Gelrilla Grip Pro Elite gel holder review£14.99

Convenient but flawed

BikeRadar score3/5

Gelrilla’s idea of a clip that holds gels to your top tube has been around for a bit, but this new Pro Elite version is 40 percent lighter, at 32g, and 38 percent smaller. It still has room for four gels under the individual hinged clips.

The idea is that when you pull the gel, the top will tear off and stay in the clip, leaving you to gulp it down without using your teeth. While this worked okay with some easy-tear sachets (Maxifuel), others we tested (Squeezy, High 5, toRQ, Lucozade) just pulled out of the clip rather than tearing.

That’s still more convenient than fishing around for gels in a pocket or Bento box though, so it’s not a deal breaker. The new improved Gelrilla Grip is still potentially a great idea for fans of a liquid lunch, and we love the name.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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