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New WTB PadLoc grips & handlebar standard keeps your grip from slipping…or rotating!

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WTB Padlock Commander mountain bike grip
The WTB PadLoc Commander has a 30mm diameter and comes in green, red and pink.

After having their grips slip during competition, top enduro athletes Jerome Clementz and Jason Moeschler went to their sponsor WTB for a solution. Moeschler, who’s also WTB’s director of global OEM sales, has been keen on moving developments through the pipeline quickly there if they could improve his and his teammate’s results. And safety:

“Both Jerome and I have had our locking grips completely slip on us when we need them most,” explains Moeschler. “We’re not big riders, which is the strange part. If it’s happening to us, it’s happening to others too. I’ve had serious crashes from twisting a grip, it was obvious we needed to change the way grips fit on bars so we developed the PadLoc system.”

To remedy grip slippage required rethinking, redesigning or literally hacking your handlebar, too…

WTB-padlock-grips-internal-subframe-diagram

“In order to prevent grip slippage, you have to look closely at where the rotation is occurring,” stated Chris Feucht, WTB’s manager of new product development. “Purely bolting a grip down is not going to solve the problem, you have to think about how (the grips) slide and then work on that specific contact area to prevent movement from occurring. Creating an angled plane on the handlebar’s end that counters forward movement solves this issue. The best part is, this also adds real estate for extra rubber, which makes PadLoc grips remarkably forgiving and comfortable. It’s funny that such an aggressive design is so easy on the hands.”

The result is the new PadLoc grips and handlebar interface. The extra comfort mentioned above comes from a thicker wedge of rubber at the outside edge, where the meat of your palm usually sits. It’s colored differently on all of the grips shown here, indicating its position.

In order to get that extra rubber in there and create the angled plane that prevents grip rotation, the handlebar ends need to be reshaped. WTB’s press materials say it requires a modification of your existing handlebar (squishing the ends?) or one of these new ones coming from SRAM/Truvativ later this week:

  • Jerome Signature Series UD Carbon Bar – 20mm rise / 7º back-sweep / 5º upsweep / 750mm wide / 225g / $226 USD / Includes Commander with signature green accents
  • Boobar 7000-series alloy bar – 20mm rise / 7º back-sweep / 5º upsweep / 780mm wide / 335g / $111 USD / Includes grey Commander grips

WTB-padlock-grips-angled-handlebar-modification

For existing handlebars, Park Tool has created the SGI-7, an insert for their SG-7.2 adjustable saw guide, which will give you the angled cut shown here. What this does to your handlebar’s warranty remains to be seen (but we could venture a guess).

WTB Padlock Thinline mountain bike grip
The PadLoc Thinline is just 28mm round, but opposing angles keep your hand securely in place and offer a bit of cushioning.
WTB Padlock Ace Bulge mountain bike grip
The Ace Bulged grip provides a more ergonomic profile with improved wet-conditions grip.
WTB Padlock Clydesdale mountain bike grip
The PadLoc Clydesdale has a girthy 33mm diameter of Contact Rubber for larger paws.
WTB Padlock Grip Shift mountain bike grip
The 30mm diameter PadLoc Grip Shift pairs with the Commander for modern 1x twist shifter setups, available in grey and green.

All grips will be available in December for $34.95/pair. The handlebar/grip combos from SRAM will ship in September. We’ll check these out and more new goodies from WTB in person when Eurobike’s indoor show opens on Wednesday!

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Glenn
Glenn
7 years ago

‘Standard’

Using the word standing is a marketing mistake.

Kind of neat, but I’m not buying a tool and cutting my bars only to make it a pain to use any other grip ever.

I’ve never lost my grip due to bar slippage.

And finally – thanks for offering a bigger grip. Men with man hands get left out from some of the coolest grip designs.

Max
Max
7 years ago

This seems like the stupidest idea ever. I have never had an ODI double lock ring grip slip on me.

benzo
benzo
7 years ago

Great idea! Cut you handle bar in half and put rubber in place of the removed carbon!!!!!!!

Heffe
Heffe
7 years ago

Ha it won’t work with my BAR ENDS will it.

Bazz
Bazz
7 years ago

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vladimir_e
vladimir_e
7 years ago

What in hell does he mean by “Reinforced wedge shape”?

That’s some awful marketing kool aid they’re brewing up… I expected better from WTB

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

Mmmm kool aid…

I like my ESI Chunky grips and have personally never had them spin on me. No lock-on, no problem.

S
S
7 years ago

If your grip with ONE clamp slips, switch to a grip with TWO clamps.

Problem solved!

Eminem
Eminem
7 years ago

Clever thinking. Personally though, I’ve found that inserting aluminium end caps in the bars (to prevent the end of the bar deforming), and using friction paste under the grip locking surfaces has been adequate enough for even the most difficult cases of grip rotation.

