Grips are something that go largely unnoticed on most peoples bikes. While we all have our preferences, they are generally black, no one gets a boner over them, and no internet wars have ever been waged over which grips are on your bike. Though to be fair, colour accessories can be almost as important a consideration as wheel size. For those people Race Face offers the the Half Nelson in 9 colours!
With a firm yet tacky feel to them, and the classic Race Face topo graphics which act as moisture channels, the Half Nelsons maintain a secure feel in both dry and wet conditions. I have gone a few ways with grips over the years. When I was working labour jobs with hands a lot more than I do now, I liked thicker grips. But as the grunt labour scaled back and the feeling started to come back to my hands I moved to thinner grips. These grip are on the thin side of what I like, but still have some room to wear.
The Half Nelsons mount up with a single sided lock on with a 3mm allen key, which resists rounding better then the smaller 2.5mm allen found on other grips I have used. With all the controls being squeezed onto bars these days, setting up your bars has become a dark art. For riders with small hands, reaching all of your buttons and levers can be a huge issue. The single lock makes it possible to cut some length off your grips, buying some much needed room on overly cluttered bars.
I’m not one to rave about grips but I am loving the Half Nelsons. They have a great feel, offer easy customization and the colour options give you a nice way to add some cheap bling to your ride.
If you like ’em thin and sticky, the Half Nelson could be the ticket…