23/01/2013 | 19 comments
Here we’ve got two new Lock-On grips from the originators of the best grip system in town; ODI.
The first new grip from ODI is ‘The Machine’ which is a Maris Strombergs signature grip. Apparently it has been over 25 years since ODI made a signature product, but when the two-time BMX Olympic gold medalist asked them to make some they felt they couldn’t really say no.
The main part of the grip is made up of a very small star pattern which seems to give a little more bite than the similar sized diamond pattern on the classic Ruffian grips. To aid grip even further, especially when pulling up, the grip also has some much bigger raised stars which are meant to sit under your fingers. I suppose these are really just a different take on the Ruffian MX with a little more grip on the standard part of the grip and then a little less agro waffle part. They’re nice and skinny too. We definitely like them and we reckon a lot of other riders will too, especially because Maris requested that they were made a bit longer than usual. These measure in at 143mm wide which is noticeably wider than most other Lock-On grips which come in around the 130mm mark. Big hands rejoice.
Colours: Black, Red, Yellow or White
I suppose the other new grip from ODI isn’t technically a new grip as it’s really just a new colour option, but that doesn’t stop us from loving it. For ages ODI’s Troy Lee grips have been one of our favourites thanks to the superb pattern which manages to provide incredible grip along with great comfort, especially for such a thin grip. They really are hard to beat as all the little subtle design touches add up to one seriously impressive grip. If you haven’t already tried some then you really should, and don’t be put off by the price cos we reckon they’re worth the extra.
Anyway, as you can probably see from the photo the new colour option is ‘Glow in the Dark’. Pretty pointless maybe (apart from possibly at the start of a night ride), and not the most practical colour in daylight either, but we still can’t help loving them. Don’t worry if they don’t float your boat though cos there are of course a load of other colours to choose from.
Colours: Glow in the Dark, Black, Red, Yellow, Orange, Aqua or White