Here is a quick look at some WTB Moto Tec clamp-on grips.
Specs and construction
I’ve been on gripshift for so long I’d forgotten how long normal grips are and these grips seemed to be on the long-ish side, even for regular grips.
The grips are constructed with a plastic skeleton that goes on the bottom of the grip and completely covered by the rubber grip.
Each grip and plug weighs 49g.
There are two clamp-ons at both ends of the grip that require two-allen head wrenches to tighten.
In order to use them with my grip shifters I used a fine-tooth hacksaw to trim to length. Following this route provided me with only one clamp-on instead of the intended two clamp-ons. Nonetheless, te grips slid on easily, and clamped tightly to the bar. I was concerned at how much movement the grip would have at the shifter side without the other clamp-on but, due to the plastic skeleton, the grips showed very little movement on the shifter side.
These are fairly narrow grips, which is nice if you have small hands. I could tell there was less padding compared to my Ourys but in several rides and a race I didn’t experience any undo hand pain, and the small size seemed to help my technical riding a little, especially when moving the front end around. The clamp-on mechanism holds tight and was very welcome in the middle of my last race when a freak rainstorm dumped a load of water on the course.
- Narrow width for small hands.
- Nice pattern for gripping.
- Plastic exo skeleton provides some stability if trimming.
- Clamp-on mechanism holds tight in wet weather but still allows easy removal.
- They seem to be on the long side which may impact shifter placement if used stock.
- Clamp-on mechanism requires two allen wrenches at a time. This could be a problem on the trail if riding alone with just a multi-tool.
- Like all clamp-on grips they are not weight weenie approved.