I was looking at affordable ways to upgrade a mountain bike. Fortunately, I came across the suggestion of upgrading to Odi Ruffian Grips.
And I can tell you, I was awfully surprised at how much of a difference they made.
The stock grips on my bike were lock-ons, but still had issues with slipping occasionally; these haven’t slipped since I put them on the first time.
The locks are like piranha jaws: once they’re on, they’re on. Odi doesn’t mess around with their lock-on grips.
In addition to eliminating slippage, the diamond pattern on the Odi Ruffian Grips really feels solid. Even with gloves on, I felt secure through dodgy sections.
These are really grippy without being painfully abrasive.
The rubber portion of the grip is very low-profile (especially compared to their other grips, like the Rogue), which keeps your hand really close to the bar, giving you a great feel for the terrain you’re riding. You do sacrifice some shock absorption for this, but the added feeling of control is definitely worth it.
If you’re looking for a cheap way to upgrade your bike, the Ruffian is the way to go.
You can get the Odi Ruffian ($20.83) in a lot of different colors to either match or contrast with the rest of your color scheme.
Also, check out the Patriot version of the Ruffian, a limited edition white grip with laser-etched stars and stripes!