How to Choose Mountain Bike Grips

A mountain bike’s grips play a critical role in the connection between you and your bike. The right grips can improve comfort and control over the bike so you can hit the trails with confidence. PRO offers a variety of grips that differ in size, shape, and material as well as different ways they attach to your bike. Here are a few things to consider when deciding what grips are right for you. 




Slide-on Versus Lock-On Grips

Slide-on grips are a lightweight and more affordable option ideal for budget-minded riders or for cross-country racers looking to shave a few extra grams. PRO’s Slide On Race grips weigh just 55 grams while providing excellent grip thanks to the sticky silicon material. 




Lock-on grips use collars that are tightened around the handlebar to prevent rotation. PRO offers both Single and Double-lock options that tighten the grip to the bar in different places. 


As the name implies, PRO’s Dual Lock Grips have two collars, one on each end of the grip. Together, the two lock points hold the grips securely in place for the most aggressive trail riding.


Single-sided lock-on grips are popular with mountain bikers who ride with their palms toward or over the ends of the grips. PRO's single-sided lock on grips utilize a locking collar on the inside of the grip, keeping them firmly in place while leaving a smooth surface at the outer edge for comfort.  




Grip Ergonomics

Grips are no longer a one-size-fits-all component. Take the time to select grips that feel right and fit your hands for improved comfort and control out on the trail.


PRO’s mountain bike grips come in multiple diameters sizes with 30mm and 32mm being the most common. Riders with smaller hands or those who prefer a tighter wrap around the bars typically choose a smaller diameter while riders with larger hands opt for something bigger.


Shape is another factor to consider when deciding what grips are right for you. Round grips like PRO's Lock On Race grips offer a uniform cylindrical shape across the full length of the grip. This allows riders to grasp the bar in different places and angles with the same feel and comfort.




Ergonomic grips feature a flatter section that mimics the contours of your palms for added security and comfort. PRO offers a variety of ergonomic shapes to choose from including the Ergonomic Race grips that flatten out toward the end of the grips nearest the bar end. 




Grip Texture

In addition to choosing the right diameter and shape for your hands, consider the type of material a grip is constructed from. Soft, single-compound grips are often lightweight and offer excellent shock absorption. PRO’s Ergonomic Sport grips are a simple, straightforward option that will improve comfort over bumpy terrain.


Rubbery, dual-compound grips like PRO's Dual Lock Race grips are more durable and feature a textured surface that increases security and control for more aggressive riding. 



Grip may seem like a trivial component when setting up your mountain bike, but they are an important connection between you and your bike. The right grips will balance size, shape, and texture for optimal comfort and security for your style of riding.  


PRO Components and tools are covered by the PRO Lifetime Warranty.