Grips are an often-overlooked bit of kit, which seems daft when it’s the most important connection point between you and the bike. Consequences are dire if you slip a hand on a descent due to fatigue, soreness, or a lack of grip. My advice until recently has been to buy whatever ODI brand grip fits your hand size – their compounds are both long lasting and grippy without being gross or sticky, and soft to take the edge off the trail without being mushy.
“This feels like ODI” was my first reaction when I first had a play with Sensus’ older Disisdaboss grips, and indeed it was – the wee ODI logo moulded into the end letting slip that Sensus design but don’t manufacture. Advertised as the “grippiest grips in a world of grips”, they weren’t wrong and quickly became my favourites on my downhill bike. The wee ribs on the surface add comfort and increase grip hugely, especially in the wet, yet unlike the ODI ribbed grips (and especially unlike the Giant OEM ones) it doesn’t feel like your hand is moving on the bar as the ribs collapse and move under your hand. They’re also a much better thickness for an average sized hand than those offerings.
I would have had another set for my trail bike had they not been too long – I couldn’t fit my reverb lever between my grip and brake.
This is where the Sensus Lite comes in. It’s the Disisdaboss all over again except a little more refined and in a lighter package (45g per side). The ribs are a little smaller, a little tighter, and the feel is similar with maybe a little less squirm. Best of all they’re a normal length (123mm), and all those levers and buttons can go in all the right places. They’ve only got a lock ring on the inner side but don’t move on the bar and have a lip at each end that helps position your hands. I think the inboard lip would be a little annoying on my thumb if I rode gloveless for a long ride, which is a shame because these would be prime for gloveless riding otherwise. With gloves it’s unnoticeable, so these are my new go-to grips. If you’ve got wide hands and ride gloveless, the Disisdaboss is just as good and won’t bother your thumbs – so long as it fits your setup.
Words: Jhan Vernon
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