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Two-Minute Review

Race Face Grippler... Grips

Words Tim Coleman
Photos Tim Coleman
Date Feb 22, 2018

Introducing the Race Face Grippler. While we can all agree this might be the silliest name for a product this side of Boaty McBoatface, I thought the cohesive infomercial marketing scheme was hilarious. So kudos to Race Face for a good sense of humour. The Grippler comes in 10 fun colours and 2 diameters; 30mm and 33mm.



Is the Grippler actually any good as a grip, or just marketing fluff? I've been testing the 30mm diameter version in black to find out.

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The Grippler has a fairly smooth surface under the palm of the hand, and ramped teeth under the fingers

Installation of the Grippler was easy. I like that both clamp bolts point the same direction. I further like that the outer clamp has an integrated bar cap. I always hated those bar plugs you have to bash in to your bar, which are then a pain in the butt to remove when you take the grips off. Once installed, I like the feel of the Grippler. The smooth portion under the palm was comfy. I liked the ramped portion that was under the fingers, and these ramps did seem to improve traction. With these being thinner grips, they don't have much vibration isolation, which is to be expected. While these are fairly soft and sticky, there was no real wear of the grip over the test period. The rubber flaps over the bar clamps kept the heads of screws nice and clean, which made removal of the grips easy.

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The clamp screws are hidden behind flaps of rubber, and the heads of both screws point the same direction

Ultimately I think the Grippler uses some of the best clamps in the business, and I liked the shape of the grip. The grip material seems well judged with a good balance of tackiness and durability. So while Race Face might have gone overboard on the marketing with the Grippler, its not to compensate for a crappy product. With a reasonable retail price of 30 USD I don't have any negative comments regarding the Grippler (besides the silly name), two happy thumbs up from me.

Tags: Race Face, Grips

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GladePlayboy
+1 Cr4w
Rob Gretchen  - Feb. 22, 2018, 6:19 a.m.

These are based off the Easton grips that came into the RF family after the companies merged.. they disappeared from the Easton lineup and got re-branded by RF... these are some of my favourite grips... along with the Renthal super-tacky I'll never need another option for my handlebars...

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craw
+1 James Vasilyev
Cr4w  - Feb. 22, 2018, 6:55 a.m.

They are my favourites too. I like the texture and larger diameter. Plus they're one of the only lock-on options that has a wide flange on the outside.

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andy-eunson
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Andy Eunson  - Feb. 22, 2018, 8:06 a.m.

I liked the fatter version of the Easton grip. I think it was 32 mm?  Does Race Face make that still?

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JBV
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James Vasilyev  - Feb. 22, 2018, 8:18 a.m.

yes, they come in 2 sizes. 33mm i think. these are extremely grippy comfortable and long lasting.

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primoz-resman
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Primož Resman  - Feb. 27, 2018, 10:06 a.m.

This does seem to be just a rebrand of the Eastons, since it looks like Easton discontinued all MTB products in favour of concentrating on Road stuff and leaving MTB components to RF.

My only wish with these (i'm riding the 33 mm version, a must for my XXL fingers) is that the integrated cap had a lip or a concave surface where the logo is, so you'd have a sacrificial edge for all the scratching. I have a set of ALU plugs of Ali Express with this design, though on the other hand the logo has been holding up without issues for now.

This was an 'out of the box wish', which might not be as important in hindsight, other than that the grips have been invisible. I have grip, they are thick enough, they are comfy, they don't turn, fit the bike colour wise, etc. Would recommend.

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