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    ESI grips in white - dirty?

    These seem to be a popular grip for [rigid] SS riders, so I thought I'd ask here.
    I'll be getting the Chunkies soon and am considering the white version to match my rims. My concern is, do ESI grips get dirty easily, and if so, are they a pain to clean?
    If the answer to the latter is "yes" then I'll just get the black instead
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    I can't imagine ANY set of white grips staying clean.

    Even on a road bike...

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    i dont know how long they would stay white but its made of foam and it will absorb any liquid and when it dries im sure it wont be so white after that. Eventually it would be white-ish black.

    i have the black version installed and i am very happy with its performance! i recommend it!

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    I have a pair of white ones on my Ti SS. Been there for 2 years now. Yeah, they get dirty pretty fast, but they will go back to mostly white with some cleaner and a brush.

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    Get the white... they will look beautiful on a new build for about 8 seconds until the first real ride, then it will only look awesome.

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    I had the ergon green ones and they got dirty fast. They do clean up easily though. I now run the black ones (mainly because there isn't much of anything white/green on my bike).

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    I have had white ESI Chunkies for 6 months or so.
    The grips are not made of foam.
    They are silicone.
    Like anything white, they soil easily, but fortunately clean-up just as easily with a cleaner like Simple Green - which makes them look like new.

    If you want to keep them looking right white all the time, you will be cleaning them every time you ride - which only takes a few seconds. But like the bike itself, after the honeymoon period , most people get used to seeing them soiled and just clean them whenever they clean the bike.
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    I had the chunky reds and they got dirty pretty quick. Can't imagine trying to keep a white pair clean. I swapped out to some Ergons in black. I liked the ESI, I was just over the red and wanted to try some Ergons.

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    I've got the chunky greens and like others have said, they show wear pretty easily. Clean up good though, I still probly wouldn't do white.

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    Mine went from white to brown in about 5 minutes.

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    my grays are getting darker pretty quickly. but i dont really care they still look good on my bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by trueblue01gt View Post
    my grays are getting darker pretty quickly. but i dont really care they still look good on my bikes
    I actually want the gray but the only colours I'm interested in that my LBS has in stock are the white and black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fryed_1 View Post
    Get the white... they will look beautiful on a new build for about 8 seconds until the first real ride, then it will only look awesome.
    Haha! Good one. Thanks
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I cross-posted this in the General discussion forum and got 2 replies versus 10 here. SSers are the best

    Honestly, with all the seemingly 'negative' inputs about the white ones, I'm actually leaning towards them. I know, I'm crazy...
    Better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1Gel View Post
    Honestly, with all the seemingly 'negative' inputs about the white ones, I'm actually leaning towards them. I know, I'm crazy...
    Not crazy at all.

    Anything white will appear soiled quickly when used in a dirt environment, whether it be a football/baseball uniform, cleats or a mtb saddle. The only real question is whether the item can be quickly/easily cleaned, or whether you have to take heroic measures to clean it, or worse - it remains forever "dingy white" no matter what you do.

    These grips clean-up to bright white quite easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fryed_1 View Post
    ESI grips in white - dirty?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1337046993.627084.jpg

    Mine have been on for about 6wks I guess. 4-6 rides a week, 30 or so miles each day I ride. On and off road, about half and half. Here's what mine look like and I have run a hose or rag over it in about 2 weeks and even been through a couple rainstorms (riding). You're call. Mine are the white odi Troy lee.
    Thanks for the pic
    Might not be an accurate comparison though, since the ESIs are a different material.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpjumpy View Post
    Not crazy at all.

    Anything white will appear soiled quickly when used in a dirt environment, whether it be a football/baseball uniform, cleats or a mtb saddle. The only real question is whether the item can be quickly/easily cleaned, or whether you have to take heroic measures to clean it, or worse - it remains forever "dingy white" no matter what you do.

    These grips clean-up to bright white quite easily.
    True.
    Thanks for the reassurance
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    Mine have been on for about 6wks I guess. 4-6 rides a week, 30 or so miles each day I ride. On and off road, about half and half. Here's what mine look like and I have run a hose or rag over it in about 2 weeks and even been through a couple rainstorms (riding). You're call. Mine are the white odi Troy lee.

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    Haven't run a hose or cleaned it in about 2 weeks.

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    Crap you said ESI and not ODI... well the ODI's stay pretty clean too, nice and grippy (use them on both my SSR and DH rig) and aren't crazy expensive.

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    My white ESI's are 6 months old.

    This is them after a 10 mile ride:





    This is them after I JUST went and cleaned them w/ Simple Green and a damp rag. Took all of 2 min.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpjumpy View Post
    My white ESI's are 6 months old.

    This is them after a 10 mile ride:

    This is them after I JUST went and cleaned them w/ Simple Green and a damp rag. Took all of 2 min.
    It keeps getting better and better
    White it is then
    I really like the grey though. Oh well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnydrz View Post
    I have a pair of white ones on my Ti SS. Been there for 2 years now. Yeah, they get dirty pretty fast, but they will go back to mostly white with some cleaner and a brush.
    +1 to this.

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    Dirty! so disgusting!

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