Which is better, hard or soft grips? What will give you the most miles without fatigue or the best grip for tricky moves on the trail? Do you ride with gloves or not? There lies the debate. There are a lot of different handlebar grips on the market, but few better than this staple. The WTB Dual Compound Grip is our go-to grip for our custom bike builds. It is firmly on the soft end of the squish spectrum, with the outer portion being made of a durable, firm gel that offers up a comfy cushion. It has raised diamond shaped knobs set close enough together that it can be used gloved or not with no detriment to the bare handed rider. The WTB logo knobs are a bit thicker in the middle of the grip than at the edges, lending the Dual Compound Grip a slight ergonomic shape that comfortably fits in the palm. The Kraton base layer is sticky enough to resist unwanted twisting once the grip is installed properly. Black/Grey.
Similar Products Used: Oury, other wtbs, trek oem's
Bike Setup: Currently on my IH warrior ht, tried on the trek rigid 930 but weren't plush enough
from Cape Town, South Africa
Date Reviewed: March 17, 2008
Strengths: Comfy. Stays put.
I've used these grips now for over 4 years and wouldn't even consider anything else. The shape has a gentle bulge in the centre which provides just enough cushioning for your hands. Also, if used with gripshift it makes a nice transition to the shifter.
Bike Setup: Mountain Cycle Zen, used for marathon racing
a Weekend Warrior
from Cary, NC, USA
Date Reviewed: December 16, 2007
Strengths: nice and grippy doesn't slide works decent in wet weather (I only ride w/ gloves when my hands are cold)
Weaknesses: Wears down pretty fast. I got these in august, dead by mid november gets a bit slippery in the rain w/o gloves dirt likes to stick to it
before i mention anything else, remember i don't use gloves.
When i first used these, I was amazed at how grippy and comfy they were. I took them on a 50 mile ride, no pain / numbness at all. They're great in just about every aspect. The only problem i've had is when it rains hard. When i take a wet hand off and put it back on the grip, it gets fairly slippery. These suckers wore out pretty quick too.
Im getting into DH/DS/4x these days anyways, so my next grips will probably be lock ons
Similar Products Used: stock grips on crappy bikes, hoffmann mushroom grips, bontragers, eastern OG grips
Bike Setup: azonic ds1. (horizontal dropout version :p ) rockshox psylo. Azonic shorty stem. Koski bars, front rim rhyno lite, back singletrack. Both hubs XT LX crankset
Running 9 in back, 2 + bash up front
a Cross Country Rider
from Kittanning, PA, United States
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2007
Strengths: Grips dont slide on handlebars once there on. Great material and craftsman ship. Hands are like there glued to these grips, litterally there is no hand slipage at all.
Weaknesses: None except I had sore hands and about 15 blisters trying to get these bad boys on my bars but, I guess thats what you want(no movement in your grips)
The bottom line is im a cross country (mainly) downhill rider that puts in about 60miles a week. Whether its raining, snowing, or sweat is just pouring out everywhere these grips are awesome not one time have I had these grips slide on my handle bars and not one time have I lost my grip on these grips for the price and the way they preform there a awesome deal.
Bike Setup: Mongoose Wing Super 06: FrontFork: RockShox J2, RearShock: KS-291, CrankSet:TruVativ Blaze Power, FrontDeraillure: Shimano Acera, RearDeraillure: SRAM SX-5.0, Rims: WTB Speed Disc, Tires: Kenda Komodo, Brakes: Hayes Sole Hydraulic Disc, Grips: WTB Dual Compound Grips, HandleBar: WTB XTC, Steam: WTB 130mm XTC, Seat: WTB Speed V Sport Saddle, Computer: CatEye MC-100 Wireless computer, Skewers: Salsa, Endbars: Forte Ergo Carbon End Bars, Barplugs: Hope Doctor Bar plugs, BreakLevers: DangerBoy
from South Bend, IN
Date Reviewed: June 30, 2007
Strengths: Long-lasting, worked great in all conditions (with gloves). I'm shopping for my first replacement pair after 8 years and 1000's of miles.
Weaknesses: Used without gloves, they wear down pretty quick until they become very sticky. Not really a weakness, but something to look out for.
