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    Kulhavy new world champion on gripshift?

    Just looked at some pics of yesterdays men's xc race and looks like Kulhavy is using gripshift, obviously SRAM should be releasing the latest version soon. Anyone know any info?

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    I have no info, but if they finally do a 10 SPD grip, I would thrilled.

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    Details here:

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    Also, there's a post dedicated to the Gripshift topic:

    WANTED: 10-Speed GripShift XX / XO (i.e. GripShift, the origins of SRAM)


    I'll be ordering two sets as soon as SRAM releases them..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanB1978 View Post
    Just looked at some pics of yesterdays men's xc race and looks like Kulhavy is using gripshift, obviously SRAM should be releasing the latest version soon. Anyone know any info?
    The only thing that would be cooler is if he won using 9 speed and gripshift!

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    Now thats exciting. I love my grip shift!!!

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    I. Can't. Wait.

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    Of course, if the world champ uses gripshifts, then they are cool and everyone must have them.
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    I don't care if the Mesiah himself uses them. For quite a few of us, they so much more desireable than triggers. Maybe SRAM is finally listening!

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    Ha!

    I spoke with the guys at SRAM at Interbike last year and they said 10s grips were not going to happen.

    I've stuck w/ my grips because it keeps things simple. W/ a dropper post and lockout lever, plus triggers, the bars look like Edward Scissorhands. Grip shift also allows me to dump or grab as many gears as I want in an instant. Triggers are nice, but I've kept with GS for a long time.

    This news makes me very happy.

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    now if only they didn't get slippery when wet.
    Keep trying to do the awesomest thing you've ever done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa1 View Post
    now if only they didn't get slippery when wet.
    +1 on this comment..

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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    Of course, if the world champ uses gripshifts, then they are cool and everyone must have them.
    I think you missed the point. A lot of folks like using gripshifts and we're weren't happy with SRAM not offering a 10speed version. This use by Kulhavy gives us some hope that SRAM may bring them back.
    It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.

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    Yes!

    With my new bike currently on order, I have a little wiggle room, and would love to hold out until the official release of a new 10-spd grip shift.

    I migrated from triggers back in 1994, and haven't bothered looking back. An auto accident has necessitated a new bike, and in my various demos, I've noticed that while extremely crisp, trigger shifters don't feel any more natural today than they did nearly 20 years ago.

    I was resigned to having to swallow the new feel, but this news makes me happy!

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    Another proud grip shifter user here.
    Can't wait for 10spd version
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    Loved loved loved my gripshift back in the day. I went thru a few generations of it off and on during the years.

    My one complaint (beyond the slippery prob) though...which was enough to get me back on triggers was the following..

    I would find myself in awkward situations where I could not get the proper leverage to shift.

    On occasion, especially when not familiar with a particular trail, I would find myself needing to shift immediately when hitting a steep steep grade that came out of nowhere sorta thing..

    IF I tried to shift as the bike was transitioning from flat to super steep, my hand was never in the right position to get appropriate "twist" on the shifter...

    Anyone else experience this? Having said this though...I am still interested in trying them again just to switch things up a bit..
    Last edited by rydbyk; 09-11-2011 at 09:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa1 View Post
    now if only they didn't get slippery when wet.
    Had a very muddy race that i ended up sliding my arm warmer over the grips and taking off my gloves just so i could shift...
    RAH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa1 View Post
    now if only they didn't get slippery when wet.
    I've often seen the top guys at World Cups put multiple zip ties over the grip shift for super muddy races. 3-4 very short sections, cut up so the 'tie' part is in the crux of your hand and and can still turn it when things get slippery...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa1 View Post
    now if only they didn't get slippery when wet.
    That's what she s... nevermind.

    Sram you'd better make this if you want me to drop Shimano!
    "It doesn't get easier, you just go faster"

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    Gripshift was really awesome. The best poart was having to buy all the accessories to try and make it shift worth a damn. Bass Worm, rollamajig, Gore-cables.....somethings should just stay gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Go Kart Motzart View Post
    Gripshift was really awesome. The best poart was having to buy all the accessories to try and make it shift worth a damn. Bass Worm, rollamajig, Gore-cables.....somethings should just stay gone.

    Mine has shifted great for years without any of that stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprocketjockey9 View Post
    I've often seen the top guys at World Cups put multiple zip ties over the grip shift for super muddy races. 3-4 very short sections, cut up so the 'tie' part is in the crux of your hand and and can still turn it when things get slippery...
    Hmm...for some reason, they have decided not to use those pics for their print media advertising. I wonder why?

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    I keep an extra dry headband or bandanna around my bars for multiple reasons but often slide them over the shifters for grip after my shifters and gloves get soaked. The front shifter sometimes is REAL hard to turn when wet due to more tension in the system. Maybe if I slipped a nubby latex cock ring over the thing
    it would work better. lol.I digress. Still love em when dry though.
    Keep trying to do the awesomest thing you've ever done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa1 View Post
    I keep an extra dry headband or bandanna around my bars for multiple reasons but often slide them over the shifters for grip after my shifters and gloves get soaked. The front shifter sometimes is REAL hard to turn when wet due to more tension in the system. Maybe if I slipped a nubby latex cock ring over the thing
    it would work better. lol.
    I digress. Still love em when dry though.
    Yes. Do that please. Send pics to SRAM while you are at it...

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    I don't really understand why people say they "slip" on Gripshift in the wet. I live in the UK where it is never dry (or at least feels that way) and never slips when I shift. The last 9-speed XO rubber is very sticky after a couple of rides. I think alot of issues was with the very early models...which was not good. Remember - times has moved on and not all product stay crap. I will be first in line to buy my 10-speed for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singletrackroadie View Post
    I don't really understand why people say they "slip" on Gripshift in the wet. I live in the UK where it is never dry (or at least feels that way) and never slips when I shift. The last 9-speed XO rubber is very sticky after a couple of rides. I think alot of issues was with the very early models...which was not good. Remember - times has moved on and not all product stay crap. I will be first in line to buy my 10-speed for sure.
    Because I rock the x7's. They function as well as the x0's internally, cost much less, but have a different shaped rubber piece without the "ridges" x0's have. x9's also lack that "ridge". I have heard that one can replace the rubber part once it gets worn down. If I can, I would like to replace the x7 rubber piece with x0 rubber piece. Just haven't looked into that yet.
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    I got rid of them once I did my first 24 hr solo race. It was damn hard to shift with them by about halfway through the race. I don't think I'd go back, but I think this is a step in the right direction for SRAM. It was one of the things that always set them apart from ****mano...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bamwa1 View Post
    Because I rock the x7's. They function as well as the x0's internally, cost much less, but have a different shaped rubber piece without the "ridges" x0's have. x9's also lack that "ridge". I have heard that one can replace the rubber part once it gets worn down. If I can, I would like to replace the x7 rubber piece with x0 rubber piece. Just haven't looked into that yet.
    I think the X7's are the best of the bunch because they are slimmer. I tried finding some replacement grips for my X-9's a while back, but they are hard to find and the price was ridiculous. Unfortunately, gripshift isn't popular enough for any after market grip makers to mess with it.

    XO grip $30 for a pair:
    Universal Cycles -- Sram Shifter Grips

    Pair of X9 shifters complete $47
    Sram X.9 Twist Shifters 9-Speed 2010 at Price Point

    They make it so replacing a grip isn't worth the trouble.

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    Honestly had NO idea people were into grip shifters, after reading this thread it seems to make a hell of a lot of sense though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sull1102 View Post
    Honestly had NO idea people were into grip shifters, after reading this thread it seems to make a hell of a lot of sense though.
    From a GEICO commercial - "What are you, living under a rock?!?!" LOL!

    No, but seriously... I know everyone has his/her own preference, but for me, the Grip-shifters are the way to go..!

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    gripshift is probably the best for ripping through gears quickly. triggers used to be more accurate before they went to multi shifts per stroke, now accidental shifts can be more of an issue for them. gripshift used to rule the WW sect, but the newest XX shifters are lighter than old X0 grips. would be cool to have a XX gripshift option. the triggers are sort of more vulnerable to damage and can do a number on your knees in a crash.
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