DMR DeathGrips

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You could say that British manufacturer, DMR Bikes, know a thing or two about mountain biking. They’re famously known for their flat pedals including my favourites, the DMR Vault Midi. They make bike frames, like the Sled and they have a team of talented riders showcasing what their products can do. They’ve done many collaborations with pro riders in the past, but their more recent creation, the DMR Deathgrip, is designed in partnership with Brendan ‘Brendog’ Fairclough.

Your hands are one of the few contact points you have with your bike and, along with your wrists, they go through a great deal of vibration and tension on the trail. Of course, your handlebars can help make things more comfortable, but so can your choice of grips.

Beginning with an internally tapered single-lock core grip, DMR wrapped around Brendan’s design in super-soft Kraton compound. The single density soft Kraton rubber tapered core means there is no need for an outer lock ring. The knurl pattern makes for the best all-weather surface for your palm while the waffle section provides additional grip at the front, and the mushroomed thumb area is very soft and malleable. The DeathGrip is finished off with a tough closed end to protect your bars.

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Unlike many manufacturers, DMR has developed the DeathGrips to be available in many combinations. First of all, you can choose your thickness, thin (ø29.8) or thick (ø31.3). Then you can choose your compound: soft (20A Kraton) or hard (25A Vexk). Followed by your choice of having a flanged end or not, and finally, your choice of colour and design – suffice to say, DMR has considered all our fussy options.

DMR DeathGrip: Verdict

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My DMR DeathGrips: Soft – Thick – Flanged – Black

I’ve been using DMR Deathgrips for a few years now, going through different pairs to assess the variations between thick, thin, hard, soft and so on. At first, I opted for the thin sized grips and this was because I assumed my handsize would be on the smaller scale of the unisex scale and, for a while, they served me well. However, when switching to the thicker grip size, I found this to be far more comfortable for my wrists.

Owing to the compound and design, the DMR DeathGrip offers supreme grip, even on the wettest of days. When it comes to flanges, I don’t really have a preference, I’ve tried both and consider it to be more of a vanity thing than anything else.

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Frustratingly, the soft compound is almost too soft to be used on the ends of the grips, and if you are prone to involuntary lie-downs or, like me, you’ve sawed your handlebars to fit, be aware that the rubber may not last too long – even when bar ends in.

For more information on the DMR DeathGrips and to view the range, head over to their website here.

You can grab yourself a pair of DMR DeathGrips online anywhere from £13 and upwards which is quite a bargain really when you consider the options available, the unique design and comfort. For me, I don’t think I’ll be switching to another grip brand anytime soon.

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