Peaty’s Products are looking to rule the grip game with their new Monarch range, I put them to the test to see how they fared

DH MTB legend Steve Peat is no stranger to hanging onto bars and Guy Kesteven has been getting hands on with Peaty’s new Monarch grip designs to see if they really do rule

Peaty's Monarch grip fitted to a handlebar
(Image: © GuyKesTV)

Bike Perfect Verdict

Excellent overall control and comfort performance in two sizes with extra grip or extra cushion options amped up by unique Peaty’s detailing. Loads of colour choices, decent price and eco conscious too.


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    Knurled for grip or Mushroom for comfort options

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    Excellent grip and thumb control with both

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    Tapered, offset molding for fit and comfort

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    Thick and Thin designs

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    Multiple color options for grips and rings

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    Eco-conscious core material and packaging


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    There are cheaper options but they’re simpler too

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Peaty’s Products continues to expand its mountain bike equipment range with the release of its new ‘Monarch’ grips. The two grips designs share a bunch of smart details, come in two sizes and a bunch of colors. They’re packaged to be as planet-friendly as possible too and are some of the best MTB grips I've ever tested.

Peaty's Monarch grip

The Monarchs come in Thick and Thin options (Image credit: GuyKesTV)

Design and build

The Monarch grips come in two designs, knurled file pattern or mushroom ribbed. That only applies to the topside though as the underside of both grips have a siped bar design for finger grip and then a chevron ribbed thumb panel on the inboard section. There’s a half flange on the inboard edge and a bulged outside edge and the grips taper slightly from inside to outside.

They’re molded onto an 80 percent recycled ocean plastic core that taps securely onto the bar, locking in place with 3mm stainless steel bolted lock-rings with a slim rounded profile. The 20a durometer grip rubber is also molded onto the core asymmetrically so that it’s thicker on the rider-facing side. 

Both grip designs are available in ‘Thin’ (30-32mm) or ‘Thick’ (32-34mm) and black, red, mango, turquoise and slate grey color options. You can accessorize them with aftermarket lock rings anodized in black, bourbon, emerald, gold, mango, navy, punch, red, silver, slate, turquoise and violet.

Peaty’s also uses recycled and recyclable cardboard packaging (including the grip plugs which are normally plastic) with wire and paper ties on the lock ring cards rather than zip-ties.

Peaty's Monarch grips with packaging

They also come in Mushroom (extra comfy) or Knurled (extra grippy) designs (Image credit: GuyKesTV)


Grips are very much a personal thing but Peaty’s consulted over a 1,000 riders (including me) about their preferred designs before testing the most popular options. They then built their own 3D printing and molding setup to prototype various designs before settling on the final two designs.

Unsurprisingly they feel like a ‘best of’ compilation of popular designs such as DMR’s Deathgrip, PNW’s Loam built onto the tapered, offset form of Ergon. Testing them back to back though, you appreciate the extra detailing of the Monarchs. These include the extra stability of the chevron thumb pad compared to a simpler mushroom section. The extra grip and firmer feedback from the finger bars being cut into the grip rather than sitting on top of a flexy base. The half-flange, grip taper and outside lip naturally position your hand really well with a neutral wrist angle and let you know when you’re getting to the edges. Lazer-etched lock-rings and printed logos on the grip faces and end pieces make accurate alignment easy too.

I normally prefer an aggressive grip pattern like the knurled design, but still chose them for wet weather or any other situation when maximum feedback and grip were the priority. I was surprised how much I liked the combination of comfortable topside cushioning and precise underside finger grip of the mushroom designs though. This means they became my go-to for long, rougher rides on both my XC and trail bikes where the extra comfort noticeably reduced buzz fatigue and softened baked ground, tight fork, or stiff wheel issues.

So far they’re lasting really well too, with no tears or splits despite a couple of crashes. The thicker ends also protect carbon bar tips as well as anything your bike falls against.

Peaty's Monarch grip fitted to a handlebar

Both Knurled and Mushroom designs get finger grip bars cut into the offset moulded rubber. Flanges both ends help centre hands too (Image credit: GuyKesTV)


There are load of different grip options available, but for me the Peaty’s approach of trying everything and cherry-picking the best parts of each really works. The tapered, asymmetric design means even the thin knurled grips give super clean and precise feedback in all weathers without being bruising. Alternatively, the semi-mushroom design adds noticeable comfort without diluting bar control or compromising confident grip. The compound seems a great balance of tactile and tough so far, the pricing is reasonable and Peaty’s deserve credit for thinking eco where they can.

Peaty's Monarch grip lock rings

Lock rings are available aftermarket in black, bourbon, emerald, gold, mango, navy, punch, red, silver, slate, turquoise and violet anodized colors (Image credit: GuyKesTV)

Tech specs: Peatys Monarch Grip

  • Price: $29.99 / £24.99 / €31.99 
  • Sizes: 30-32mm ‘Thin’, 32-34mm ‘Thick'
  • Grip options: Knurled or Mushroom in Black, Red, Mango, Turquoise and Slate
  • Lock ring options: Black, Bourbon, Emerald, Gold, Mango, Navy, Punch, Red, Silver, Slate, Turquoise, and Violet
  • Weight: 100-126g per pair

Peaty's Monarch grip in blue

Black, red, mango, turquoise and slate grey colour options all use the same 20a Duro rubber compound (Image credit: GuyKesTV)
Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven has been working on Bike Perfect since its 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. He’s also penned a handful of bike-related books and he reviews MTBs over on YouTube.

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

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg