Did a forum search and found a few people even mention cork grips, but I think they'd look really nice on my bike, showing I'm more of a style whore than an actual mountain biker. I am just wondering if anyone out there has ever used cork grips with a rigid fork and how they liked them....
Cork is great... except if you crash, and then it gets torn up fast... and you need to keep them clean, or the sweat/oils/dirt fill in the porous surface and make it smooth and hard (read: slippery). Some have a tendency to swell in wet weather, and then crack when things get hot/dry.
In the end, great for style points, but less practical than synthetic grips. FWIW, I've had a similar experience with leather bar tape. High maintentance.
That is what I was worried about. I was thinking about shellacking them to keep weather at bay, but considering I'm about to begin 8 months of wet, muddy riding, I might just have to be practical instead of a trendy douchebag.