RevGrips Pro 34mm suspension grips short-term review

Tuning:

https://revgrips.com/pages/sizing

The test was done with black inserts & thick shims.

The first test I did, was to check how the movement in the grips felt, I did some wheelies bunny hops and it felt quite good, so I went for a short ride later, I tested it on very touch icy pavement with tractor tyre tracks, which is basically a torture test for vibrations, I could definitely tell the grips were working, but of course grips have a limitation they won’t eliminate everything, but they definitely do a great job.

Done with red inserts & thick shims, more comfortable but there was too much rotational movement, but the rotational movement created lack of control.

The best out of all combinations is combine blank & red inserts, do the upper and bottom are red and front and back are black, using no shims, for firmest set-up use black inserts without shims.

The best set up:

I found that the best set up for me is with, 2 black inserts in each clamp, and 2 red in each, this gives me plusher feeling where there is an impact, but the grip does not rotate as fast, to clamp the grips so the red inserts are on top.

The sleeves/grips:

The sleeves/grips have similar grip levels to Maxxis MaxxGrip tyre compound, so of course, it has much greater grip than ESI silicone grips

 

 

Pros

The durability, I rode with these grips for few months. march 2018 I noticed slight wear on the grips, 11th march I noticed quite clear wear, on the inside and outside of the grips.

  • Very sticky grips, give great grip, much better than Esi silicone grips.
  • Colour choices
  • 3 sizes, I use 34mm which fits me perfectly, any other sizes won’t fit my hands. The thumb will rub against the lock on clamp when shifting with the XTR M9000 shifter,  but this is not the Grips’s fault, I would like some more adjustment for the xtr shifters, but so far this has not been an issue yet.

 

Cons

None I can think of at the moment.

 

Verdict:

they definitely work, one of the best grip options on the market right now.

SO far these are my only grips of choice.

https://revgrips.com

Flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmeGyyur

But I will, of course, update you on further findings, if there any.

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Revised Long-term review: ESI Chunky extra chunky silicone grips

Here is an improved review, since the last time I posted a review on these,

I have used Esi grips since 11.2015 until January 2018, so I am very familiar with them.  But now finally I revised the review, new pictures, improved text.  I wish I did it sooner but did not get around to doing I until now.

I put them thru its paces, I rode with them in -11c to summer heat, in most weather conditions.

I went from hard and too small diameter grips to Easton MTB grips, which was torture to ride with so I had to get something better, but ESI Grisp were just a temporary solution.

I went for the 34mm diameter grips, they fit me perfectly.

I have been using these grips since 2015, they definitely work, but not for long, So I had to swap them out for a fresh set after few weeks.

Pros:

  • Shock absorbing
  • feels great without gloves
  • 10 colour choices, I got green fits my fuel-ex perfectly.
  • stays in place, does not slide off.
  • reduces hand numbness – fatigue- arm pump
  • easy to clean with a hard brush
  • not effected much by the subzero temperatures, they work in the summer heat and in the freezing winter.
  • they can be used in the winter, I have ridden few days with -10  and more, with the grips, without any issues.

Cons:

  • not as grippy as rubber grips.
  • but they only last me 4 weeks, they become too soft and lose the shock absorption, and at that point, they are torture to ride, so they are expensive in longterm. In the  In the winter I use 2.1 Suomi Gazza Extrem studded tyres with 4psi higher pressure than my summer setup with Maxxis 2.3 tyres, which becomes torture to ride with once the grips lose the shock absorption feature, first comes the loss of shock absobtion then the grip becoems more fragile and gets ripped apart easier and easier, then they begin to spin slowly, but this happens over the course of smany weeks, with higher wolume tyres I could ride them for bit longer, but not with my current winter setup, it’s torture, so I had to swap to fresh grips every 4th week, which cost way too much.
  • birds can damage the grips like here, after riding with them more than a week after the bird attacking them there are holes so deep I can see the handlebar, so if you crash hard you will rip the grips part.

 

Verdict:

I can’t recommend these grips.

I recommend looking into other options instead.

http://www.esigrips.com/Silicone_Grips_Shock_Absorbing.htm

The end caps are junk,  you can replace them with proper alloy end caps instead.

 

 

Putting them on & off:

The best way to install the grips is by using a compressor.

here are some great videos:

 

I put the grip under running hot tap water to heat expand it or fill the sink up with hot tap water, but a using compressor instead is much easier.

What you should NOT do:

DON’T USE A SCREWDRIVER TO PUT THEM ON AND OFF!!! It will damage the grips on the inside and the grip can rip apart.

Don’t use hairspray, even if the bike mechanic tells you to, it might stink, and make the grip slipperier on the inside.  it’s dangerous stuff to breathe in.