Why AMS has one of the best grips for XC MTB?

An XC challenging course will put the rider’s endurance and bike handling skills to the test. Riders need to adapt to various terrains including single tracks, rough forest paths, and even stretches of paved roads.

What’s more, to thrive on XC tough conditions you need the right equipment which includes high-performing XC grips to ride comfortably for long while improving your handling and control. The AMS rubber and foam bike grips have been tested by expert riders in all sorts of rough conditions; their design and features will help you overcome the many obstacles you will find on XC courses.

What to consider before buying top XC MTB grips?

You will need versatile grips that will perform great in a variety of situations including downhill, uphill, and technical trail features. XC MTB grips should be comfortable with vibration-damping capabilities to ride long and arduous courses without feeling any discomfort or pain. The materials and textures combination should be as light as possible and provide a grippy surface to hold onto; you should be able to keep a good solid connection to the handlebar without having to grip too tight. 

The AMS Extralight foam grips are the top choice for cross-country riders due to their remarkable benefits. The grips are a incredibly soft and super comfortable, ensuring a comfortable ride for longer periods.These grips are made of extremely light foam, weighing less than 1/3 of the leading foam grips in the market, and its texture features a unique Tesla valve pattern that enhances grip and control, even in humid and sweaty conditions.  

The Cero and Berm collections are highly versatile and also work great for XC as well as other MTB disciplines with dimensions that fit the vast majority of riders. If you go for the Cero grip, you will have a plain gauge profile with a constant 30 mm plus dual pattern density and patterns that feel great ready to rip the toughest XC courses.

The Berm grip gives you a tapered profile with an outer diameter that ranges from 29.5 to  33.9mm; the textures and patterns provide high performance without sacrificing comfort.


Your XC grips should be securely attached to your handlebar in order to avoid slipping or twisting over the handlebar. The AMS extralight foam grips are securely attached to the handlebar; just apply a bit of hairspray or a similar bonding adhesive before installation and they are good to go. The Cero and Berm collections are securely attached by means of a lock-on collars that works great to avoid slippage.

Award-winning grips also for cross country

Don’t take our word for it! Our grips and other AMS products have been chosen by the German Magazine, World of MTB, as part of their 2023 ‘best of awards’.

With particular emphasis on our grip’s feel and stylish features, this recognition is true evidence of the hard work that’s taken to develop our high-performing and our commitment to providing you with the best possible MTB products; we are confident that AMS grips will be your best companions for XC riding.  Don’t forget to visit our grips section to check out all the amazing options!

Carles Carrera

Co-Founder, Product&Marketing

Carles' passion for Enduro MTB ignited the creation of AMS. Nowadays, you're more likely to find him speeding along scenic gravel paths, enjoying the thrill of his gravel bike.

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