As for the the claim of “I’ve had serious crashes from twisting a grip”, Hmmm, I’m not convinced. This sounds more marketing guff to me….1) Find an issue with an existing part. 2) Exaggerate that issue into a safety concern. 3) Present new product that addresses that concern. It’s all very clever marketing and no secret that products that target fear or safety sell very well in any marketplace. Add in a touch of ergonomic design and you have a winner.

Not since Ergon has the design of a grip seen so much innovation, so in this respect while I won’t be buying these, WTB have done a great job.

Heckler
Heckler
7 years ago

Someone should let Jason know that the real reason he beefed it in that video is because he was riding one-half of a fork!

But seriously, I’m not cutting my handlebars

Chasejj
Chasejj
7 years ago

OK. Love WTB stuff. Like the concept. But do I have to dump my whole Raceface 35mm cockpit to get the grip?
or is their some miter jig coming that I can cut my Next 35mm CF bars to accomodate this?
What if I don’t wan to be married to the grip?

This idea has some real practical marketing issues.

How long is the Clydesdale? I’ve got Chromag Squarewave XL grips now which add extra length into the grip equation and they are pretty nice. 2 clamps and this gorilla doesn’t rotate them and I try all the time on climbs. I think I am DNA wired for a throttle.

Mark
Mark
6 years ago
Reply to  Chasejj

It doesn’t matter if you’re running a 35mm diameter bar and stem…think about it!.

Fat Boy
Fat Boy
7 years ago

seriously?

I also run ESI Silicone grips. Never slipped. Not once. (in fact, they attach so well that it requires a knife to remove them)

And I get to use any handlebar I want. (no bar-cutting required)

Chris
Chris
7 years ago

There are many easier ways to stop grips from free spinning… micro ribs around handlebars and grip’s metal rings contact area will practical do the job and still cross compatible with currant standard.

Bob
Bob
7 years ago

What a waste … And buy one more park tool

Gregory
Gregory
7 years ago

Another company *might
Easily and shortly invent another bar locking grip which need minimal amendment to the bars.

Naton
Naton
7 years ago

If it’s all the same I’ll wait for the 29er specific version thanks.

Fat Boy
Fat Boy
7 years ago

is there a FATBIKE and PLUSbike specific version?

Antoine
Antoine
7 years ago

wow you guys are quite angry on a solution with absolutely nothing hurting. They propose a tool and a specific bar but you clearly don’t have to buy those to enoy that wedge. Just use a file and the wedge on the bar is done in 2 minutes and would have absolutely no impact on durability or safety or whatever. There is not much stress on a bar end.

Mac
Mac
7 years ago

Does anybody remember what was wrong with regular rubber grips? They never move suddenly.

Andrea from JRA
7 years ago

I’m waiting for someone to invent a tool that can measure how much I’m tightening the bolt on my lock-on grip. Until then, these seem like the only option.

bad andy
bad andy
7 years ago

Uhh, no thanks. I give ’em effort for trying though.

My Oury slip-ons have been slip free for…ever?

Jon Woodford
Jon Woodford
7 years ago

I am going to go against the crowd and stand up for WTB here. In the British winter with damp conditions all the time and need for jet washing, often water does get under the grips and they do slip. Combined with a carbon bar where I am always a bit careful about how tight to tighten lock on grips, you do get slippage. Seems like a good design to me but don’t totally get the need for a lockon at one end. Shouldn’t the wedge cutout just stop all rotation. I guess the locker allows you to make the grip slightly larger than the bar to make fitting easier. Oh the fun I have had over the years trying to get rubber grips off!!

badbikemachnicx
badbikemachnicx
7 years ago

This thread is full of bike shop nerds. Good cheap solution to a problem that I haven’t personally encountered, but hey if it works wth. Grips are like 6.50$ cost boys. Calm down!!

Artyom
Artyom
7 years ago

Another solution for non-existent problem.

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
7 years ago

So much not said. What if a bar comes oe and I don’t like the rotation that gives me the magical palm support? Standard? Hack away at bars…carbon bars (cutting edge tech=early adopters=carbon bars)???

I like this, but…but…but…

Seraph
Seraph
7 years ago

Here’s a solution to rotating grips: drill a hole through the grip and bar and throw a cotter pin through there. No wedge cutting required.

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs
7 years ago

@Andrea from JRA – It’s called a torque wrench. Been around for, literally, decades. Every competent tech should have one, but most inexplicably don’t.

justanotheropinion
7 years ago

I like the soft edge aspect. I wear my grips out at the ends. Having that soft edge to lean on will keep my hands more comfortable. I’m in.

Bryan Pressnall
6 years ago

I haven’t had any problems with grips slipping in the last 30 years, but if hairspray stops working, or I start competing in World Cup races I will definitely consider getting some of these.

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