It’s hard to believe that in January, Lizard Skins will have been around for 25 years. It’s even harder to believe that Oury Grips has been at it for 50 years. Due to the retirement of one of the heads of Oury, the company decided to sell to Lizard Skins rather than close up shop.
As a result, Oury grips will continue unchanged, and will still be made in the U.S., only now they’ll be manufactured by Lizard Skins. The company will be run under the same roof as Lizard Skins in their new facility in Utah where they continue to make many of their products.
Products like their neoprene chainstay protectors which have been in their catalog since 1993. It was fascinating to hear owner Brian Fruit geek out on the obsessive details that go into the chainstay protector which are almost certainly overlooked by most people. Details like the surface of the neoprene which is referred to as ‘shark skin’. Apparently this is a result of the neoprene molding which is done in huge blocks – but only the very top of the mold has the shark skin texture, which helps the protector stay in place. Brian also pointed out that their protector is up to a 1/4lb lighter than some stock plastic chainstay protectors which could make it popular for the weight weenies out there.
Lizard Skins is continuing with three sizes of chainstay protectors that weigh between 21 and 31g, plus there’s an option for custom printing if you order 25 or more.
Custom printing is also available on their lock on collars with only a 20 piece minimum order, and they’re the same cost as stock collars. Perfect for your cycling team, giveaway, or shop.
Of course Lizard Skins is continuing with a wide variety of lock on and standard grips (like the new Charger Evo, and Charger with flange), their popular DSP bar tape in three thicknesses, and an expanding line of soft goods with new gloves, saddle bags, and more.