Gusset S2 Extra Soft Compound grip review

Gusset does a whole range of grips, but these latest S2 Extra Soft’s are designed to be the grippiest of all. We’ve been grabbing a handful in all weathers to find out

Gusset S2 review
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

BikePerfect Verdict

Maximum control grips with decent comfort at a good price


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    Zoned control features

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    Super sticky compound

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    Very good price

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    5 color options


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    Likely to wear fast

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    Limited cushioning

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UK-based rider-designed brand Gusset has a loyal following among hardcore riders who want tough kit on a budget. It has packed all their favorite control features into this new S2 grip and it’s great for as long as it lasts.

While Gusset does double-clamped and push-on grips, this single inside collar design is the security/convenience/comfort sweet spot for most riders. The grip is also eccentric so you get more rubber under your palm for cushioning. The diamond ‘tread’ pattern is also bigger here to add some more damping. A smaller file pattern keeps the volume low where you need the most tactile feedback under your fingers, while your tips can hook into the ribs on the underside. The thumb area also gets extra grip if you’re hauling up on the bars or trying to flip and two radial ribs on the outside edges to stop your hands from sliding off the ends accidentally. The lack of an outside edge clamp means you can overhang comfortably if you want though.

Gusset S2 review

The grip features different file and rib patterns to aid grip (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

You can get all the same features (as well as purple and green options) in the standard S2 grip, but we tested the Extra Soft version using a very tacky VEXK3 compound. That adds serious adhesion to the already high traction feel and it’s a real help if you’re a really aggressive rider and/or you just ride a lot in cold, wet, dirty conditions. The soft compound also makes up for the lack of shock-absorbing ribbing or depth over the full grip. Obviously, the super-soft rubber will wear more quickly as a result but we’ve not torn or tired them out yet. 


Grips are a surprisingly personal component and there is a huge range available to choose from. The more aggressive riders in our test team got on really well with the shaping and design though and while the Extra Soft compound won’t last as long, we’ll be getting the same again when they do give out. Top value pricing means regular replacement won’t blow your budget either.

Tech Specs: Gusset S2 Extra Soft Compound grip

  • Price: £17.99
  • Weight: 110g per pair 
  • Sizes: 32x131mm long 
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Red
Guy Kesteven

Guy has been working on Bike Perfect since launch in 2019. He started writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit, he’s also penned a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too.

Current rides: Cervelo ZFS-5, Specialized Chisel, custom Nicolai enduro tandem, Landescape/Swallow custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg