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My Favourite Push-On Grips

Words Andrew Major
Photos Andrew Major
Date Jul 13, 2020
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They're All The Best

When I'm out on the trail dirty dancing, my first choice for grips has long been the push-on Sensus Swayze. I don't see any challenger that's going to change that either. Touching the wavy flagella invokes a powerful image like Maximus gently caressing wheat for twenty five seconds when he dies in Gladiator. The 30mm width compresses perfectly to reward a light grip on my bar. They're 13 USD of luxury that will make any bike that comes stock with cheap lock-ons feel like it's received a $1000 upgrade.

That does not mean they'll be the best push-on grip for you. Personal preference is the absolute rule when it comes to bike fit. But, and this is a huge but, if your favourite grip is a lock-on, then I'll stick my neck out here and contend that the only personal preference you're demonstrating is for convenience. And if you're going to debate that point, I'm happy to hear you out as long as you've tried a couple of push-on options in the last decade.

Push-on grips eliminate the hard-plastic core necessary for lock-on grips to function. That means they offer significantly more cushion, and noise-damping, as well as increased pattern and shaping options for a given width. They open up different material options as well. All of this is particularly noticeable in the thinner widths of grips that I prefer.

Renthal Push-On Grips AndrewM

Renthal's Push-On Grips marked my return to riding with a glue & wire arrangement most of the time. For various reasons I still do a lot of rides every year with various lock-on grips.

Renthal Push-On Grips AndrewM

I tried various pricey products, then went back to hairspray, then further back to WD-40, and now I use Spray paint. It's the best option bar-none. I like clear, but whatever already-opened option you have around is great.

Even the fanciest options, like SQLab's ergonomic 711R, are not expensive compared to an equivalent lock-on and as experimenting with your mountain bike goes, trying a few different push-on grips is a cheap adventure in learning what works best for you.

I've tried a lot of different push-on grips. Some I've reviewed on their own, some I meant to review on their own, some I've been using for years, and some were just given to me for feedback. I'm a true believer that push-on rubber is the best option for everyone. Or at least nearly everyone, with limited exceptions for Rev suspension grips and anyone who needs super-ergonomic grips with massive support paddles.

Where to start on your personal journey? It may seem a bit overwhelming so here are a few of my favourites and why you might consider them.

Wolf Tooth Karv v. Razer

My Wolf Tooth experience was originally intended to be an NSMB Mano a Mano piece but I hit a snag. I really loved the round grips but did not appreciate the Cam ergonomic model so the review sort of fell by the wayside. I have a friend who loves their 40mm diameter Mega Fat Paw Cam grips, so you may as well.

On the other hand, I am quite enamoured with the thinner, 30mm diameter, round Razer grips. The 100% silicone material is very nice against bare skin for long climbs and tacky-enough to ride without gloves until I really get my sweat on. I installed them with isopropyl alcohol as per the instructions and had zero slippage. If I was putting on a fresh set I'd just shoot some spray paint in for good measure. I generally don't remove grips until they're worn out.

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Wolf Tooth sells their round silicone grips in four, installed, diameters: 30mm, 32mm, 36mm, and 40mm. The 30mm works best for me.

I fall off my bike too often to expect a really long life out of silicone grips. Like my experiences with ESI and Supacaz silicone options, a crash tore a hole in the Razer grip and it came apart shortly after.

I would have no hesitation putting these on a flat bar gravel bike or a mountain bike for tamer trails. I actually do my best to keep the rubber side down all the time, but sh*t happens often enough that I'll be sticking with rubber for bikes being ridden down North Shore trails.

Pricing varies by thickness from 19 USD to 33 USD for round and 22 USD to 33 USD for the Cam ergonomic options. I know that's into lock-on territory once you're buying the 40mm width grips but there are not a whole heck of options out there for folks with huge hands. Apparently some people with really small hands also love the 40mm grips so strike that stereotype. Here's the whole lineup.

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The round silicone grips in four, installed, diameters: 30mm, 32mm, 36mm, and 40mm. The ergonomic 'Cam' options come in 32mm, 36mm, and 40mm.

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I tried the Cam grips oriented a handful of different ways but where I like my chainrings oval, I apparently like my grips round.

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Those removable end caps are EnCase friendly! I ended up running a bigger rubber plug in an attempt to protect the grips from damage.

Renthal Ultra Tacky

When a pair of Renthal's Aramid-compound grips approach their half-life, the combination of feel and grip, with gloves or barehanded, is special. How does something so smooth deliver so much traction? I doubt I will ever experience them again, not because I won't run Renthal push-on grips, but because their Ultra-Tacky model offers more grip right out of the box.

This is easily the grippiest grip on the market and they feel a bit gunky against bare skin. To the ironic effect that they're the one grip that someone with super-sweaty hands, like me, could use year-round sans gloves but I don't love touching them without my palm-protectors on.

It's all about the rubber compound here as Renthal doesn't make their cruel Traction Grip in a non-locking version. It's for the better though, because this is all you, Cecile Ravanel, and Danny Hart need to hold onto those bars in any DH situation.

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All the grip I can get, sans suspension, for a North Shore winter. WTB Vigilante 2.8" High Grip, CushCore Plus inserts, and Ultra-Tacky push-on grips.

Formula Cura Brakes AndrewM

They wear out fairly fast but at 16 USD it's not the end of the world. Where their lock-on grips are too short for many folks, 135mm is plenty of length sans clamps.

Instead of offering up five different compounds, it would be nice to see Renthal focus on the two that matter - Aramid & UltraTachy - and add some additional widths. I am perfectly happy with a ~28mm installed OD, but adding at least a 33mm-ish option to the line would really open this grip line up to a lot more riders. If thin grips work for you and you're chasing all-the-grip check out the full lineup. The Ultra-Tacky are 16 USD and the Aramid are 20 USD.

SQLab 711R

Of the push-on grips I've tried, the SQLab 711R model is the most interesting. I don't count grams at all but the design goal is to combine the ergonomics some riders need with a light enough grip that even a true weight-weenie will take notice. I've used the medium and small sizes and they come in at the claimed 79-grams and 59-grams, per pair, respectfully.

I quite like SQLab's 70X lock-on grips, I'd put them in my top two lock-on options along with PNW, but I can only ride them on a full-suspension bike with a great working fork or I find myself lamenting their rigidity. With the 711R I get, essentially, the exact same shape and high-end rubber feeling combined with significantly more give and vibration damping.

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I don't 'need' ergonomic grips but if you do then I think this is the one to try. The 771R is available in four sizes: S, M, L, XL. These measure circumferences from 100mm to 119mm measure in the narrower, first third, section of the grip.

The 711R uses a silicone-rubber compound so it's not surprising they're as comfortable against naked skin as any grip I've used. In hot climates, the rubber seems to 'breathe' more for lack of a better description and my hands never feel as hot as they do running the Swayze or Renthal.

Going back to my 100% silicone grip experiences, the 711R has survived a few solid bike-body separations on the trail and they've proved durable to date. Traction is good with bare hands until the taps turn on and then they don't match the Ultra-Tacky by any stretch of the imagination. Likewise, if it's raining I'm wearing gloves any time the trails get technical.

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They aren't the most convenient grip to wire up but I ride so much in the rain some 20-gauge stainless trap wire is part of my religion.

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I run a hard plastic bar plug behind the grip to support it from getting cut open the bar on impacts. And because no one likes human core samples.

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Riding down janky technical trails in the rain I always wear gloves with the 711R. But, material-wise they feel great with bare hands.

Compared to SQLabs much-loved 70X grips, I think the 711R is better in every way. They match up ergonomically in terms of support while also delivering enough squish to be much more comfortable. They are significantly less expensive at 25 USD per pair compared to 38 USD for the lock-ons. What's not to like?

The only issue is finding the perfect position without the advantage of being able to micro-adjust the position of the 70X. I had the luxury of being able to exactly match my preferred position with the lock-ons but the home experimenter will want to find the sweet spot before attaching them with permanence. I would recommend installing with isopropyl or even just air (using a compressor with a blow gun accessory), finding the sweet spot, and then removing them and gluing them in place.

In typical SQLab fashion, they have a sizing chart to help figure out what grip you need. I measure out as a medium-towards-large and they recommend sizing down one step for technical mountain biking so that fits perfectly with my personal preference. Also in typical SQLab fashion, there is a tonne of information on their website.

Race Face Chester - RIP

A whole 12 USD used to score you a pair of Race Face's best grips. Calling them a 31mm diameter doesn't really sum up the size as they swallow my hands up to feel a couple mm smaller. If I had known that Race Face was going to kill Chester I would have bought a couple of extra pairs. I can't say that about many other dead products but there are a few.

