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    Question for SRAM Gripshift users

    I just got a set of SRAM XO grip shifts. I used the SRAM grips that came with the set and gripping the handlebar now seems like a real chore.

    Are you supposed to ride with your hands on the shifters? Partially on the shifters? I have Marta SL brakes and I can hardly reach the levers depending on where my hands are.

    How long are the grips youre using with your shifters?

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    grips

    I have been using gripshift for years and really like it. I buy the grips I like (Salsa Chili Peppers) and then cut them down with some utility scissors in one cut. There probably 1 to 1.5 inches longer than the grips that come with the shifters.

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    I run Sram shorties and I cut the supplied grips to pretty much match the length of a standard grip with the shifter rubber grip section and cut grip combined. Perhaps just a tad longer. I do not have problems with false shifts with this.

    I've seen half pipes installed with a same Sram grips and that makes you mount the brake levers too far inboard IMO. Looks kind of funky too.

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    Much better

    I went for a ride yesterday and instead of using the SRAM grips that came with the shifters, I used a set of ESI grips cut down to 80mm. This was much better. Looks like glenk does somethig very similar.

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    recently swapped to gripshift and I'm not going back to triggers.

    Finding a good position was instantaneous. I just cut down some old Yeti grips.

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    I have XO twisters and ride with my thumb and first finger loosly gripping the shifter grip. I've used Juicy and Formula disc brake levers and never had a problem finding a comfortble layout - but I DO think you'll need to position part of your hand on the shifter grip to make it all fit.

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    XO with Juicy sevens. I use the grips that came with the shifters. I think they are 110mm. I use to run the Odi lock on grips that are 90 mm and felt they were too short even for my small hands. I don't like gripping the shifter if I don't have too. Not that it shifts inadvertently, I just feel the XO and grip are not has flush as my Attack(amy grips) with odi lockons on my hardtail. I don't have problems reaching my levers.
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    I'm riding X9 GS with Martas and yes, I find the brake levers a little short to ride completely off the shifter. I end up with my thumb/index finger wrapped around the notch between the shifter and grip when I need easy access to my brakes. The good news is I only need one finger on the brake.

    I'm using Ergon grips - I got the regular (not GS) version and cut them down with a hacksaw - they are little longer than the GS version, which seems intended to use with your hand on the shifter all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules
    I'm riding X9 GS with Martas and yes, I find the brake levers a little short to ride completely off the shifter. I end up with my thumb/index finger wrapped around the notch between the shifter and grip when I need easy access to my brakes. The good news is I only need one finger on the brake.

    I'm using Ergon grips - I got the regular (not GS) version and cut them down with a hacksaw - they are little longer than the GS version, which seems intended to use with your hand on the shifter all the time.
    I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one not completely comfortable with these. It does feel a ton better after I cut the grips way down though. I'm going for another ride today so I'll see if it still feels good.

    Thanks for the replies everyone.

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    Yup yup. XO grip shifters w/Speed Dial Ti levers, cut down some foam grips so that the length of the shifter grip + foam grip is about the same length as a normal grip. It's much more comfortable that way for me, and it's easier to shift. No problems with accidentally shifting. I don't think I'll ever run another shifter.

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