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Does anyone have any recomendations for a set of grips that will work well with bar ends?

Ideally I'd like to find some grips that have lock on end plugs (so that I don't need to cut the ends off) and not too long in order to leave some cockpit space after grips and bar ends are fitted. I know that there's a few that seem to fit the bill on the internet, but without having them available to try them out, its hard to tell. Thanks for your help!
 

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Mingsta said:
Does anyone have any recomendations for a set of grips that will work well with bar ends?

Ideally I'd like to find some grips that have lock on end plugs (so that I don't need to cut the ends off) and not too long in order to leave some cockpit space after grips and bar ends are fitted. I know that there's a few that seem to fit the bill on the internet, but without having them available to try them out, its hard to tell. Thanks for your help!
I'm using ODI Lock-ons with bar ends. They come in a short length for use with Grip Shift, which might work for you. Someone else posted not too long ago that they take the regular length and just cut one end off to the size they like. Apparently, the one lock ring was enough to hold them on, though I've not tried this myself.

Kathy :^)
 

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Run your favorite grips and hollow out the ends with a razor blade. I run handguards on my dirtbike and have to do this all the time. If your still set on getting grips with open ends, try WTB dual density grips. I'm running those and they are comfy and have open ends.
 

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rubber rim tape

there used to be a maker of bar-end slide-on rubber covers, I forget who made them, but they were great, nice and thin, and sticky rubber so you could just rest your hands on them and they wouldn't slip.
Lizard Skin makes some, but they are slippery, I tried them, cut them off and threw them away. Garbage.
Regular bar grips are too fat for bar-ends.
Best alternative I've come up with is to wrap the bar-ends with rubber rim strips, the rubber is nice and tacky, works just like the aforementioned slide-on rubber covers, only you have to secure the end with electrical tape.

Who uses bar-ends? Me, for one, I wouldn't be without them. I got a rant posted somewhere on one of these here forums about how bar-ends make MORE sense for today's riser/short stem setup. Look it up so you have some ammunition when some fashion idiot makes fun of yer bar-ends.
 

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Maybe try this...

I've used grip tape meant as an "overwrap" for the built in (faux) leather grips of tennis / badminton / squash racquets. Start at the one end and wrap it tightly over top of itself to hold it in place, then wind around until you finally fasten the loose end with a round of electrical tape. It's thin and relatively grippy, but durability obviously isn't as good as a rubber grip, and it will hold some moisture. A few bucks for a pack of 3 rolls that will probably do your bar ends several times over, probably found at most sporting goods stores that carry tennis racquets and similar.
 

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Depends on whether you mean grips to slip over the bar ends or grips to use on the main bar when using bar ends.

I picked up some Salsa Pepperjacks for the second use. I haven't installed them yet and since they are long I may cut them down a notch. They are already open on the ends and come with bar end plugs or you can get the plugs seperate. Still waiting on the bar ends to get here Performance has been pretty slow.
 

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Run your favorite grips and hollow out the ends with a razor blade. I run handguards on my dirtbike and have to do this all the time. If your still set on getting grips with open ends, try WTB dual density grips. I'm running those and they are comfy and have open ends.
what type of handguards? ...motorcycle handguards?? I banged the crap out of my hand on a tree while desending a narrow singletrack. I can't find any "mountain bike handguards"
...guess I'll take the ones off my KTM & see if they fit.:skep:
CT
 

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Ergon grips with built in bar ends. They are great.

My hardtail has MTB handguards (after a fashion :p) You can see it in my gallery.
 

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Serfas connectors come in a shorter version for gripshifts. would probably work well for bar ends, but you might as well cut a standard pair to length.
 

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I've recently tried the Ergon grips without the barends. If I was to use barends I'd consider them for sure. Here is a link to a thread with good pictures of them.

Ronnie.
 

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People are talking about two different things in this thread.

Grips to use on the bar when using bar ends & grips to use specifically on the bar end.

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I use lock jaw grips on all of my mtn bikes.

Of those with bar ends, on one bike I use the Cane Creek bar ends that don't require grips, they also function as the grip lock on the end of the bar.

On the other bike I use as a commuter, I just went to the LBS and bought the thinest grips I could find as they need to bend, and thick grips would kink & bulge.
 

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To cut the end off grips, I usually just use a rubber mallet on the end when they are installed. A few blows will cut a neat hole. Then move them in a bit (might need to move your shifters and brakes) and install the bar ends.
 

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COWTIPPER said:
what type of handguards? ...motorcycle handguards?? I banged the crap out of my hand on a tree while desending a narrow singletrack. I can't find any "mountain bike handguards"
...guess I'll take the ones off my KTM & see if they fit.:skep:
CT
I can't say that I've ever run motorcycle handguards on anything but my motorcycle. That is not a bad idea for some woodsy downhill singletrack:idea: Post some pics when you put them on.
 
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