I won't go into great details about a product you can't buy anymore but these were an easy gateway grip for local folks thinking about trying push-ons as many shops around Vancouver carried them. They feel a touch thicker than the my beloved Swayze and make for a nice, neutral, change up when I'm riding back to back days and want my bike to feel a bit differently.

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My last pair of Chester's are on a ProTaper bar with 8° backsweep. A very un-me setup I use as a neutral base when testing different ideas about bike fit.

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I don't know what it is about the rock-roll entry to Lower Cripper but it's my favourite place to take cockpit photos. Thanks for all your hard work Andi!

Sensus Swayze

Before I rediscovered push-on grips, the Swayze was my favourite model of lock-on for years. I couldn't count the number of pairs I wore right down to their hard plastic core. Needless to say, it isn't at all surprising, to me, that it's also my favourite push-on. Compared to the lock-on it has better traction, better trail-noise damping, and less than half the price at 13 USD v. 28 USD.

Would I change anything about it? From it's 30mm diameter to 148mm length, I say "heck no!" Traction is good, comfort is excellent without affecting my connection to my bicycle, and the rubber compound is the perfect mix of friction and feel.

Should Sensus change anything about it? I can't understand why they won't let baby out of the corner by expanding the size range. They make the 34.29mm (1.35" if you're Kyle Strait) Meaty Paw lock-on so it isn't a case of not recognizing a market for thick grip. I would love to be recommending a 33mm, and even 35mm, Swayze to my bear-pawed riding friends. And Sensus, they don't care about colours. Black grips that fit would be awesome.

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Swayze is available insix colours. 99% of the time I've ordered black but once in a while you have to change things up‽

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For whatever reason, no one on the Shore seems to stock these grips. Thanks to Lou @ Obsession: Bikes for always ordering them for me really fast when I suddenly realize I'm through my stash.

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Having fully-hinged controls is a huge plus with running push-on grips; however, even when I've had to cut a pair off prematurely to remove a shifter it's worth it for the performance benefits.

The Swayze is the most comfortable grip I've tried, and a great starting off point if your sweet spot is around 30mm and are thinking about trying push-ons.

Whether you're looking for a comfort or performance upgrade or just want a relatively cheap option for faffing about with your bike, if you haven't tried push-on grips in recent memory, you're missing out; no matter how much you spent on your last pair of lock-ons.

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Bushpilot
+1 Andrew Major
Bushpilot  - July 12, 2020, 11:13 p.m.

Any chance you could explain the spray paint method? I had ‘ok’ luck using Renthal’s basic grip glue with their push-on grips and better luck using isopropyl alcohol (same method as ESI grips). I’m about to put on another set of fresh ultra-tacky push-ons and am curious about how this spray paint method works.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 12, 2020, 11:38 p.m.

Just like hairspray, or iso if you have a sprayer... spray inside grip and slide on. Gives just enough time to position stuff where you want it and doesn’t budge. Even with many epic rides in the rain.

It’s inexpensive (or free if you have some around) and works at least as well as the other grip glues I’ve tried.

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Jotegir
+6 Andrew Major AJ Barlas Reed Holden Doug M. Endur-Bro Beau Miller
Lu Kz  - July 13, 2020, 7:24 a.m.

Didn't follow instructions, bars and brake levers are pink now.

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AndrewMajor
+1 Beau Miller
Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 8:05 a.m.

Hahaha, it’s a prime anti-theft ploy but maybe not so great for bicycle resale.

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andrewbikeguide
+2 Andrew Major Garrett Thibault
AndrewR  - July 13, 2020, 8:18 a.m.

I just choked on my breakfast (shouldn't read thread comments whilst eating or drinking coffee I know)!

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Endur-Bro
+1 Andrew Major Metacomet Beau Miller
Endur-Bro  - July 12, 2020, 11:31 p.m.

I would literally kill for a Renthal Traction Slip On Grip!

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AndrewMajor
+1 Karl Fitzpatrick
Andrew Major  - July 12, 2020, 11:36 p.m.

I would definitely try this grip but where it really helps with traction compared to Renthal’s smooth lock-on grips the push-ons have so much more compliance I don’t know if it’s necessary?! Or maybe even desirable? 

Put a different way. Preferred Traction Grip over regular lock-on by a large margin but I prefer the Ultra-Tacky push-on over either by 100%.

