If you're an avid mountain biker, then you know that choosing the right grips can make all the difference in your ride. The right grips can provide comfort, control and stability, which will enhance your performance and make your ride more enjoyable. In this guide, we will go over the different variables you should consider when choosing mountain bike grips and how to select the best grip for you.
The width of your grips is an important factor to consider when choosing your mountain bike grips. If your grips are too wide, that is if they are too long, you’ll need to move your controls (brakes, shifters or remotes) inward, which may make them harder to operate. Shorter grips on the other side are great for riders with small hands as they allow to place the controls closer to the hands. The standard is around 130mm.
The thickness of the grip is also an important consideration. Thicker grips tend to provide more cushioning, which can reduce the impact of rough terrain and make your ride more comfortable. However, they can also make it more difficult to grip the handlebars, which can compromise control. Thinner grips, on the other hand, provide better control but can be less comfortable. Bigger hands tend to thicker grips, but grip thickness is very personal.
The style of grip you choose will depend on your personal preferences and the type of riding you do. There are many different styles to choose from, including ergonomic, silicone, foam, and rubber grips. Some grips are designed to fit the contours of your hand, providing a more secure grip, while others are designed to absorb shock and reduce hand fatigue.
Grips are made from different compounds, and the type of compound you choose will determine the grip's durability, grip, and comfort. The most common compounds used in grips are silicone, foam, and rubber. Silicone grips are durable and provide a good grip, but they can be slippery when your hands get sweaty. Foam grips provide excellent cushioning, but they can be less durable. Rubber grips are a good all-around option, providing a good balance between durability, grip, and comfort.
Grips for special conditions
Grips for Sweaty Hands
If you tend to have sweaty hands when you ride, use gloves. If you tend to have sweaty hands but don’t like to ride with gloves, look for grips with a textured surface. The textured surface will provide better grip, even when your hands are wet.
Grips for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or other hand-related conditions, look for grips that are ergonomically designed. These grips are shaped to fit the contours of your hand, reducing pressure on your wrists and providing better support. At AMS we wrote a specific article about grips for carpal tunnel syndrome
Grips for Different Cycling Disciplines
Different cycling disciplines have different needs when it comes to grips. Cross-country riders may prefer thinner (and lighter) grips that provide better control, while downhill riders may prefer thicker grips that provide more cushioning and generous textures to provide a high amount of grip even in wet conditions. Trail riders may prefer a balance of both.
How to Choose Mountain Bike Grips
When choosing mountain bike grips, consider the following:
- Width: Choose a grip that fits your hand comfortably and provides a good balance between control and comfort. Make sure you have enough space on the handlebar to place the shifters, brakes or other controls needed.
- Thickness: Consider the type of terrain you'll be riding and choose a grip that provides the right level of cushioning. If you ride on smooth gravel paths you probably need less cushioning that if you rider technical descents on rocky terrain.
- Style: Choose a style that meets your personal preferences and the type of riding you do.
- Compound: Choose a compound that provides a good balance between durability, grip, and comfort: silicone, foam or rubber.
How to Choose Dirt Bike Handlebar Grips
When choosing dirt bike handlebar grips, consider the following:
- Width: Choose a grip that fits your hand comfortably and provides a good balance between control and comfort.
- Thickness: Consider the type of terrain you'll be riding and choose a grip that provides the right level of cushioning and protection.
- Style: Look for grips with a textured surface or silicone grips for improved grip when your hands get sweaty.
- Compound: Choose a compound that is durable and provides good grip, such as silicone or rubber.
What we can recommend
AMS, All Mountain Style offers a wide selection of mountain bike and dirt bike grips, each designed with specific cycling disciplines in mind. Our grips are made from high-quality materials and are designed to provide the right balance of comfort, control, and durability. Whether you're a cross-country rider, trail rider, or downhill rider, AMS has a grip that will meet your needs.
If you’re a cross-country rider or component weight is your obsession, we can recommend the Extralight grips.
If you’re a trail or enduro rider that want a compromise of grip and comfort choose between the many Berm grips.
If you ride enduro or downhill and grip is your top priority, choose between the many Cero grips.
In conclusion, choosing the right grips for your mountain bike or dirt bike is essential to enhance your performance and make your ride more enjoyable.
Consider the width, thickness, style, and compound of the grip when making your selection, and choose a grip that meets your personal preferences and the type of riding you do. With the right grips, you'll be able to enjoy your ride to the fullest.