a Cross Country Rider
from Los Angeles, CA
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2008
Strengths: Stays Puts, Strong
This is a great grip system. The clamps are easy to install and stay put, the grips are comfortable. The only downside is that it's expensive, but considering how much longer these tend to last than cheaper grips, I think it evens out in the long run.
Strengths: Great feeling grip. Decent wear. When locked tight, the grips does not move.
Weaknesses: The screws are made of butter. You have to be so careful to not overtighten for the head will strip, then you're SOL. I have stripped 2 sets now. ARRGH! The size is suppose to be 2.5mm, but it actually is a bit loose which is what causes it to strip it. I've emailed Odi about it, but never got a response. Too bad!
If you have extra screws around, or are a surgeon at tightening screws these may be for you. Some others have not had this problem, try em and decide for yourself. If you don't like, you can always compain here. It's off to the nut and bolt store again, they really love it when you make them look for 2 $0.05 screws.
Strengths: Very secure fit so far... Super grippy... 10x better than stock grips!!!
Weaknesses: The set screws are very soft!!! Go slow and easy otherwise you will strip em out easily!!! If you do strip one out then go to hardware store and get a small stripped screw remover and follow directions... worked on mine like a charm!
worth every penny... Lock-ons are great! Especially if you have hada slide on grip come off in the middle of a wet ride!!! Follow install directions and take it slow...
Strengths: Do what they say they're supposed to do. I like products that do that.
Weaknesses: Much more expensive then regular grips (up 3x). Metal lock rings can easily scratch things, like the cars parked in your garage. Hamfisted mechanics beware, the little bolts don't require much torque and can strip easily.
Not much to say, these things work well and are a good choice if you live in the PAC NW like me where rain can make your grips slip right off the bars. They're kind of pricey and the instructions should probably emphasize not overtightening the little screws, but above that they've done what they're supposed to do and I haven't had any problems. Overall very pleased and can say that they were worth the money.
Weaknesses: metal rings can be a little tough on the palms if you tend to have larger hands......
Excellent product. Can be ridden hard and come back for more. I've been using the system for two years without any setbacks.......have changed grips once.
Pay attention to the "burrito" below: grip tabs develop play after several years of hard riding. Well Duh! What grips wouldn't be junk after two years of hard riding....lock-ons or not! If you use your equipment hard, expect to replace it on a regular basis.......I think that one hard season of riding is a normal span of time to get from yer grips, but hey call me crazy.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 3, 2004
Strengths: Grips will not twist, period.
Weaknesses: Grips develop play and shift in the lockjaw sockets
The perfect reviews of this system come from people who do not ride very hard or have used the grips for a limited period of time.
When I first put them on, I thought I had found the promised land. A couple of years later, I think I maybe done with 'em.
They are excellent at first, but the plastic tabs on the grips which lock into the lockjaw eventually wear out, resulting in a few mm of play. Very annoying. In the final analysis, though, it is not as annoying as twisty grips. Who knows, I may stick with them after all. There is no perfect grip, so don't think these are the end of all your grip worries. They are a clever solution in need of tougher materials.
The grips themselves are nothing to write home about -- not bad, not great.
If I could get Ourys to stay put, those would be perfect.
Similar Products Used: Lots of wired grips, painted on grips, and hairspraid on grips.
Bike Setup: Giant AC1, ODI's with Intense Grips
from modesto, ca
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2003
i love them...would never ride without them...have had no problems with them in 1+ years...on all my bikes...affordable...safe...much better than trying to wire your grips...a must have for all riders!
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2003
Strengths: Sits firmly on your bar, they look intensely cool.
Weaknesses: None if you follow the instructions.
I've geen using this product for three weeks now, I've got the hardcore grips which are extremely wonderful to your palm. If you look at them the big bulky YETI letters micht look uncomfortable, but they are made out of very soft rubber, almost like latex (but not annoyingly sticky). I can understand that the issue about stripping the bolt might worry some people, but if you are careful and tighten the bolts in small steps until the grip sits tight, it's not really a problem. If you spend at least 5 minutes on this you wont be getting into any problems. An advise is to use the allen key that you get in the package and tightening the bolts with the "long end", holding the "short end" between your thumb and index finger, will make it less dangerous I think.
I've got a black bar, chromey locks and black grips... it's so insanely good looking that my love for my bike went up a notch when I put them on. ;)
I think this product is for a wide range of people, the fact that they don't slip is the best fact of course, but even if your goal is to make your bar sexier, this stuff is recommended.
Ah well, the bottom line is that they don't slip, the grip is nice and good, and they look very, very cool.
Value: 4 - A bit pricey and you can get regular grips non-slipping, even if it's more troublesome. Overall: 5 - There isn't any aspect that's not great about this product.
Similar Products Used: lizard skins, the-very-thin PD tomac ones, plus a bunch of other
Bike Setup: a frame, two wheels, and some gears
from halifax, ns, canada
Date Reviewed: June 10, 2003
Strengths: solid solid solid. easy to take on and off
Weaknesses: expensive, soft bolts
These grips are dope. Sure the bolts will strip if you over-tighten them. They're TINY. If you're not a ham-fisted mechanic, you should have no problems getting these tight (Note to ham-fisted mechs: the air wrench and sledge you use on the rest of your components won't work here! :). I've been using the same pair for over two years and it's just about time to replace em. If you ride in technical conditions, or race DH, there is nothing like these grips to increase your confidence. They just feel solid.
If you are hesitating-STOP-just buy them. Most intelligent design on the market. How somebody can **ck this system up is beyond me?? Must be retaaaaded. I've been running the Ruffian grip full length with my Sram 9.0sl shorties on an Easton ec70 carbon bar. I just ordered the new OURY lockon version for my stumpy running the Sachs Quarz shifters and an older CT2 carbon bar. No more dipping bar and grips into pots of boiling water,compressed air,screwdrivers,brute strength twisting,glue,hairspray,tape and lighter fluid,etc,etc...
Similar Products Used: none... other than other nonlockable grips
Bike Setup: '00 GT Zaskar Team issue & '02 M4 Stumpjumper Pro
from Modesto, CA
Date Reviewed: March 4, 2003
They really do keep your grips from moving at all! Added security when you need it most. You only notice them when they are NOT on. A must have for any aggressive rider...I'll never ride without them again!
Similar Products Used: normal grips...oury, answer, etc
Bike Setup: vrx 500 w/black elite 100/120, buncha other stuff
a Cross Country Rider
from Tulsa, OK. USA
Date Reviewed: March 1, 2003
Strengths: Easy installation, easy removal, reuseable, great grip surface (ruffian), and doesn't slip.
Weaknesses: Clamps and replacement grips a little pricey.
I love these grips! A little heavier than others, but worth the few extra grams. I used to have problems with grips slipping in the summertime with my sweaty hands. No more. The rubber on mine is starting to look a little ratty, so replacement will be neccesary soon.