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cedrico
+3 Andrew Major Lu Kz Beau Miller
cedrico  - July 13, 2020, 7:57 a.m.

I hope you meant figuratively.

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AndrewMajor
+1 Lu Kz
Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 8:07 a.m.

Love is love?!

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Endur-Bro
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Endur-Bro  - July 14, 2020, 9:32 p.m.

If people need to die then they need to die.

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GiveitsomeWelly
+2 Andrew Major AndrewR
Karl Fitzpatrick  - July 12, 2020, 11:55 p.m.

I'm running Ultra tacky push ons as nothing matches the grip I get for my gloveless ways. 

I could handle a bit more wrist rattle for the convenience of a lock on but Renthal only makes them with two locking rings which blisters the heels of my palms with my hand position (overhanging the end of my bar).

Single lock rings ftw.

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AndrewMajor
+1 Karl Fitzpatrick
Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 12:44 a.m.

Single ring lock-on still require some kind of sub-structure and, in my experience, the less plastic there is the more likely the grip is to break resulting in, essentially, a sloppy push-on captured at one end. 

Ultra-Tacky is the stickiest grip I’ve found barehanded in all conditions. Just put them on with spray paint and take them off with an Olfa. Push-on FTW!!!

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GiveitsomeWelly
+1 Andrew Major
Karl Fitzpatrick  - July 18, 2020, 12:35 p.m.

Up til now, the grip glue debacle is all that makes me doubt ultra tackys but I'm gonna try that spray paint method next time rebuild my bike for sure!

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 20, 2020, 10:35 a.m.

Have to try it! I've put on a half dozen grips now with zero issues. Much faster and cleaner than glue and solidly stuck on.

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fartymarty
+2 Andrew Major Lu Kz
fartymarty  - July 13, 2020, 4:51 a.m.

I'm also on the UTs (I drunk the Major Koolaid a few years back and haven't looked back).  I now preferring to ride gloveless even though it probably isn't the best idea.  It feels like you have better contact with the bike.

I've been using clear Gorilla glue without wiring and haven't had too much movement through a wet UK winter.  Spray paint sounds interesting and potentially less messy than GG.

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AndrewMajor
+1 Lu Kz
Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 8:08 a.m.

Spray paint is so quick and at the very least has the same performance as well-applied grip glue.

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andrewbikeguide
+1 Karl Fitzpatrick
AndrewR  - July 13, 2020, 8:19 a.m.

My current favourite bare hand single lock ring is the Chromag Format. Almost perfect for rain/ sweat tolerant stickiness. And they seem to be wearing well.

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lefthandlewis
+2 Andrew Major JVP
lewis collins  - July 13, 2020, 5:29 a.m.

having spent a lifetime with push-on grips on my bmx, coming to mountain biking again i've just never been happy with thicker lock-on grips, also push-ons come is all kinds of lengths and of course allow you to cut them down if too long! 

I find spraying with wd-40 and then wiring after that's dried on works well. What's your prefered wiring technique? I have found two wraps of wire then tying off in three places works well for UK conditions.

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AndrewMajor
+2 JVP lewis collins
Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 8:10 a.m.

I usually do two wraps around, twist off in one place and bury the end. I’ve had grip centres come loose (testing different adhesives in the rain) but have never had them twist with this setup.

I just use needle nose pliers to twist it but have been considering getting a specific tool. I dislike specific tools when I can avoid them but the wiring looks so much prettier...

Also, used to run easier to manipulate 22 gauge wire but switched to heavier 20 gauge.

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JVP
+2 Andrew Major Beau Miller
JVP  - July 13, 2020, noon

This is great, thanks for the details on technique! I had push-ons fly off the bar a few times in the dumping rain in the late '90s and about killed myself. Hair spray, no wires, and they were probably worn out. Been lock-on since.

Decades of trail building have left me with nerve issues in my hands, so it's time to try push-on again. These deets give me the confidence to try. Now just need to find the perfect 32mm grip.

One more Q: what kind of wire are we looking for?  Picture hanging wire at the hardware store? Specialty moto safety wire? Given my history with bike parts, I'm definitely wiring.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m.

I'm sure there are lots of options that work; I use 20 gauge stainless steel trap wire. It's in the hunting section at Canadian Tire.

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kekoa
+1 Andrew Major
kekoa  - July 17, 2020, 12:22 a.m.

I’m borrowing the tool from a friend. Works a treat. Just have to be careful and not crank the wire too tight so the grip is cut. Sigh.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 20, 2020, 10:36 a.m.

