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    What exactly are "lock-on" grips?

    For example: http://lizardskins.com/products/view...&page_number=1

    What's the difference between these lock-on grips and regular slip-on ones? Would I need a specific handle bar to install the lock-on ones?

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    The difference is in how they are secured...the handlebar is the same.

    Slip-ons require friction to hold them in place...making them harder to get on and off (hence hairspray and other such methods being suggested for getting them on)..but they can also slide off if things go wrong (which is why some riders wire them on as well).

    Lock-ons use two bolts to tighten a pair of rings (one at the inboard end, one outboard), which basically clamp the grip to the bar in the same fashion that the stem holds the handlebar.
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    Yeah - what Mike said,

    I've had good luck w/ these - the collars are aluminum, so they're easily stripped by the screw.
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    how do yall think these will look (white grips with red clamps) on my rockhopper (red/white color scheme -- added a white avatar gel saddle as well)





    too much white?

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    I just mounted my first pair of lock on's today, they are FAR superior than the old slip on grips. It's going to make working on the bars WAY easier! They look pretty nice also and mine are a larger diameter as well and are way more comfortable than my old skinny ones.
    I will never buy a slip on grip again. A.H

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    I have done slip ons and lock ons, lock ons are nice in case you do want to remove handle bars, brakes, or shifters, for whatever reason. That said, my favorite grips are still the old Salsa Juegos, they are very sticky, slightly bulged in the middle, cheap, and most importantly seem to be the least painful to my hands. Oh, and guess what, they come in both slip on and now lock on's as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oliveryou
    how do yall think these will look (white grips with red clamps) on my rockhopper (red/white color scheme -- added a white avatar gel saddle as well)


    too much white?

    i have the white peaty grips on my DH rig, there sick, super grippy ,well worth it. plus they look sick

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