Review: Troy Lee/ODI Grips


The Troy Lee/ODI Signature Grip in action

The Troy Lee/ODI Signature Grip in action

Masters of design Troy Lee and grip manufacturer ODI have teamed up to produce an awesome new MTB grip. Many of us here at Art’s Cyclery are already sold on the Troy Lee/ODI Signature Grip, and after looking at all of it’s features it’s not hard to see why.

You will never be at a loss for traction with this grip. It’s three-dimensional grid pattern has tons of edges cut to bite into your glove and eliminate slipping. Riders in wet conditions should love this grip, as the grid pattern creates channels so water and debris will clear quickly, or at least stay below the surfaces of the grip that provides traction. These grips are on the thin side, with a bit more volume than ODI Ruffians, but not as thick as the Rouge or Oury grips.

You can see the many edges that provide endless grip.

You can see the many edges that provide endless grip.

Another stand-out feature of the Troy Lee/ODI hand holder is the use of small flanges on either end of the grip. You might look at the minimal projections and wonder what, if any, effect they have on performance. Well, in this case, less is definitely more. Because they are so small, they don’t get in the way of shifting (on the inboard side), or feel uncomfortable when you are climbing (outboard), yet still provide landmarks so you know exactly where your hands are positioned. Feeling the outboard flange against your finger somehow gives you a little extra confidence to weight your bars in a turn. Additionally, the “ramp” on the opposite side of the grip that the flange is on prevents the locking collar from digging into the heel of your hand.

The flanges look small, but they do a lot of work!

The flanges look small, but they do a lot of work!

These grips come in several colors; Red/Black, Black/Silver, White/Red, and Yellow/Purple, and are all available from artscyclery.com.

Troy Lee/ODI Signature Grip

Pro

  • Full-wrap traction for limitless grip
  • Flanges provide points of reference without hindering performance
  • Thin for control
  • Grid pattern clears water and debris
  • Easy installation and slip-free, lock-on performance

Con

  • On the thin side, so might not provide the cushion you’re used to if you like thick grips
  • The flanges take up a little room; if you wear XXL gloves you might feel cramped
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