The weather is changing and almost every mountain biker that’s been riding all summer could probably use a new set of grips. A relatively low-cost upgrade for your bike, the new PNW Loam Grips promise an “ultra tacky” rubber compound and a new dual-pattern design to balance control & comfort. Plus, there’s a touch of flashy color, and maybe that’s the little extra motivation you need to get out and ride when autumn trails start to get dark and damp…
PNW Loam Grips lock-on with ultra tacky rubber grip
What’s there to say about another new lock-on mountain bike grip? Besides coming in three flashy colors – Safety Orange, Really Red & Seafoam Teal (plus less exciting, but practical Cement Gray & Blackout), which happen to match their Loam Lever dropper remotes in case you didn’t notice…
…the soft rubber Loam Grips feature a promising-looking grip pattern to offer stiffer ridged support under the palm of the hand, then squishier thin grip lines in between the thumb & forefinger and under your fingertips.
Plus, there is a small inner flange that ramps up slightly on the inside before your hand slides over onto the single internal lock-on clamp.
The super soft 25a durometer rubber promises vibration damping and plenty of grip with wet hands. But since the pad of your hand rests on the blockier pattern, they shouldn’t wear out too fast. The Loam Grips are 133.5mm wide and average out 30mm in diameter, for a claimed weight of 90g per pair.
The best thing about a nice new pair of Loam Grips? They only cost you $19 / 21€, so it’s a pretty low-cost way to freshen up your trail bike. Especially since grips are the only part of the bike we actually touch directly while riding, and one of only three real contact points! Hunt around if you are looking for a set of Loams, PNW only has limited stock available right now, but they are available from a number of other retailers too.