We know, we know: how much improvement can a pair of grips boast? Well, Easton had a look around the market and–as one of the largest sellers carbon bars around–found it lacking. In particular, they found that the design of most of the lock-on grips on the market weren’t particularly kind to carbon or lightweight bars. They also found that the commonly-used Kraton material lacking in terms of abrasion- and UV-resistance. The result is these handsome (sorry) grips in six colors and two diameters. Hit the jump for more!
Easton’s main innovation here is a clamp that grabs the bar through the grips’ base plastic. This keeps the hard aluminum away from the bar, preventing stress risers. Both inner and outer clamps sit below a layer of grip material, which should keep them comfortable and add a bit of security at the bars’ ends. In addition, the outer clamps are closed to further protect the bars.
The elastomeric polyurethane grip material was chosen by Easton for its combination of “advanced cushioning properties” and improved resistance to abrasion and ultraviolet light when compared to commonly-used rubbers. The palm area is densely padded and minimally textured while on the far side grip and control are provided by raised text. Lest the rider forget their grip brand, the Easton logotype appears roughly 70 times per pair of grips.
On the bike, the 30mm, 104g (actual) grips are slim but comfortable and the dense palm area does feel like a nicely broken-in grip. The clamps are nicely machined and their covers a nice touch. In addition to our slim pair, a 33mm diameter is available for those looking for a bit more comfort. Grips with clamps are available in the US this month at a reasonable $25. Check back after a few months for a proper long-term review…