AMS Berm grip review – tapered shape and tactile feel

AMS Berm’s are thin, tapered grips for control-freak, handlebar micromanaging riders

AMS Berm Grip
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

BikePerfect Verdict

The AMS Berms’ tapered and narrow profile will suit smaller handed riders who like tactile trail to hand feedback although gloveless riders may prefer a tackier and damped finish for better grip

Pros

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    Tapered shape will appeal to some riders

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    Direct trail feedback

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    Simple single collar lock on design

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    Rubber ends

Cons

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    A little thin for my liking

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    Rubber could be tackier for gloveless riding

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    Minimal vibration dampening

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AMS (All Mountain Style) are best known for their range of bike accessories from crank and frame protectors to straps and mudguards. These are usually jazzed up in either bright colors, designs, or collabs with the likes of Red Bull, Kriss Kyle, and even Netflix’s Stranger Things.

AMS released their first MTB grips last year, the range consists of three grips although sadly none of them are 80’s science fiction themed. The AMS grip range consists of the single-thickness, dual pattern, and dual density Cero, a feathery 18g Extralight foam grip, and the tapered Berm grips I have been testing. 

AMS Berm Grip detail

The grip has a diamond pattern with a waffle section underneath (Image credit: Graham Cottingham)

Design and specification

The grips texture uses a micro-diamond pattern with a waffle style at the center, this is very similar to the ODI Elite Flow, a classic and my go-to MTB grips. Where they differ is that the AMS Berm have a noticeable tapered shape, measuring 29.5mm on the inside and growing to 33.9mm at the outside diameter. 

The single collar design has a built-in rubber bar end so you can lean your bike without worrying about scratching anything. As with any sealed end grip, when fitting make sure the handlebar is all the way to the end of the grip before tightening the collar. 

AMS has loads of color options available, our review grips are the Red Camo version but there is also Blue Camo, White Camo, Orange Camo, Yellow Camo, Green, a rather unpleasant brownish Gum, and plain old match everything Black.

AMS Berm Grip bar end detail

The grip has a sealed rubber end (Image credit: Graham Cottingham)

Performance

Some riders will be immediately drawn to the tapered shape, although there is only a 3.6mm difference in the diameter between the inside clamp end and the outside; it's a noticeable taper both visually and in hand. I found the inside to feel quite narrow although that will appeal to riders with smaller hands.

As previously mentioned the grips design is very similar to one of my favorite grips so I have no complaints there. I did find the texture of the surface to be quite hard which doesn't lend itself well to gloveless riding, especially if you're prone to sweaty palms. The harder compound should mean they last longer though and my test samples are showing zero wear.

The Berm’s give little in the way of damping due to their thinner profile, this ensures a solid bar feel and tactile trail feedback but on longer rides can lead to tired hands.

AMS Berm Grip detail

The Berm grip has a obvious tapered shape (Image credit: Graham Cottingham)

Verdict

If you have small hands, like a tapered shape, and want a very direct bar feel you will really like the AMS Berm grips. Personally I would like a little more dampening for long descents and the rubber to be a tackier for gloveless grip. 

Tech specs: AMS Berm grip

  • Price: $28 / £22
  • Diameter: 29.5mm inside, 33.9mm outside
  • Length: 135mm
  • Weight: 103 grams
Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road, based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.


Rides: Cotic SolarisMax, Stooge MK4, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg