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WHAT GRIP SIZE DO I NEED?

Your ideal grip size depends on your riding style, trail conditions, hand size, and whether you wear gloves or not. Selecting the right grip can be as much personal preference as it is a science.

As a general rule, most people normally opt for a thin grip, but generally people with bigger hands (XL glove size and upwards) should opt for a thicker grip.
However, some aggressive riders (even those with massive hands) may prefer a thin grip to achieve better bar feel and precise control. Conversely, people with smaller hands, who might otherwise be best suited to a thinner grip, may prefer the comfort and fatigue reduction of thick grips over ultimate control.

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The Monarch Grip is a descendant of decades of hanging onto handlebars like our lives depended on it. Because sometimes they really did.

We've tested countless different compound and grip pattern combinations, tweaking and testing over and over again in search of a single ultimate grip. And if you know us, you’ll know we sweated every detail, from performance to sustainability.

So grab a brew and nerd out on the design deep dive below that we think makes our Monarch grips the new Kings of Control.

KEY PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Two texture options: Knurl or Mushroom
  • Two thickness options: Thin or Thick
  • Soft 20A compound
  • Tapered grip body & offset core
  • Zigzag thumb pad
  • Tapered core is made from 80% recycled ocean plastic
  • Half flange and pinky ramp
  • 130mm grip area with a slim 8mm locking clamp and 3mm Allen key bolt

FORGED FROM YEARS OF DESCENDING

PRODUCT INFORMATION

TWO TEXTURE OPTIONS 

PEATY'S MONARCH GRIPS - KNURL

This firm classic has been used as a grip texture on tool handles for well over 100 years, and for good reason—a knurl provides an excellent, consistent, and aggressive grip. Each ‘knurl’ is a diamond shape creating a sharp point. It’s this sharp point that provides the grip, yet its shallow profile provides a sturdy base, creating very positive feedback and increased control compared to a mushroom texture.

The user of this grip would more likely be a racer who prefers this texture for its increased aggressive feel and precision control.

PEATY'S MONARCH GRIPS - MUSHROOM

The mushroom texture gets its title by looking like the classic fins on the underside of a mushroom. Used for decades on BMX grips for its ability to absorb impacts, each fin of a mushroom texture is evenly spaced with a gap the same width as the fin. This is important so that the fin can be compressed by the hand and flex into the space next to it. This provides a much more comfortable, compliant, shock-absorbing texture compared to a knurl texture.

The user of this grip could be anyone from a trail cruiser looking for maximum comfort to big hitters looking to take the sting out of hideous rock gardens and flat landings.

THICK VS THIN

People come in all shapes and sizes—and so do their hands—so having a one-size-fits-all approach to grip diameter is almost as crazy as offering a one-size-fits-all glove.

Our thin grip has a 30mm diameter on the inside and 32mm on the outside, while the thick grip has a 32mm diameter on the inside and 34mm on the outside.

This not only makes the thick grip an ideal diameter for people with larger hands but also provides an extra 2mm of impact-damping rubber compared to the thin grip.

COMFORT THUMB PAD

Your thumb is the only part of your hand that grips the rear side of the grip. This means every rock, drop, root, or rail can result in a small impact and rub between your thumb and the grip, which can lead to hot spots and blisters on the inside of your thumb (particularly around the metacarpal bone/knuckle).

Our comfort thumb pad extends further out from the grip diameter to provide more support and cushioning to your thumb, helping to reduce the risk of blisters.

Cornering forces naturally cause your thumb to shift left and right, which causes the straight fins of a mushroom texture to collapse side to side.

Enter the Zigzag!
Like corrugation in a tin roof, adding corners to a mushroom fin creates additional support. The tighter the zigzag, the more solid the thumb pad becomes.

Rest assured, we’ve agonized over the angles and measurements of our thumb pad texture to give you the best thumb support and cushioning possible.

HIGH GRIP FINGER BARS

Cutting into the diameter of the grip rubber, our high grip finger bars offer maximum grip and minimum distraction.

Optimally spaced for different hand sizes and finger lengths, each finger bar is sliced into blocks, allowing each to float independently to meet the needs of your fingers.

We've obsessed over the details on these bars, to find just the right balance of feel, depth, and grip. The inward cut bars work alongside the offset core to reduce the depth of rubber on the underside as much as possible. This provides you with a much more positive feel direct to the bar with your fingertips when pulling up.

TAPERED DIAMETER & CORE

A tapered grip means that its diameter increases from the inside to the outside of the grip.

This taper helps to create a more natural gripping angle by supporting your palm and reducing pressure on long rides.

The taper in the rubber also results in a thinner section of rubber on the inside of the grip (for more bar feel) and a thicker section of rubber on the outside of the grip (for more impact cushioning). This taper also works with the offset core to further increase the thickness of rubber on the top surface, enhancing impact cushioning even further!

TAPERED CORE

The core of our grip has been custom-made to take a thinner 8mm clamp rather than the more usual 11mm clamp. This is only a 3mm difference, but every little bit helps to maximize the grippable area (130mm) and minimize the overall width of the grip body on your bars.

To enable us to use this thinner clamp, we’ve also tapered the internal diameter of the core so the bar-end of the core is slightly smaller than the diameter of the bar. This means the grip bites onto the end of the bar and assists the clamp in preventing grip slip.

OFFSET CORE

Our core has also been offset vertically downwards within the rubber of the grip, creating thicker rubber on the top of the grip than the bottom. This, combined with the tapered rubber body and finger bars cut into the underside, gives our grip maximum comfort on the top surface with maximum grip and feel on the underside!

HALF FLANGE AND PINKY RAMP

Topping and tailing the Monarch grip, we've added a half flange and a pinky ramp.

The half flange is the perfect size to provide an internal bump stop for your hands and cover the hard-edged clamp bolt when thumb shifting.

The pinky ramp on the end of the grip provides you with subtle feedback and reassurance that your hands are at the edge of the bar while riding rough terrain.

20A COMPOUND

Bike grips can come in lots of different rubber compounds, usually ranging from 30A down to 15A—the higher the number, the harder the rubber.

Our Monarch grips come in a 20A compound as standard, which strikes a balance right down the middle—soft and grippy for an awesome ride feel, yet durable enough to last!

SUSTAINABILITY

80% RECYCLED OCEAN PLASTICS

We're always doing what we can to make our products more sustainable to produce, so all of our grip cores are made out of 80% recycled ocean plastics.

ECO PACKAGING

Monarch grips are packaged on an all-cardboard backing board (okay, apart from the metal rivets!) with paper pulp plugs instead of the single-use plastic ones typically used.

DESIGN PROCESS

We tested countless different compound and grip pattern combinations based on decades of hanging onto handlebars like our lives depended on it. Because sometimes they really did. As well as thousands of hours benchmarking our prototypes against current favourites we also surveyed over 1000 other riders to find out their pet hates and preferences.

To remove any design restrictions we even built our own in-house 3D moulding and printing set up for rapid prototyping. Refining shapes of cores and grip elements down to 0.25mm differences. Dialling in a super grippy but still durable 20a compound that performs superbly in all weathers. Tweaking and testing over and over again in search of a single ultimate grip.

 

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Remove old grips and thoroughly clean/degrease bars.
  2. Slide grips onto bar, ensuring the grips are fitted to the correct side. The ‘L’ and ‘R’ markings on the lockrings indicate left and right oriented grips and should be fitted to the left and right as seen by the rider.
  3. Orientate correctly so that the crown logo on the end is facing upwards. This will set a good default position for the finger bars and thumb pad. Roll forwards or backwards slightly to suit your riding position and preference.
  4. Tap the grip fully onto the bar to ensure the bar is driven fully into the tapered core. A firm whack with the palm should be fine—no need for a hammer!
  5. Tighten the 3mm Allen key on the lockring to 3Nm.
  6. Ride!

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FAQS

WHICH GRIP SHOULD I RIDE?

KNURL

This firm classic has been used as a grip texture on tool handles for well over 100 years, and for good reason—a knurl provides an excellent, consistent, and aggressive grip.
The user of this grip would more likely be a racer who prefers this texture for its increased aggressive feel and precision control.

MUSHROOM

The mushroom texture gets its title by looking like the classic fins on the underside of a mushroom. Used for decades on BMX grips for its a to absorb impacts, each fin of a mushroom texture is evenly spaced with a gap the same width as the fin.
The user of this grip could be anyone from a trail cruiser looking for maximum comfort to big hitters looking to take the sting out of hideous rock gardens and flat landings.

WHAT IS MY IDEAL GRIP SIZE?

Your ideal grip size depends on your riding style, trail conditions, hand size, and whether you wear gloves or not. Selecting the right grip can be as much personal preference as it is a science.

As a general rule, most people normally opt for a thin grip, but generally people with bigger hands (XL glove size and upwards) should opt for a thicker grip.
However, some aggressive riders (even those with massive hands) may prefer a thin grip to achieve better bar feel and precise control. Conversely, people with smaller hands, who might otherwise be best suited to a thinner grip, may prefer the comfort and fatigue reduction of thick grips over ultimate control.

DOES THE COMFORT THUMB PAD WORK FOR ALL HAND SIZES?

Its shape has been finely tuned to find a sweet spot in size and location, catering optimally for small hands, shovel hands, and riders who prefer to position their hands either on the inside or outside of the grip while riding.

DO I NEED TO HAMMER ON THE GRIPS?

The core of our grip has been custom-made to take a thinner 8mm clamp rather than the more usual 11mm clamp. This is only a 3mm difference, but every little bit helps to maximize the grippable area (130mm) and minimize the overall width of the grip body on your bars.

To enable us to use this thinner clamp, we’ve also tapered the internal diameter of the core so the bar-end of the core is slightly smaller than the diameter of the bar. This means the grip bites onto the end of the bar and assists the clamp in preventing grip slip.

This does mean you will need to tap the grip fully onto the bar during installation, but it really is a tap with the palm of your hand—no need for a hammer!

Check out our Installation Instructions above to find out more

DOES THE THINNER BOTTOM AFFECT CUSHIONING?

No!
The inward cut finger bars work alongside the offset core to reduce the depth of rubber on the underside as much as possible. This provides you with a solid feel to the finger bars and a much more positive feel direct to the bar with your fingertips when pulling up.

After all, there's no need for cushioning on the underside of a grip when all of the impact to your hands is coming from the top surface.

WHY USE A 20A COMPOUND?

Bike grips can come in lots of different rubber compounds, usually ranging from 30A down to 15A—the higher the number, the harder the rubber.

Our Monarch grips come in a 20A compound as standard, which strikes a balance right down the middle—soft and grippy for an awesome ride feel, yet durable enough to last!

A 30A grip is the most common compound specified on most new bikes. They’re firm and can be quite harsh to ride, but they wear out slowly and are less likely to tear if crashed.

A 15A grip is super soft and usually used for specialist race grips. These super soft grips are much grippier, and the softness helps to reduce impact on the hands, but with more friction comes more wear, so they will wear out quite quickly and can tear easily if crashed.

I RIDE WITH MY HANDS ON THE INSIDE OF THE BARS, WILL THESE WORK?

Our half flange is the perfect size to provide an internal bump stop for your hands and cover the hard-edged clamp bolt when thumb shifting. This is most useful for riders who tend to position their hands towards the inside of the grip while riding (innies).

The small bump (or ‘pinky ramp’) on the end of the grip provides you with subtle feedback and reassurance that your hands are at the edge of the bar while riding rough terrain. In wet conditions or at the end of a long race run, this subtle bump could be the difference between your hand staying planted on the grip during an unexpected impact and unintentionally slipping off the end of the bar.

I RIDE WITH MY HANDS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BARS, WILL THESE WORK?

The pinky ramp is most useful for riders who tend to position their hands towards the outside of the grip while riding (outies). It also provides additional comfort for those who hang their hands off the edges of the bar when climbing, or additional thickness and protection to the grip when dropped on the floor or scuffed down the side of a car!

The small bump (or ‘pinky ramp’) on the end of the grip provides you with subtle feedback and reassurance that your hands are at the edge of the bar while riding rough terrain. In wet conditions or at the end of a long race run, this subtle bump could be the difference between your hand staying planted on the grip during an unexpected impact and unintentionally slipping off the end of the bar.

UPGRADE YOUR MONARCH'S!

Our replacement Monarch grip lockrings are available in twelve anodized color options, are made from 6061 aluminum, and come with pre-installed 3mm stainless steel Allen key bolts. Torque bolts to a maximum of 3Nm.

UPGRADE YOUR MONARCH'S!

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