ODI Ruffian Soft Lock-On grips review

Downhillers' choice is brutal by name, comfy by nature

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £22.00 RRP | AUD $50.00 | USD $30.00
ODI Ruffian Soft Lock-On grips

Our review

Solid, grippy and supportive grips that stood up well to testing
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ODI’s Ruffian grip is a proven performer and a go-to choice for many gravity riders. The tried and tested lock-on design remained solid and play-free throughout our testing, and the burly end caps stayed in place despite our fair share of offs.

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The new ‘Soft’ rubber compound is nice and grippy in the wet, and seems to have a damping effect on high-frequency trail buzz too. There’s no waffling or ribs to isolate the hands from vibration, but the rubber itself does a good job of staving off hand pain, and the simple design gives a direct feel on the bar.

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The downside of the softer rubber is, of course, that the Ruffians will wear out faster. That said, after a lot of hard use, our grips were still looking pretty fresh at the time of writing.

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The broad lockrings stop you placing your hands right at the ends of the bar, as some riders like to, but if you don’t mind this, they’re a very comfortable set of grips.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Ruffian Soft Lock-On grips (15)
Brand ODI

Available Colours Grey
Grip Type Lock-On