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How to choose motocross grips: Are you looking to get your hands (literally) on some new grips for your bike? Check out our guide on the different designs, compounds, and other tricks of the grip game. While they may seem simple, there are many options that can be used to make you more controlled and comfortable as you ride.

Types of Grips

The amount of grips on the market has expanded quite a bit over the years; going from simple single compounds to dual (and up) compounds, to tapered grips and all kinds of odd designs. There's also the options of lock-on grips to eliminate the need for glue or other adhesives during installation.


Most major brands offer multiple compounds in their most popular grips. In a single-compound grip this usually ranges from a firm, to a medium, and a soft compound (sometimes even a super-soft). To put it quite simply, the softer the compound, the tackier and more grip they provide, but also the shorter lifespan they'll offer both for wear, and at the ends where they can suffer crash damage. The majority of your professional riders lean towards softer compounds, as the lifespan isn't a concern considering they'll often swap out grips every week. Outside of the traction they offer, some may find they like the feel of a stiffer and harder grip, especially as they tend to feel much more like the ones that come stock on most bikes.

Most brands also offer a dual or triple-compound/density grip. These grips use different compounds, in different areas, to offer the advantages of each compound but without as much of each's negative traits. Typically, these grips will offer a soft compound where the hand contacts the grip with a stiffer layer underneath or wrapped through certain sections of the grip to offer a better lifespan than a single-compound soft grip would give. These grips are easier to spot due to multiple colors being used throughout to reflect the different compounds and also carry a higher price tag than a single-compound grip.


When it comes to grip patterns, the options are almost endless. The most common denominator is that nearly every company has a full diamond, half waffle, and full waffle design

Beyond that, though, there are tapered patterns (which are a larger diameter on the inside and smaller on the outside), designs based off of popular logos, angled ridges, and other niche designs.

For riders with larger hands, thicker designs and patterns can help fill the palm area and help the hands relax better as they doesn't have to squeeze as tightly to wrap around a smaller diameter. Vice-versa works for smaller hands, as smaller designs with less diameter can help the rider get a better hold of the grip.


Another option are lock-on grips. If you come from a BMX or MTB background, these will be immediately familiar. With your standard grip, you'll have to use an adhesive and/or safety wire to attach the grips to the handlebar. But in the case of lock-on grips, the left side has a clamp along the inside which is tightened to connect to the handlebar. On the other side, the throttle side grip is molded to a throttle tube, which is attached to the throttle housing and cables.

How Much to Spend

Your single compound grips will typically run between $7-$12, while multi and specialty compound grips can run anywhere from $12-$20. At the high-end of the scale will be lock-on grips at around $25, but they include a throttle tube with the throttle side grip already attached.

While these are definitely low-priced items, the amount of abuse they can take from your riding will make a big difference in how much you're spending per year.

Product Reviews

Before buying, be sure to do your research and read product reviews. Reviews are a great way to find out specifics about a particular model, user impressions, and things to watch out for. After you've purchased a product and had enough time to thoroughly test it, we encourage you to leave a review for other people to see when they are researching bikes and parts on the web. To do so, click on any item in our product guide, scroll down the page and click "Review this Product", then leave your thoughts.

We hope you've found this information to be helpful. If you have a question that isn't answered in this guide, the Vital MX Forum is a great place to get advice from knowledgeable riders.

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