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 Post subject: Handlebar Grips
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:54 pm 
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Silly question, but what bar grips do you guys use/recommend? I know some people use bar tape, but the end plug is too big for the narrow opening on mountain bikes (at least with my RXL carbon bars). Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:10 pm 
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This is going to sound like a "duh" response, but you don't have to use the bar plugs that come with the tape.
One trick so you can avoid finishing tape on a Mtb bar is to superglue the end down. It works very well.
I use ESI chunky grips.


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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:10 pm 
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I'm just worried about the dust entering the bars at the ends, which is why I asked. I have no problem using tape on the bars, but was wondering if anyone had put any thought into the grips, or is it more of an afterthought?

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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:38 pm 
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I like Ritchey WCS. They cost nothing, weigh 42g and last forever.
ESI Chunky and Racer's Edge are the other popular weenie grips.


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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:44 pm 
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Thanks for the help!

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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:28 pm 
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Ritchey are my favorites. Bontrager foam are nice as well. 8 euros, 30gr.

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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:36 pm 
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Bar tape for me. I use the plastic bar plugs from el cheapo rubber grips. The best thing about bar tape is that you can make it as thicker as you like by altering the amount of overlap or even making multiple layers. And it is comfy... and lightweight...

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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:29 pm 
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I'm going to try to fit some leftover road bar ends in, and see if that works. If it does, I'll go with bar tape. If not, I'll give the ESI's a shot, since they're relatively cheap on Amazon.

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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
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Extralite foam are great.


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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 2:38 am 
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ESI Chunky grips.


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ESI Chunky.

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 9:05 am 
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Bontrager RXL

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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 5:29 pm 
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I picked up a set of the ESI Chunky's off Amazon. Mounted them on my Cobia, so I'll be trying them out there while I build the Superfly. I'll give a full report when I'm done. I can tell you, off the bat, they feel more comfortable than the Bontrager SSR's on there before.

Oh, and BTW, the ESI grips are true to advertised weight (60g).

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 Post subject: Re: Handlebar Grips
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Avenir Agg407, same as Pork rinds or KCNC but half the price (14g with ends for £6)

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