What brand is the tool?

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WalrusRider
+1 Andrew Major
WalrusRider  - July 13, 2020, 5:37 a.m.

I love the Renthal Ultra Tacky and Kevlar grip compounds. Both provide more grip than anything I've tried especially when it's soaking wet. The Kevlar grips are a gloves only option for me though. I tried riding with them gloveless and they gave me pretty bad blisters where the Ultra Tacky does not. I'm assuming due to the more abrasive kevlar compound. The Kevlar does last quite a bit longer though. I recently removed my push on Renthals from my bikes after I tried some thicker grips and realized my hands prefer fatter grips. If Renthal made a thicker push on or even single clamp grip I'd go back to them in a heart beat.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 8:14 a.m.

Really surprised they don’t do another width. Their rubber compound may be too squishy? 

The Wolf Tooth grips are worth trying for sure, though not as sticky as either Renthal compound they’re both good.

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jt
+1 Andrew Major
JT  - July 13, 2020, 6:19 a.m.

Chromag's Semenuk grip has become my fav. The extra length allows me to keep the bars stock at 780 but set the cockpit up like the 760 width I prefer, giving me that oh so tiny bit of extra leverage out on the ends when climbing that requires a bit of horking on the bar. I used to secure my grips with tubular cement but have since moved on to spray adhesive. Spray the bar, let it set, then a quick 360deg spray in the grip to put em on. I've had no need to wire them to the bar after winter slush or other seasons' rains.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 8:16 a.m.

Interesting technique with the spray adhesive. I have some 3M I could try.

I don’t think I ‘need’ the wiring with using spray paint - it’s a heck of a hold - it’s just habit and peace of mind.

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mrbrett
+1 Andrew Major
mrbrett  - July 13, 2020, 7 a.m.

I picked up a bunch (10 pairs?) of Chesters for maybe $2/pair when they got discontinued and were on sale. Constantly having fresh grips feels luxurious, and my broom handles are vastly improved with the used rubber coming off the bike!

I have been running them totally dry inside, just using the air nozzle on the compressor to seat them in place on the bars. Curious about this paint thing, in case I'm missing something.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 8:21 a.m.

Good buy! 10x pairs for half the price of a good pair of lock-ons. The Chester (RIP) is a great grip - especially if you like a slightly thicker option.

Dry is fine in some climates but I ride in the rain a lot and eventually they will get water in there and slip and that sucks! Put them on with spray paint and you won’t inadvertently end up riding down a trail with throttle action that has you running out to buy a lock-on option, comfort be damned.

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Jotegir
+1 Andrew Major
Lu Kz  - July 13, 2020, 7:25 a.m.

The only downside of the renthal ultra tacky is when you ride them to the store or your buddy's house without gloves. A little bit gross (and only gross-er over time!)

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AndrewMajor
+1 Tjaard Breeuwer
Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 8:23 a.m.

Bonus, you’ll never accidentally drop your post-ride beer thanks to the extra hand-adhesion!

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Littleman
+2 Andrew Major Tjaard Breeuwer
Littleman  - July 13, 2020, 8:05 a.m.

I converted to Renthal’s ultra tacky push on’s thanks to this website a two or three years ago and love them. Would never have thought of push on’s after years of enjoying the ffaff free joys of lock ons (especially single locks), but having small hands where thicker grips just don't work and reading the article on NSMB I thought I’d try and if I didn’t like it, well it wasn’t an expensive failed experiment. It definitely worked for me. I tend to hold the grips right at the ends (regardless of bar width for some reason) and they were instantly more comfortable than any lock on I’d tried, to the point where I really don’t want to go back to lock ons. Looking at the comments it seems I’m not alone.

I have one niggle though. I’ve been using renthal’s grip glue to install but they sometimes feel a bit “loose” at the ends, despite re gluing the ends and two wires on the ends (one in the little ridge and one right at the end). This is exacerbated after uplift days - here in Wales most uplift venues use trailers where you strap your bike on using the handlebar where the grip is. Tightening the strap sort twists the grip and after a day of runs the grip has been moved inwards and is little loose at the ends. Obviously not a live issue at the moment with uplifts still closed, but when they do re-open it's something I'll be consicous of. It’s still not enough to put me off push on's, but a little annoyance that I’m willing to put up with. 

