Salsa Juegos de Fuego 2-Ply GripsThe Juegos dual-ply construction and asymmetrically bulged shape enhance comfort and control.The raised pepper surface is muy moto, and it feels goodToo. Includes a set of Fire-Plugs bar plugs Soft peppers add cushTo outside Core material grips bar securely
Strengths: Using the lock-on version. Last grips you need. As the grips age, your sweat seems to slowly break them down, making them even stickier. They usually last for about 2-3 seasons.
Weaknesses: Yes, when your hands sweat, your grips will become slippery. This is why we wear gloves. If your gloves are slipping off these grips, your gloves suck, not these grips. Seriously, if you are sweating so badly that you can't hold on to these sticky grips because of a sweating problem, I don't think any brand of grip is going to help you. You may just need to lash your wrists to the bars with a leather thong.
These are the ones you want. Unless you're a sweaty-ass, slippery-glove-wearing, single-speed outlaw.
Similar Products Used: Only grips I've used that have stood out enough to remember
Bike Setup: 29" HT.
a Weekend Warrior
from Houston Texas
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2009
Strengths: nice texture for good gripping, not too soft. peppers look cool.
Weaknesses: slick when sweat gets to them but with gloves not really a problem.
Great grip for the money. Just soft enough for comfort but still provides great control when you need to hand on for dear life. installed with isopropyl alcohol specifically used for IV dressings and these babies are not coming off. Would buy these again for sure.
Bike Setup: fixed gear bike w/ semi-track geometry and flat bar
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2006
Strengths: Soft and comfortable Good grip when dry Hold well on the bar
Weaknesses: Sweat makes 'em slippery as heck Plugs fit loosely in bars
My first impression of these grips was pretty positive. They didn't twist at all once installed on the bars, and they felt pretty comfortable. The raised soft rubber peppers and ergonomic shape are nice.
Unfortunately, when my hands start to sweat the grips become completely worthless. They're slippery when wet, even with gloves on. It might not be as much of a problem on my geared bike, but when I'm mashing up a hill on my single speed, I need all the leverage on the bars that I can get. My hands slipping off of the bars makes this very difficult.
Hot, humid days and these gloves don't mix, so two chiles overall. Two chiles for value, because it was $10 flushed down the drain.
Bike Setup: xc hardtail norco frame... shimano LX '05 group set, marzocchi exr pro shocks, avid ball bearing 7 disc brake and avid d7 lever, easton ea50 handle bar, fsa stem, mavic 223 rim, da bomb saddle, specialize enduro tire
a Weekend Warrior
from Ft. Wayne, IN, USA
Date Reviewed: October 12, 2004
Strengths: comfort, durability
Weaknesses: twist some on the bar
I haven't had a day of regret putting these grips on -- they cushion the hands well, they last, changing out is a little rough (they've been on two bars now), and they do tend to twist just a bit, more so on the carbon bar than the alloy. The end plugs didn't fit the alloy bar, so I had to use expansion plugs (Schwinn BMX) then. But the grips are a worthy investment -- couldn't find the ODI type, would have gotten the best of both worlds! ODI is the only thing I could think of to replace these with.
Bike Setup: hardtail, Profile carbon riser, Prodigy stem, Manitou 100mm, XT crank, 8-speed, BG saddle, Hayes mech discs
from Wheaton, IL
Date Reviewed: September 30, 2004
Strengths: Don't slide stay in place, dry quickly, no numbness, excellent grip.
Weaknesses: none yet
I never found a grip that would not slip until Salsa. Plus never had a problem with getting wet. The squares let air pass through, while the very functional chili peppers have excellent bite. I also have the salsa gloves which work well with these grips
Jonathan 'jonowee' Wee
a Cross Country Rider
from Perth, WA, Australia
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2004
Strengths: [Review for Lock-On model.] -Lock-On security, ease fo use, installation. - +Grip. - Wide. - Neat and cheeky pepper design that also vent the grip.
Weaknesses: - Wide, Lock-on grips don't fit on cramped riser bars. (WILL SOMEONE FROM GRIP-MAKING LAND PLEASE, PLEASE MAKE GRIPS IN THE DIFFERENT DESIGNS AND CONFIGURATION TO NOT LEAVE GRIPSHIFT USERS BEHIND DAZED AND FUSTRATED. Come on, you can't ignore it that there thousands of gripshift users, $$.) - Lock-On starters may be scared off by the premium. - Currently only comes in black only. - Lock-On's design does not allow dual density grip design for plush feel. (Back to the drawing board peoples.)
Outstanding if you don't ride gripshifts. I'm looking up info on ODI Lock-Ons and they have Lock-Ons in narrower widths. Should swap them. Lock-Ons are the way of the future if they come in all the design and configurations (dual-density).
a Cross Country Rider
from Apex, NC
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2003
Strengths: the dont spin on my bar
Weaknesses: hard to hold onto when they get sweaty
I liked these grips fine until I rode trails today in 95 degree heat. I had to cut my ride short because I could not hang on to these things. If you ride in the heat, these might be ok w/ full finger gloves. I went straight to the bike shop and got some RaceFace good-and-evils.
Bike Setup: 2002 Hoo Koo E Koo w/ Manitou SX Carbon, Easton EA50 stem, seat post and xc handlebar, Kenda Kilmax tires and lite weight tubes.
from Claremont, CA
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2003
Strengths: Look mad cool, grippy, feel good on most of the hand, absorb vibes well
Weaknesses: hurts the heel of my hand, a little slippery when wet
Since I'm a big dork (and a big poser) I've got a superman color scheme going on (red, yellow, blue). The grips look mad cool on my bike. I did the look and the feel of the little chili peppers. Like the plugs. My fingers and palms really like these grips. The heels of my hands hurt like none other when riding them though. Even with gloves. Never happened with my ODIs. Overall, I like 'em though.
Similar Products Used: ODI assault- ah, my nishiki cascade and the early '90s
Bike Setup: access XCL frame, lx/xt drive train, stx-rc vees with avid sd7 levers, thudbuster w/ selle italia gel flite, titec hellbent bars w/ big al stem, indy c - the wonders of a college student budget
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2003
Strengths: Grip is the perfect size and shape for my hands! The slight bulge in the center conforms to the shape of your hands well. The raised peppers have grip, tackiness and provide comfort against vibration. The bar end caps are soft and fit the ends of your bars easy. They don't budge once their on. Reasonably priced. Nice colors available. Sharp-looking.
Weaknesses: I wish they would last longer but they do last longer than most grips. They will wear out more if you ride w/ them wet. Otherwise they will last 6-7 months w/ everyday hard riding. Hard to get off once their on.
Get them if you have smaller to medium size hands and want comfort. I got them b/c Oury's and Odi Rouge were too thick for my hands. Good for freeride and XC. I highly recommend them! They are almost Perfect and I haven't found a better grip so I must give them 5's all-around!
Similar Products Used: WTB, Oury, ControlTech, Titec, GT, Odi
Bike Setup: Trek Bruiser, WTB Moto 2.4, 2.5 Weirwolf, Fox 125R, RF Prodigy DH cranks, Alex Supra E rear wheel, DM24 front wheel. Titec hellbent bar and stem, Deore drivetrain, Haro Mirra seat and those Salsa fuego grips!