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    What are the Best Grips for XC MTB

    What are the best grips for XC mountain biking? I'm looking to put them on my 2008 Rockhopper Comp 29er.

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    I like clamp-on grips, like Odi's. Easy to install, easy to take off. Personally, I prefer the thinner grip styles, but I imagine it has a lot to do with hand size and personal preference.

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    ODI Ruffian are my all time favourite, Sette makes a knock-off version that is available at pricepoint.com

    http://www.odigrips.com/mtb_ruffian_lo.htm

    http://www.setteusa.com/show.php/Parts|Grips|s_type_grips

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC_Rockhopper_29er
    What are the best grips for XC mountain biking? I'm looking to put them on my 2008 Rockhopper Comp 29er.
    Do a search (use the advanced search function) and you will get more info then you will care to read. I imagine most people use the same grips for xc, trail, All mountain, racing, and 29ers, maybe even DH and FR.

    I like ODI ruffian lock-ons because I like grips that are thin, firm, and are easily removable/replaceable yet never slip.

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    ergons? pricey, but i just got a pair to try out so we will see...

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    Oury lock ons. I like race face good n evil too for non lock-on. Unless you have an air compressor, get lock ons

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC_Rockhopper_29er
    What are the best grips for XC mountain biking? I'm looking to put them on my 2008 Rockhopper Comp 29er.
    The ones that fit onto the best fitting set of handlebars. If you any grip on an ill fitting bar, you probably won't have good results.

    BTW, I ODI Ruffians on Azonic Strip bars, 28" WIDE mounted and mounted with a slight downsweep.

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    Depends on where you live

    Quote Originally Posted by KC_Rockhopper_29er
    What are the best grips for XC mountain biking? I'm looking to put them on my 2008 Rockhopper Comp 29er.
    ... but I love those Sefras dual compound grips. THey have a harder rubber core to grip your bars, and a soft rubber outer.

    If you live where it rains a lot, and ride in the wet, get lock ons. I personally kinda hate them because of those alu rings, and hard feeling grip surface, but they come on and off easily, and they will never spin in the wet. I also like to put my hands on the outside ends of the bars, and with that alu ring there it digs into your hands.

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    Call me odd but I've always prefered foam grips, other grips are either too hard, leave a sticky residue on my hands or just feel...wrong. Besides foams weigh and cost nothing so that's a plus
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    what not to get is race face good n evil. On the smooth side my had slipped in the summer from sweat, but I rotated them and they worked well. They are heavy though.
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    I second the foam grips. Cheap and good

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    I'm a massive fan of Salsa Pepperjacks.. comfy and look rad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RatchAttack
    ODI Ruffian are my all time favourite, Sette makes a knock-off version that is available at pricepoint.com

    http://www.odigrips.com/mtb_ruffian_lo.htm

    http://www.setteusa.com/show.php/Parts|Grips|s_type_grips

    hope this helps

    I second the ODI lock-on grips.

    I use the Rogue (slightly thicker) model and love it

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    I'm a fan of the ODI lock-ons as well. I like the Rogue modle grip cuz of the larger diameter.

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    I have used Lizard Skins Logo's for years. They just fit right. I also have a pair of Peaty's that I am putting on a build that feel great. Both are lock ons.

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    ODI Rogue lock-ons are my favorite choice b/c I like larger diameter grips and a softer feel.




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    Yeah there has been threads on this in the past, generally there are a lot of ODI fans out there.

    I like the Oury grips (non lock on), they're fat & cushy, but the ends tend to wear through pretty quick (which is fine for XC riding but not for DH racing).

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    Hell is eternally climbing manzanita trail on your singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdenn
    ergons? pricey, but i just got a pair to try out so we will see...
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    Depends on your hand size though. Ergons are great for big hands, they're comfortable (easy on the wrists) and when you lay your bike down they won't rip or tear the ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdenn
    ergons? pricey, but i just got a pair to try out so we will see...
    My girlfriend really likes the Ergons I put on her mountain bike.

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    i like the ergons too. they really help put your hand in the right position for dual control. plus, even without a barend, they allow you to grip the ends during climbs. that being said, i also like the Gn'E for non locks, because they are narrow and tough, but they do get slick after being sweat on. gloves help a lot. probably not so good for xc.

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    I like the Ergons but they are pricey. I'm running a set of lock on Ourys right now and they're awesome. Performance has a lock on grip that's nice too, but they're a bit skinny for me.

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