So, when you say spray paint, do you mean normal rattle can spary paint? Anyone tried spray contact adhesive (DIY type stuff)? I'm looking for something a little stronger that is less susceptible to loosening as above.

Thanks.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 8:27 a.m.

If you scroll up JT has an interesting adhesive application strategy!

Any spray paint will do. I bought the cheapest clear stuff on sale at our local little hardware store.

Wiring the grips after dry will also help keep any water getting in and breaking down adhesion.

Appreciate the push-on testimonial!

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fartymarty
+1 Andrew Major
fartymarty  - July 13, 2020, 2:07 p.m.

Clear Gorilla glue works for me altho it's a bit messy.  They survived last UK winter without wiring.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 20, 2020, 10:37 a.m.

Try spray paint next time!

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shoreboy
+1 Andrew Major
Shoreboy  - July 13, 2020, 9:01 a.m.

What happens when you need to remove your grips for some reason?  What do you have to do to break them free of whatever adhesive you have used? Are the grips easy to re-install after removal?

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 9:13 a.m.

I’ve only had to remove grips prematurely a couple of times. Once, recently, to test something else for work and another because my shifter wasn’t on a hinged clamp and I was swapping drivetrains. That’s over a few years. 

In those cases the only option is to cut the grips off and replace them. Still a significant cost savings compare to Lock-ons for the couple times I’ve needed to do it.

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jt
+1 Andrew Major
JT  - July 13, 2020, 9:42 a.m.

Using spray adhesive I've just had to use an air nozzle on the compressor. Requires a bit of wiggling, but that's expected. I've been able to reuse the grips without issue.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 10:22 a.m.

Interesting, I should try to shoot off some painted ones just to see if it works. Thanks!

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fartymarty
+1 Andrew Major
fartymarty  - July 13, 2020, 2:10 p.m.

Disc brake clean works for me.  Spray under the grips and they come straight off.  Then you can turn them inside out, clean them up and reuse.

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Hollytron
+1 ackshunW
Hollytron  - July 13, 2020, 10:17 a.m.

Thin zip ties instead of wires? I mostly just don't want to go to the hardware store. Gotta try some of these. I tried out the semenuks but they were too thick. I have been using the raceface love handles lock on(they were on blowout and are yellow!) and I love how small in diameter they are but the double clamp leaves more grip outside of my hand than I would like. I might try those renthals.

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AndrewMajor
+1 Lu Kz
Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 10:21 a.m.

If you’re using adhesive or spray paint I’m 99.88% sure you’ll be fine without the wiring. It’s a habit as much as anything for me at this point.

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Jotegir
+2 Andrew Major ackshunW
Lu Kz  - July 13, 2020, 6:12 p.m.

I think wiring your grips gives you a certain "street cred" that is fairly unattainable elsewhere. It's one of those things you see on World Cup DH bikes if you look close enough. Few will look, but those who look and see it will probably like it.

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AndrewMajor
+2 Lu Kz Tjaard Breeuwer
Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 6:40 p.m.

hahahaha. Street cred?! That’s me.

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Hollytron
+1 ackshunW
Hollytron  - July 13, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Pretty funny and for sure concerns about "street cred" is why I asked. Gotta keep it real I will go with the paint and zip ties and see who gets huffy about it.

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lefthandlewis
+1 Andrew Major
lewis collins  - July 14, 2020, 1:56 a.m.

zipties will probably work ok, DMR used to sell a push on with wider grooves for some small zipties that came with it. I would make sure you take a little file to the head after you cut them, make sure that sharp bur is all flat in case you grab it

kekoa
+1 Andrew Major
kekoa  - July 17, 2020, 12:28 a.m.

Straight edged toenail clippers are awesome for cleaning up zip tie ends.

ackshunW
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ackshunW  - July 15, 2020, 9:44 a.m.

Zip ties! I thought I was a creative resourceful type but in all my 25+ years with this stuff I never considered that. 

I’m a never-lockons guy. When they first came out, they were horrid and hard. Haven’t spent any real time on more modern ones that are spending more engineering time on the core, but I’ve never had major issues with push ons. (Especially if you can use split-clamp controls). Oury have been my go to, and on a clean smooth alloy bar, never spin (though they can creep). Fancier bars with graphics and laser-etched cut marks demand a little more attention. 

I was recently looking for some additional length and picked up some of the Chromag push ons. They have a nice wide slot where you’d land your wire wrap- just about fits the head of a 2.5mm zip. Like you, they’re in the drawer but stainless wire is not! Just installed, will report back with any findings. 

Eric

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velocipedestrian
+1 Beau Miller
Velocipedestrian  - July 13, 2020, 3:49 p.m.

Not grips, but if that mismatched stem is a Straitline SSC (looks like one) it should be clamped flush at the top, torqued at the bottom.

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AndrewMajor
+1 Beau Miller
Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 3:56 p.m.

I'm trying desperately (desperately!) not to be offended here...

It's an Industry Nine A318 stem. It's set up perfectly with the gaps matched top and bottom. It's a beautiful piece of kit.

I actually did have one of those Straitline stems but gave it to a, very deserving, buddy last year.

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velocipedestrian
+1 Andrew Major
Velocipedestrian  - July 14, 2020, 3:35 p.m.

Don't be offended, I have two SSC stems, yes, different colours and swapped faceplates. Now that I look closer I can see the difference, but they look very similar from that angle.

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Andrew Major  - July 14, 2020, 7:52 p.m.

HAHAHA. I'm too sensitive apparently!

The biggest difference with the A318 compared to other shorty stems is it has an effective 8° rise. Riding my bike that was designed to be static (rigid) with a suspension fork and then trying to use a bar with only 25mm rise has meant seeking out some interesting fit solutions.

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DemonMike
+1 Andrew Major
mike  - July 13, 2020, 6:06 p.m.

http://odigrips.com/store/mtb/mtb-products/f-1-vapor-mtb-ply-grips

My grip of choice on Renthal carbons, no glue. Just blasted on with air. Yay they rotate overtime. But never once had throttle grip. They are also 3 seasons old. Very durable when compared to ESI and the likes.

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jonas-dodd
+2 Andrew Major Beau Miller
Jonas Dodd  - July 13, 2020, 6:33 p.m.

It was an epic Sunshine Coast "ride from the ferry to roberts creek back to the ferry" early June kind of day. I was with a friend who is the type of person who is always the one that mishaps happen to. It had been a particularly dark morning but it wasn't raining when we parked in Horseshoe bay so we hoped for the best and left our jackets in the car. The ride from Langdale to Roberts Creek was tons of fun of course. Shortly after starting back the skies opened up and we were quickly soaked with a daunting amount of kms still to go. We were hustling to make it to the ferry when BOTH of my buddy's push-on Oury grips shot off his bars at the same time. Somehow the resulting crash wasn't too bad and we continued on. We missed the ferry and shivered for two hours in the waiting room with what must have been mild hypothermia. The best kind of type 1- 2 fun.

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AndrewMajor
+2 Beau Miller Jonas Dodd
Andrew Major  - July 13, 2020, 6:44 p.m.

That’s an epic story. I’ve shivered at that ferry thrice because of other folks mechanicals (well... one time a dude bonked).

Going to go out on a limb and say those grips were NOT glued on?!

Get your buddy an ~$8 rattle can of clear spray paint. Might save his life!

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Jonas Dodd  - July 19, 2020, 7:21 p.m.

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jonas-dodd
+1 Andrew Major
Jonas Dodd  - July 19, 2020, 7:21 p.m.

At best he might have used hairspray, definitely no glue. He's dropped off the riding radar the last couple of years unfortunately.

Speaking of bonking, an article on that topic would be a fun read for sure!

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AndrewMajor
+1 Jonas Dodd
Andrew Major  - July 20, 2020, 10:32 a.m.

I did write Survival Of The Fattest and Thrive On Your Group Ride. I think to really capture the glory of a good bonk I'd have to tell other people's stories that I witnessed.

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MJ1
+1 Andrew Major
MJ1  - July 15, 2020, 5:10 a.m.

Years with Oury push ons then went to lock ons for over ten years.  Recently went back to the push ons....  Wow!!!   I had forgot how much better the push ons feel.  I'm buying the Oury push ons fo $11 a pair US.  Best bang for the buck upgrade ever.

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dorkweed
+1 Andrew Major
dorkweed  - July 19, 2020, 9:15 a.m.

I’ve run odi rogue lock-ons for 15 years and this article and ensuing comments has persuaded me to try to slip on version. A little surprised no one else has tried them here...

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - July 20, 2020, 10:26 a.m.

ODI makes a lot of the grips I ride, for example, they make the fantastic Eclat Pulsar Grips that I sometimes run instead of the Swayze, and I'm 99% they make the Swayze as well.

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