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ESI Silicone Grips?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by adstock, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. adstock

    adstock Chimp

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    Anyone using these for DH? And have any luck with them reducing "hand numbness and fatigue?"

    I was just about to place an order from ABI and remembered about these bad boys.
     
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  2. rockofullr

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    Over the years I have tried lots of different grips. Many grips designed to reduce hand fatigue are either too soft and squishy or kinda funny shaped. In the end I have found that grips such as these are by far the most effective at minimizing hand numbness.



    Notice the large "guards" which will help keep your hand in the proper position.
     
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  3. adstock

    adstock Chimp

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    It's not my entire hand, it's just my pinkies and sometimes a little bit my ring fingers. I'm pretty sure it's mostly because those two sets of fingers sit right over the outside lock-on clamps. I was thinking of trying some Specialized grips with 1 clamp per grip or just some wider grips but I came along these and figured I'd ask.
     
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  4. Jeremy R

    Jeremy R <b>x</b>

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    I have them on my trail bike and love them for that application.
    They have not moved on me yet, even riding in the rain multiple times.
    The only negative is that you CANNOT even think about riding these grips without gloves.
     
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  5. SuspectDevice

    SuspectDevice Turbo Monkey

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    I ride esi grips on a bunch of my bikes. The one negative thing I have to say is that even the thinnest grip is still too soft and too thick for my tastes. I ride them without gloves and so does everyone else I've sold them to. They can get a little slippery when new before all the mold release agent is out of them, but even then, all you need to do is reach down and cover your hands and the grips with dirt every once and a while to add some grit.
     
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  6. adstock

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    Cool. I think I'll give a set a try. Thanks for all the replies
     
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  7. Jeremy R

    Jeremy R <b>x</b>

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    Ha, try that down here in August.
    I left my gloves at home one day on a 100 degree ride and I might as well had just put KY jelly on my bar instead of grips.
     
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  8. SuspectDevice

    SuspectDevice Turbo Monkey

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    You would want to use a water-soluble lube with silicone.
     
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  9. xy9ine

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    i've been using them for a couple season w/ good results. originally picked them up so i could cut them down for use w/ a rohloff twister. unlike regular foam grips, they actually stay stuck and are decently grippy. also saves 50+ g over lock-ons. they are more susceptible to crash damage however, and do wear more quickly.
     
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  10. no skid marks

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    I'm running them, and have done for a couple of years. Stay put in the wet. And I like how tey mold a bit to your grip.
    I found the thins too thin, and run the whack ones with a fat bit on one side.
    Don't think they do much for numbness though, maybe. I've had numb hands with them.
     
  11. Sandwich

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    looking to replace my expensive and rock hard ergon grips...how have those riders using these faired after another season? Do you miss the convenience of lockons? Problems in the rain?
     
  12. Jeremy R

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    I still have the same ESI grips on my trail bike as when this thread was started. As far as missing the convenience of lock-ons that one does not apply to me because I have not needed to mess with them for anything.
    As far as the rain, you can forget about that. I have done a ton of riding and racing in the rain and mud with these grips and they have NEVER moved once.
    That said, I don't think the thin ones are all that comfortable honestly, and I would not want them on my dh bike for that reason. I don't regret buying them for my trail bike, but I should have went for the chunky model as they do compress a good bit. They do wear very well though.
     
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    do you prefer a thin or thick grip in general? I'm finding that I don't like thick grips, so the thin ones sounded like the ticket for me, but part of the desire is the squish you lose with lock-ons...
     
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    I have the chunky on my trail bike. I do like them. Have not been brave enough to put them on a dh bike yet.
     
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    we sell em at the shop, feel good, great for xc and any riding you don't use a lot of body english, but i wouldn't put em on a DH bike or any of mine. haven't come across a pair i couldn't twist on the bar like a wet noodle. a lot of the ones i see come in with the inside half twisted around and dirt jammed in the outside end. pass.
     
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    I never had a problem with twisting on about 6-8 DH days. The thick were too thick for my liking so I took them off. Haven't tried the thin ones however
     
  17. Jeremy R

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    Thin. I like grips like the sunline half waffle and ruffians.
     
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    insta shred grips. comfy and light, but maintain rubber side down at all times or you're buying a new set. and had them on my xc for a while. switched to lockons so i wouldnt destroy the ends of my carbon bars