RaceFace Half Nelson grips - in brief review£19.95

Tacky lock-on grips good in wet weather

BikeRadar score4/5

The big difference between the RaceFace Half Nelson grips and most other single-clamp models is a plastic sleeve that runs the full-length from the inboard clamp. The purpose of this is to stop the outboard end from twisting, as it can do on simpler grips, and it works well. 

There’s obviously no hard outer end-clamp to bruise your palm on, and the Half Nelsons also save 15g a pair compared to a set of full end-capped lock-on grips. 

Far-side finger ridges and the ‘Garbanzo contour’ pattern add extra wet/slimy conditions grip to an already tacky, slim profile. The feel is definitely firm rather than ‘padded’. 

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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.
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  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
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