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Yes, you read that right. These grips have their own suspension. Forget suspension forks, steerer tubes, or even stems, Revolution is putting suspension right in your grasp. Their grip suspension system is pretty straightforward; the patent-pending design isolates the grip away from direct contact with the bar to keep impact shock and regular trail vibration at bay, meaning less fatigue in your hands or forearm pump through those stutter bumps…

Revolution see their user-adjustable system as just a logical next evolution of the mountain bike grip. And while they may be a bit expensive for a grip, they are cheap for a suspension component, and build in full user-serviceability. Designed to solve the problem of tired, beaten-up hands and arms, Revolution themselves were a bit surprised at the real boost to on the bike performance. It makes sense when you think about it, easing the impacts on your hands and upper body pretty directly results in increased speed and confidence while riding.

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Two years of development, the dynamic, Shock Absorbing Grip System just becomes an extension of the entire suspension setup of the bike. From tires to your fork, to the flex in your carbon bar, the grip is just the next step in your connection through the bike to the trail. At first you may think that you don’t want your grip to move, instead to have something firm to hold on to maintain control. But in fact, your hands are already moving and chattering on your handlebar, and the movement inside the grip is small, but effective.

Remember there’s not that much extra space in there to begin with, so this isn’t likely to devolve into a discussion of how many inches (or even mm) of travel your grips have. Revolution says that you actually don’t really notice the grips moving while you ride either. It really sounds like they move more like a really soft squishy grip, but give you something firm to actually hold onto. Revolution also claims the grips will really help those who already suffer from hand and wrist problems, as the grips soften those repeated blows to those riders already used to suffering.

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The grip works by having a slightly larger inner diameter that floats on replaceable shock absorbing inserts for multi directional absorption. Different sized tuning washers between the grip sleeve and the clamp let you customize the feel from really soft to ultra-stiff, and pretty much anything in between. That means you can try them out and see, really dial in how much shock absorption works best for you on the trail. That adjustability may be the best feature for those unsure if it is something worth trying out on their own bike.

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The grips are made in the USA and are out together from fully replaceable and user-adjustable parts. They come in the same sizes as standard grips, with both popular 31mm & 34mm grip diameters available. Really for pretty much any type of mountain biker from XC to DH, Revolution thinks their grips will let you enjoy the ride more.

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The full Shock Absorbing Grip System with everything needed to put them on your bar and customize the setup retails for $110. Rebuild kits will set you back $35 with fresh grip sleeves, new inserts, and bar end plugs (all of the soft rubbery parts.) Every other component is also available separately, so you can keep replacing bits as needed to keep them running for many years to come without having to buy the full kit.

And they are so sure that you’ll appreciate the feel, Revolution offers a 30 day money back guarantee. Check them out in person at a smattering of select dealers, or order online direct from the source.

 www.RevGrips.com

24 COMMENTS

    • Devil’s Advocate view: grips plus alloy bars still probably less than carbon and if their claims are true they sound more effective at dampening chatter. Plus, after the up front investment, $35 to replace the rubber isn’t SO bad.
      I’m not going to be an early adopter, but actually seems like good value, and if they kick butt might make it easier and cheaper to run SS/rigid fork and still ride hard all day for less than a Lauf fork or carbon bars.

  1. Great idea! I also think the price is spot on! Yes, it is $100 for grips, but this is a big contact area of your bike, and I can easily justify putting $100 into that. I mean, think about, people buy expensive saddles, fancy shoes, why not put money into a comfortable grip? This makes a lot more sense to be than the price of an SRAM X01 cassette over a Shimano XT cassette.

  2. guy at the shop took the plunge… feel great int he parking lot test – just a bit out of my price range… but will probably justify it at some point

  3. Great to see a company thinking outside the box!…. I can see how this would be a good addition to any bike…. my hands are often fatigued after long, technical rides!

    • Part of the installation process requires you tighten down the expanding barplugs before you tighten down the collars. If I remember correctly it is so you can pull the grip hard towards the end of the bar and then tighten the collars.
      There is probably a workaround, but id rather just support the small company

    • i just got my new Boyesen Shokout today to put on my KTM.They work great but now run $90 for left side right sde is a twist throttle. I will get a set of these grips since comfort is everything at my age.

  4. $110 grip or $900 fork? Well, maybe the 5mm of travel this gives you is way more expensive per millimeter.
    Anyhow, I’m out, they can’t work that well without coming in green, orange or purple.

  5. Interesting idea, but that URL text on the end caps is ugly as hell. Get rid of that nonsense, and I just might ask for these as a stocking stuffer.

  6. These work, I know these work because I’ve ridden a set, but they don’t work so much better than a set of ESI chunkies for me to say anyone should pay $110 for a set. $50? I’d buy a set, but $110 is simply too much.

  7. Actually a really neat idea. I plunked down for a set of Ergon GE1s recently, which weren’t cheap. While they have improved bar feel and overall hand comfort several fold over other grips I’ve used (and I’ve tried a lot), I think these might be even better at taking out the small vibration chatter the Ergon’s don’t.

    My only out on them would be even though I have big hands, I don’t like large dia. grips, which I am guessing these would be. I have also found the asymmetric nature of the Ergon’s to take out a lot of stress from the wrists, which is almost even more important for me.

  8. I bought a set and found that they help with some of the chronic shoulder pain I get on long rides. $100 is cheap to ride longer. All my bikes have them now.

  9. Went on a short ride yesterday over very rough terrain as the cows have trashed all the trails into moon craters. These grips work very well at reducing minor impact stress and allow more relaxed grip. I have the larges and have huge hands. I set them up with a 1mm and 2mm washer which is Med/Soft on their scale. Perfect.
    I can get some numbing in conditions like these especially when I grip hard and toss the bike around. Zero numbness or need to shift grip positions as I normally do.
    Love them.
    The end plugs will not fit the ends of my Raceface CF 35mm bars . So I used some leftover rubber bar plugs instead. They work just fine and have a nice rubber nonslip surface when I lean the bike on my truck.

  10. I’m all for supporting small companies that bring real innovation to our sport. However, $110 for a pair of grips is utterly ludicrous and ridiculous! In the words of the shark tank dorks, “For that reason, I’m out”.

What do you think?