Renthal Ultra Tacky Lock-On grips
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We know that Renthal make some excellent Bars and Chainrings and a range of Grips. So when these arrived in Feb we were looking forward to trying them out. As the name suggests they are Ultra tacky, and they aren’t kidding. They are 130mm long with 110mm of grip surface. They weigh in at 116 grams too. But that’s nowt new. What is, is the compound. It is stupidly tacky which does feel odd to start with. I mean how often has your grips been “Stickier” than your shoes? Not often i bet.
They are ideal if you don’t wear gloves, but they work well even if you do. The result is a grip that means your hands stay on the bars even in the roughest deathgrip kind of situation and this being the UK means the same applies when it’s raining. Even when yours hands are sweaty they still work well. I have used them in most weather conditions and they are spot on. The Tacky feel is something I normally hate but I have got on with these really well as far as grip is concerned. The added bonus is that unlike normal grips that get slippery once they are worn is the the Ultra Tacky compound is ALL the way through so in theory they will still grip damned well to the point there’s no grip left. This we have yet to try. Wear wise they are pretty good and they do absorb the trail vibration well. I found that if I did a long ride they did get to feel a little firm, but this is partly due to having a slightly dicky hand. They do tend to leave a bit of a tacky feel on your hands after you have taken them off of the grips and no surprise they do pick up dirt and mud quite easy. They clean up well and so far are a sticky as day one.
They won’t suit everyone but if you need a grip that really does grip then these are well worth looking at. But get a feel of them first if you aren’t too sure. As for how well they will fair in the hotter weather and with my ability to make grips get tacky even when they weren’t we will have to wait and see.