Want to start an argument? Try to tell your racing bud- dies what the best grip is.
There are as many opinions on grips
as there are grip companies—and
no one knows how many grip companies there are, because new ones
pop up every day. Additionally, the
big grip companies make so many
different models that the actual
number of grip choices number into
As a rule, MXA does not change
the stock grips on its test bikes.
We want each test rider to feel the
complete package as it rolls off
the showroom floor. Once the stock
grips wear out or get torn in a crash,
however, the test rider of record gets
to put his favorite grips on the bike.
As you would imagine, this process
doesn’t sit well with the next MXA
rider on the test schedule. He wants
his favorite grip instead, so we let
the next test rider change to his
favorite grip. And so on. Since as
many as seven test riders will race
each MXA test bike, this goes on
like a crazy game of musical chairs.
To try to understand this
phenomenon better, we asked
Daryl Ecklund, John Basher, Jody
Weisel and Dennis Stapleton to tell
us why their favorite grip is their
favorite. Here are their gripping tales.
A’ME FULL-WAFFLE CLAMP-ON
RENTHAL FULL-DIAMOND SOFT
RENTHAL KEVLAR TAPERED
EKS BRAND HALF-WAFFLE