I put thousands of miles on my bike with these grips, and they worked perfectly. When my bike shifted to commuter status, I rode it without gloves more and more. The grips quickly disintegrated and got to where they're annoyingly sticky. So don't get these if you don't intend to wear gloves while riding.
a Weekend Warrior
from Budapest, Hungary
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2006
Strengths: Perfect Size, not too plush, grippy in dry & in wet (even with soaked gloves), cheap.
Weaknesses: None so far.
I'm very happy with these grips, they were a cheap and excellent improvement on the grips supplied with the bike. I was worried about the wet weather grip factor (as some had commented on), but they worked well for me.
a Cross Country Rider
from Santa Ana,CA, USA
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2005
Strengths: Good grip, nice feel, durable
These grips work great. I have never had a problem with them. I wear gloves with them and in dry or wet weather they work. Comfortable and have had minimal movement on the bars. I am going to buy another pair.
Bike Setup: Blur,XT components, Xclone disc wheels, Marzocchi forks
a Cross Country Rider
from Loganville, GA USA
Date Reviewed: July 22, 2004
Strengths: Excellent all weather grip, and very good feel.
Weaknesses: None as yet
The bottom line is that for the money, these are the best grips out there. Sure, others are more cushy, and others may look better, but they cost five times or more as much as the WTB Dual Compound Trail grips. When used in conjunction with gloves, there is absolutely no slipping at all under any weather conditions. All grips slip at some point when wet with bare hands, so use common sense in those instances...
a Cross Country Rider
from Long Island NY
Date Reviewed: April 30, 2003
Strengths: Good compound, good feel to the bar, Good gripping surface. Seem well constructed and will last for a long time. I never Have Had Problems with WTB in the past.
Weaknesses: None so far
I have never had problems with grips before just good luck I guess. When I had to cut off my S-Works that I liked alot I was bummed. I wasn't able to get a replacemnt for these grips I don't think Specialized makes em anymore. So I got these fo 10 bucks, I never ever had problems with WTB in the past and I liked the dual compound grip design. These are better that my S-Works. They don't fall aprt like they did when I cut em for barends, Plugs come with em and they perform the one fuction they are suppose to do GRIP!. I like em they don't twist and don't shred either. Try em out, hey it's a grip ya don't like em cut em off. PEACE!
Similar Products Used: Pedros, WTB, Specialized, s-ram
Bike Setup: 02 Specilaized StumpJumper FSR
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2003
Strengths: They don't slip, twist, tear, slide, rip, or fade.
Weaknesses: It's just a grip!
After using "Oury" grips for a few weeks of Slipping, Twisting, Tearing, Sliding, Ripping and Fading, I decided to try something else. The oury's were more plush(at first), but that's it. I feel in better control with the WTBs, and have noticed less numbness in the hands. Best of all, they do exactly what they’re supposed to do, "Grip".
Weaknesses: Fairly thin - sometimes this is bad i suppose. Not comfy when worn
This is one of my favorite grips. They work really well for x-country, and are nice and soft when new. My current pair is worn out and getting thin, and now they are super uncomfortable and make my hand start to get numb after a few hours, but thats to be expected with any worn out grips.
I dont feel they work well for freeride though, because they are a little thin... I like a thicker grip on my freeride bike, but like I said... great for XC.
Strengths: They are grips, they are comfortable, you don't notice them when you're riding, and they don't twist about.
I like these grips. They stay on the bars, I like the dual compound, and I never think about them. My only complaint is that they wear out eventually (I rode my first pair about 5 times per week for over a year and a half). I guess everything wears out eventually. So, it's not really a weakness specific to these WTB grips. They're excelent.
Similar Products Used: Oakley, light foam, ODI Lock-on
Bike Setup: Sugar +
a Cross Country Rider
from Mountain View
Date Reviewed: January 14, 2003
Strengths: Long lasting, comfortable, non-slipping grips.
Weaknesses: Wish they were lighter - not that they are heavy (but there must be a way to improve on everything, right?).
What makes these grips good? Well, it's easier to tell you what it does not. It does not wear out quickly, it does not slip when you're in the middle of a climb, it's not a spongey grip that requires you to squeeze it like a tennis ball to keep the front end straight, and it's not expensive.
A grip is supposed to be comfortable and be ignored when you ride. If you think about your grips while riding, you need different ones. Put these on and ride.
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