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Best Mountain Bike Grips (Reviews & Buying Guide)



Mountain Bike handlebars
Best option for budget
  • Length: 150 mm
  • Style (Mounting): slide on
  • Material: Krayton compound
    • gel layer for comfort
    • easy to grip
    • great shock absorption
    • Not as durable as most alternatives
    Mountain Bike handlebars
    Best for riders with relatively small hands and those who wear gloves
  • Length: 130MM
  • Style (Mounting): Single lock in clamp
  • Material: Rubber
    • Great traction
    • durable
    • exceptional comfort
    • not suitable f0r people with long hands
    Mountain Bike handlebars
    Best choice for trail riding
  •   Length:  133 mm
  •   Style (Mounting): Single clamp
  •   Material: VEXY, super tucky compounds
    • Tough and durable
    • anti slip feature
    • Can move when placed under huge force
    Mountain Bike handlebars
    Best for mountain biking
  • Length:  130mm
  • Style (Mounting): Double lock on
  • Material:  Rubber
    • double locking grips
    • perform well in wet condition
    • soft texture
    • Not as durable as we would want it to be
    Mountain Bike handlebars
    Best for downhill rides
  • Length: 130mm
  • Style (Mounting): Single clamp
  • Material: Single Krayton rubber
    • different profiles
    • impeccable grip
    • soft compounds
    • Quite pricey



      • Length: 150 mm
      • Style (Mounting): slide on
      • Material: Krayton compound
    • Pros: gel layer for comfort, easy to grip, great shock absorption
    • Cons: Not as durable as most alternatives



      • Length: 130MM
      • Style (Mounting): Single lock-in clamp
      • Material: Rubber
    •  Pros: Great traction, durable, exceptional comfort
    • Cons: not suitable f0r people with long hands



      •   Length:  133 mm
      •   Style (Mounting): Single clamp
      •   Material: N/A
    •   Pros:  Tough and durable, the anti-slip feature
    •   Cons: Can move when placed under huge force



      •  Length: 142mm
      •  Style (Mounting): Double clamp
      • Material: 25a durometer rubber
    •  Pros: Great comfort, great for gloveless riding, durable
    •  Cons: can get really slippery when you sweat


      • Length:  130mm
      • Style (Mounting): Double lock-on
      • Material:  Rubber
    • Pros: double locking grips; perform well in wet condition, soft texture,
    •  Cons: Not as durable as we would want it to be



      • Length: 130mm
      • Style (Mounting): Single clamp
      • Material: Single Krayton rubber
    • Pros: different profiles, impeccable grip, soft compounds
    • Cons: Quite pricey


    How To Choose The Best Mountain Bike Grips

    Pretty much like any shopping, you do today, there is so much that goes into the whole MTB grips selection process. With endless choices in the market, you need to consider a few things if you want to nail the perfect mountain bike grips for your next road trip.

    Types of Grips

    There are different types of mountain bike grips available today. You can choose one based on your needs and riding adventure. Ease of use might also come into play. Most riders would want something they can install with ease and hit the road in minutes.

    Traditional Grips

    Some of the oldest grips in the market; although, we have seen modern designs join the market, there are riders who would still want the advantages of those traditional grips. Traditional grips often feature a rubber sleeve, which slides on.


    • They are cheap
    • Very simple
    • Incredibly lightweight
    • Come in incredibly narrow sizes


    • Tend to slip during wet conditions
    • Can be incredibly difficult to get off once installed
    • Most come made of cheap materials, making them not as grippy as we would want to be

    Foam Mountain Bike Grips

    These often feature foam tubes that can easily slide on pretty much like a sleeve to the bars. Similar to traditional grips, these also don’t come with any collars or lock bar ends. This option is the best for riders who often find themselves dealing with technical terrains. They offer the best vibration damping properties.


    • Great vibration damping properties
    • Cheap and simple


    • Tend to move around
    • No bar end plugs


    Lock-on grips

    The newest technology; this option is fast replacing traditional and foam grips. Lock-on grips are basically rubber grips that come with a metal ring at each end, which locks it into place via a very small key bolt. Because of the great versatility, they are quite popular on different types of bikes. They come in different sizes and compounds. There are also other lock-on grips, which have the metal part covered in rubber, making them more comfortable.


    • Incredibly secure
    • Comes in different sizes
    • Easy to install
    • Lock on feature makes them great
    • Wide range of compounds


    • Pricey
    • Relatively difficult to find slim sizes


    Shape and Length

    The shape and Length are two features you need to consider before anything else. These parts come in different shapes and lengths and you may want to settle for one that offers the highest level of comfort and better bike control.

    When you look at the market, you will notice there are those that are direct, while others come with ergonomic shapes that fit your hand perfectly. There are also long and short grips. You can pick one depending on what you really need.

    Ideally, if you have very small hands, do not go for long grips. These may push your gear and brake levers away from your hands. On the other hand, if you settle for short grips, you will need completion of your hands right at the end of benches.

    In the end, really, when making a purchase, it will make sense if you could actually try a number of designs as you try to figure out what matches your needs. You must go to the highest level of comfort possible.


    It is for a fact, grips influence the way your mountain bike performs. So buying grips only based on looks, well, that can in away hinder your ride’s performance. You have to put more focus on the whole selection process, just like when buying your car tires. Similar to car tires, grips come made from different compounds. They can be soft, hard, and smooth, or even a combination of all these characteritrisc.

    You can choose what compound to go for depending on your needs. For example, if you need a great connection with your grips, going for a thin and soft compound will make a lot of sense. Those soft grips are also the best for riders who often hit the road with extremely thin or even without gloves. However, they will wear faster than hard grips.

    On the other hand, if you are looking for durability, there is no way you would go wrong with hard grips. They will alos give you better control. They are quite expensive though. You will have to dig dipper into your pocket for this type of grips.

    Thick or Thin Grips?

    There is no definite answer to what to choose here. Most riders would find those ultra thin grips extremely comfortable, while others would just want thick rubber beneath their palms. Although it actually boils down to preference, a thick grip comes highly recommended by professional riders. They say with a wider grip’s diameter, the less tight you have to grip. This will actually save you a lot of energy, which is normally reverberated back up through your hands.


    Apart from different thicknesses, we also have grips coming with different widths. Thankfully, singling out a perfect width for you is pretty much simple. However, it can be very tricky if you are buying grips that are wider than what you had before. You will be forced to do a number of adjustments.

    For example, you will be forced to slide your shifter and brakes inwards; a move that may make them quite hard to reach. Shorter grips, however, are great for riders with relatively smaller fingers. This allows them to operate their controls closer to their hands. In the end, really, your hand’s placement on the grip will dictate what you need to go for. It is as simple as that.

    Grip Ergonomics

    One of the key reasons you are replacing this part, or you are even buying it for the first time is for ergonomic value. This explains why you need to consider the level of grip ergonomic your grips come with. Always take your time to select an option that feels right and fit your hand. This will ensure you get the much-needed comfort and also control.

    Weight and Durability

    During your selection process, you may also want to consider the overall weight of the grips. Grips weights do vary, largely depending on the amount of padding that has been done, ergonomic profile and clamp configuration. Those extremely low weight grips are basically friction style form grip. If you are looking for something lightweight, you can go for silicone grips.

    How durable your grips are is important and must be considered as well. With these devices now selling a few dollars or even hundreds of dollars, you need something that is going to serve you now and for months to come. For great durability, you need to consider those thick grips.

    For technical riding, that needs great power and durability as well. Those thin grips can easily wear, making thick grips the best. You may also want to consider the quality of materials that have been used. This directly influences the level of durability you will get. Tough material, like rubber, will definitely serve you for months and months.

    Bulged Or Plain Grips

    Which one should you actually go for? Again, pretty much like the thickiness, it all comes down to your preference. Bulged grips often feature a sort of a bulge right in the middle, or at times between your fingers. Plain grips, on the other hand, features the same thickness all around. All these have been designed to offer much-needed comfort. Most riders, however, don’t like those bulged grips. They say it feels very uncomfortable on the hand.

    Tread Pattern

    Many times, those smooth grips are not advisable; your hand might slip, especially when it gets really sweaty. If you can get one which is a bit rough, that would be great. It will not only offer the much-needed comfort, but also ensure your hand doesn’t slip during wet conditions, or during those sweaty rides. 

    However, it is important to remember that too many edges on the surface can become very uncomfortable with time. But one thing we know for sure; threads provide an amazing feel. If you can get something with a bit of thread then you are good to go.

    Bar Connects

    A great pair of mountain bikes grips will come with bar plugs. They basically cover completions of your mountain bike handlebars. This will help you avoid any serious injury that should be involved in any collision. It also helps secure the carbon bars.

    Color choices

    Additionally, apart from selecting the right thickness and shape for your hands, you should not overlook your grips as a perfect way to make a statement. All the companies that make these parts now offer a wide range of color choices for their popular designs and styles. They also offer a number of spectacular finishes, patterns and also profiles. So when making your selection, you might want to truly customize your bike as much as possible. After all, who wouldn’t want to turn head the moment you step on the road?

    Bottom Line

    For the best mountain bike grips, when it comes to striking a perfect balance between great performance, comfort, and reliability, there is no go around it. As when you are buying any other part for your bike, you need to first identify your needs and at times your preference and you work onwards from there. It is as simple as that.

    Updated on January 20, 2021 by Ben

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