Which is better, hard or soft grips? What will give you the most miles without fatigue or the best grip for tricky moves on the trail? Do you ride with gloves or not? There lies the debate.
There are a lot of different handlebar grips on the market, but few better than this staple. The WTB Dual Compound Grip is our go-to grip for our custom bike builds. It is firmly on the soft end of the squish spectrum, with the outer portion being made of a durable, firm gel that offers up a comfy cushion. It has raised diamond shaped knobs set close enough together that it can be used gloved or not with no detriment to the bare handed rider. The WTB logo knobs are a bit thicker in the middle of the grip than at the edges, lending the Dual Compound Grip a slight ergonomic shape that comfortably fits in the palm. The Kraton base layer is sticky enough to resist unwanted twisting once the grip is installed properly. Black/Grey.
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have these grips on my Fat Bike and bought a second set for my Hard Tail modernization project. They install tight but hold snug on the handle bars. I've used them in the dry and warm to the rain and snow. They really keep my hands locked onto the bars while riding the trails. An inexpensive grip with great holding characteristics and good looks.
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I was in the market for some new grips for my daily commuter and these looked to be a viable option. I generally commute glove-less for the most part, so I needed something that would be easy on the hands. I must say, the dual compounds feel so niiiiiiiice!
Now since they aren't lock-on's, installation can sometimes be tricky. Well, actually, they installed rather easily with just a couple drops of water in each. After a good twenty minutes, they were dry and ready to ride.
I've enjoyed them for the most part (about 60 miles on them) thus far, but I've noticed a few things. They've started to twist and turn a bit. Not too bad, but it does seem to happen every few rides or so (mainly rainy rides). Also, the soft/tacky compound is starting to wear much quicker than I anticipated.
For their price point, I can't say I am surprised, I am just hoping they last through the Fall. When I do replace them, it'll be back to lock-on's fo sho!