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ODI Bjorn Bikes grips review

ODI and Bjorn Bikes team up to create a grippy and eco-friendly MTB grip

ODI Djorn grips review
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Our Verdict

Fat, super tacky, high control cannibal rubber collab from the OG grip gurus, but the soft compound peels easily.

For

  • Super tacky
  • Shock damping
  • Eco-friendly
  • Decent grip

Against

  • Soft ends peel
  • Slightly heavy
  • Some slip

Original lock-on grip legends ODI have paired up with recycled stainless steel specialists Bjorn Bikes to create a signature eco-friendly grip, which is great if you like fat and tacky interaction with the trail.

The rubber section of the grip is constructed from 100 per cent recycled offcuts in ODI’s United States factory, giving a super soft, tacky and damped feel. The rubber is offset on the central plastic core, so there’s more padding under the palm to increase damping and comfort but less under the fingers for more precise feedback. Grid patterns under and over the grip add to the natural adhesion of the rubber, although they’re more slippery than a fully ribbed or patterned grip. The 31mm diameter might not suit smaller hands either.

ODI Djorn grips review

The compound has shown some wear after a few months use (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

An inside and outside taper keep hands central, but there’s no outer clamp to get in the way if you like to overhang. The soft compound does peel back off the ends fairly easily, and there’s some scuffing after several months of heavy use. There’s much less overall wear than there would be with a more aggressive or thinner grip. The amount of rubber does make them heavier at first, and you’re paying a slight premium to take less of a toll on the planet.

Verdict

The soft and tacky eco-compound will appeal to riders looking for dampened trail vibrations and those who prefer a thicker handhold.

Tech Specs: ODI Bjorn Bikes grips

  • Price: $29.99/£26.99
  • Weight: 108g per pair 
Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven is Bike Perfect and Cyclingnews’ contributing tech editor. Hatched in Yorkshire he's been hardened by riding round it in all weathers since he was a kid. He got an archaeology degree out of Exeter University, spent a few years digging about in medieval cattle markets, working in bike shops and warehouses before starting 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 coughed out a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too. We trust Guy's opinion and think you should, too.


Rides: Pace RC295, Cotic FlareMax, Specialized Chisel Ltd MTBs, Vielo V+1 gravel bike, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Di2 Disc road bike, Nicolai FS Enduro, Landescape custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg