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NEW – Renthal Traction Grips

Keeping you in control whatever the conditions

With Renthal’s UK made lock-on grips being a true hit with riders we’re intrigued to see what thEy have been working on – enter the Traction grip – just how much tech and detail can you pack into a grip?

We took a look at the new Apex and Integra 35mm bar clamp options and wider Fatbars when Renthal launched them last month. These subtle tweaks and improvements are typical of the development process that this British brand put into their new products and now they have turned their attention to the third component of the mountainbike cockpit – the grips. Although there are plenty of grips on the market to choose from (including the recently introduced DMR Deathgrip), we get a bit fussy with our contact points and therefore only a few hit the spot and make it to our Dirt 100 selection.

Renthal Traction Grips 1

The Traction grip has been developed for extreme conditions and for those that want additional mechanical grip. Renthal still follow the usual format – with an overall length of 130mm and a usable grip area of 110mm these dimensions should suit most riders. They have stuck with double lock-on collars for extra security (we now tend to favour grips with single collars) and there are plenty of riders who still prefer them – check out our bike check with Brandon Semenuk. They are a grip that will cope with the nastiest of riding conditions.

The Renthal Traction grip has six unique features:

FORWARD FACING RAMPED FINGER RIDGES

When pulling back on the handlebars, the majority of the grip and torque is concentrated through the fingers. Forward facing, ramped ridges in the finger area give increased grip when pulling back, yet lay flat in normal riding conditions, for improved comfort.

 

 

Rearward Facing Angled Palm Grooves

When braking or steep descending, the majority of the torque and grip is concentrated through the palm. Grooves cut with a rearward facing angle give improved grip in this situation. As the ramped groove is cut into the grip, it gives a comfortable, large surface area for the palm in normal riding conditions.

Renthal Traction Grips 2

Consistent Pattern

The grooves and ridges are consistent across the width of the grip, to accommodate riding with your hand in any position. Be it right in the centre, or with the heal of the hand over the end of the grip, the additional traction is just as effective.

Open-Ended Grip Features

Riding in extreme and muddy conditions as seen recently at Crankworx in Les Gets, crashes are inevitable, which can result in the grip’s textured pattern getting packed with mud. Renthal designed the grips to have open-ended grip features, allowing mud to be purged off the end by the movement of the rider’s hand pushing outwards.

 

Offset Grip Material

For comfort, the grip material under the palm area has been increased to give improved cushioning and a thinner grip material is used under the finger area to keep the overall outside diameter the same. This is similar to the thinking behind the ODI Elite grips.

Compound Options

Renthal offer the Traction grip pattern in four compounds:

– Ultra Tacky, £24.95

– Kevlar, £24.95

– Soft, £21.95

– Medium, £21.95

cycling.renthal.com

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