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Easton Carbon Friendly 33mm Lockon Grips

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Easton Carbon Friendly 33mm Lockon Grips

Easton Carbon Friendly and Comfortable Grips

The Easton Cycling carbon friendly lock- on grips feature a clever locking mechanism—the aluminum clamps don’t directly clamp onto the carbon bars, rather elastomeric polyurethane is used in place of Kraton for increased comfort and durability. The aluminum clamps are concealed by the grip which gives these grips a sleek appearance and further boosts comfort.

  • Material: Aluminum clamps, elastomeric polyurethane grip
  • 33mm lock- on grip
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Easton Perfection
had these shhipped to me in the uk to go on my havoc35 carbon bars.

Just a great grip comfy and plenty of grip were its needed, nice touch to hide the lock rings within the grip as well.

PROS: Quality, Durable, Comfortable, Attractive Design

BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Gravityenduro
August 20, 2013
Location:
Derby, UK
Great Grips
3rd set of these grips, love the grip texture and low profile. Long lasting. Good looking. Perfect match for Easton Havoc Carbon 35 bars.

PROS: Grippy, Durable, Long lasting

BEST USES: Long Rides, Mountain Bikes
December 13, 2015
Location:
Los Angeles
Stripped lock ring bolts
2 of the 4 lock on bolts stripped during install. Was far from over tightening, mild force and the allen key spun inside the head of the bolt, likely will not be able to remove without cutting. This is frustrating as I am a extremely loyal Easton customer and have never had a QC issue.

I liked the idea of a carbon friendly grip for my carbon Easton haven bars. And much prefer a larger diameter grip for large hands. So these grips fit the bill perfect.

The rubber for me is slightly too hard, prefer a softer compound for vibration reduction on longer rough rides. These grips could be softer, but the compound will likely last a long time. The diameter is comfortable with no complaints.

The logo writing on the grip itself in a bit over kill and doesn't look very good in my opinion, simple would be better.

While being annoyed at the bolts stripping, I don't foresee any issues with the grips functionality or performance. Rubber compound and grip aesthetic is purely a personal preference, so no star reduction.

Would be 5/5 except for the bolt issues I experienced.

PROS: Easy to Use, Durable

CONS: Stripped 2 out of 4 lock ring bolts
April 24, 2016
Location:
Two miles past Mars on the left
Solid single use product!
When Easton decided to enter the grip market it seemed like an interesting foray. Seems they weren't impressed with how other's lock on grips were fitting on their bars. So what does a powerful company do? They set out and create their own. I thought it was an interesting take on the grip market. Nothing mind blowing, per se, but all intriguing refinements on a market with few innovations as of late. They decided that the traditional clamping method where it cinches down on carbon bars was a bad method so they made their own clamping mechanism that clamps indirectly to keep from stressing the carbon. Easton also came up with their own rubber for the grips dubbed elastomeric polyurethane that has two different patterns for the palm and for the fingers on the grip. The rubber also extends beyond the normal area to cover the lock on clamps. A nice touch but something that might have a 50-50 like/dislike option. There's also a very interesting option for the Easton grips that nobody else seems to offer on the market: varying diameter. The grips are available in 30mm and 33mm diameters with a minimal weight penalty(115g/132g). The grips also come in seven colors to help you with your color matching on your rig.

I have had thicker grips that were soft and caused issues. I have also had thin grips that felt great until the wear point and caused bad cramping before their demise. I decided to take a shot on the 33mm diameter grips to see if they could be the cure all for my hands and help with any cramping. One thing that helped sell the grips was the packaging. It's well thought out and encourages you to try them on your hands to see how they fit. It's two ingenious rivets that allow the grips to swing out to give you a fitting. This is important if you're selling them in multiple diameters. The 30mm grips felt okay but a little small in my hands. The 33mm grips felt like they conformed a lot better and filled in with my hands. I run large size gloves in any brand and have very long fingers with puffy palms. This usually leads to bunching with gloves and small grips. This didn't seem to be the case with the Easton grips. The grips themselves were also a bit longer than the Kore grips I was previously running. This created the need to move my controls in on the bar more than usual. That's nothing bad but something as a little bit of a consideration for those who don't appreciate change. My old grips measure 5 1/8" in length and the Easton grips measure 5 3/8". This difference equates to more real estate to move about on the bars. Mounting the grips is straight forward with a 2.5mm allen wrench. You can see how the grips' lock rings differ from other brands as they clamp over the inner sleeve on the grips rather than directly on the bar. They are also mounted with the larger Easton words for your palm area and the smaller Easton words for tactile feel with your digits. The grip has a soft and comforting feel on the hands but isn't thick like an ODI Rogue. The soft feel has a nice cushion but isn't exactly thicker on the 33mm model just the inner diameter of the grip has been increased. This is a nice touch for those with larger hands who are seeking a thin grip.

Two things to note with the grips as I did the street test after installing: One: the clamps are not ODI compatible so you can't use any old clamps or seamlessly combine your KS clamp with the levers so you will have to move things out on the bars to make room. Two: Make certain you have the clamps torqued down correctly or the odd cap/lockring combo will come off and go bouncing away. This wasn't a dire occurrence on the street but could be a serious issue if you were on the trail. Black tends to disappear in the forest rather easily.

On to the rides, shall we? As mentioned before the grips are VERY comfortable and easy with which to gain familiarity. The extra length to them had me adjusting my i-Spec setup to get the shifter closer as well as training my mind to move around my hands a bit more than usual to get them from the edge of the bars(to use the leverage) inward to the shift spot. This was bothersome at first but second nature months later. Also, the portion of the rubber that covers the lock rings are likely a personal preference. Some might dislike the extra bulge upwards as others might like the moto feel as sort of an end point without having to look or feel around. Personally, I liked the covered area as the mounting screws were covered and not digging into my palms. I had prior issues with other grips as I was maximizing life by rotating the grips and exposing my palms to the screws. That said…the Easton grips are a left/right specific set and can't really be rotated to extend life. The specific palm/finger areas are designed that way and work brilliantly. The finger area has a bit of a tangible difference in feeling and is nice while the palm feels more like an armchair for the stress point of the grips. It's a very comfortable grip to use whether you choose gloves or go Blenki style.

After a couple months the grips are feeling just like they did on the first day and wearing slowly. This is assuring as they are a one life grip. They have survived a couple minor tussles with the ground with no wear and have not discolored from glove use or dirt. This is a major bonus to me as some grips can wear and discolor poorly. The grips have not come loose and there have been no issues to report.

In all I would say that Easton really did their homework on these grips. They have created a comfortable grip which works with each part of the hand, doesn't ruin carbon bars, works in all conditions, wears well and is available to fit any hand and color combination. If they would just fix the collars to accommodate dropper levers it would be just about the perfect grip for me. These grips come highly suggested and are very well priced compared to the competition. Take a look, try em on…maybe you'll dig em!

PROS: Many Colors, Lightweight, Durable, Versatile, Good Grip, Different Sizes

CONS: Not Ks Lever Compatible, End Caps Are Strange

BEST USES: Long Rides, Mountain Bikes, Commuting
January 21, 2016
Location:
Portland, OR
Nice and thick for my big bear paws
Was looking for a large diameter grip and trust Easton products.
May 22, 2016
Location:
San Jose

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