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Imprint Grips

Moulded To Your Hand

Imprint Grips

 

The guys at imprint grips contacted us offering us the chance to test out their grips within BMX. The grips are designed for hours in the saddle but would they work in a 30 second sprint of a Race ?

We sent our roving reporter ‘Jake’ to the Cycle Show to meet the Imprint guys and collect the grips for a test


 

The big selling point behind the Imprint grips from TMR designs is that it’s a grip that is uniquely moulded to your own hand.

There are two versions, premium and standard. The version we have for test is the premium, which has a full aluminium body, and a titanium retention bolt, as opposed to the standard’s polymer body, aluminium lock ring and stainless steel bolt.

The moulding process is easy, and done in your own home, and if you’re not happy with it can be redone multiple times.

The moulding is simply done by submerging the grip in freshly boiled water to heat it for two minutes, quickly drop it in to cold water for a few seconds, to make sure you don’t burn yourself, and then grip it to take the mould of your hand.

The recommendation is that you place the grip on your handlebars to take the mould of your hand and get yourself in to your riding position as best you can in order that the mould can be taken as close as it can to how you ride.

Also included is a mesh to place over the top when you mould the grip to give you a textured finish to the surface to hopefully allow you to hang on better.

In practice the moulding process is easy, a good excuse to bring the bike into the kitchen to get it all set up properly, and if you’re a bit OCD, like most cyclists are, you’ll want to get the logos lined up and the single Allen bolt tightened before you give the grip a squeeze to make sure everything is lined up nicely once you’re finished.

The first thing I should probably mention is that it’s worth making the mould with your gloves on (something I didn’t think about to start) as it obviously moves your fingers apart.

I gave the finished product a try in a few practice sessions and had planned to race with them, but unfortunately I didn’t get on too well with them and swapped back to my trusty Vans waffle ODIs before the racing started. The thing that most surprised me was just how much of a BMX’s suspension is in the grips.   I appreciate that my riding isn’t the smoothest, but the Imprint Grips felt really solid, however if you were to use the on a mountain bike you can see how they’d be more useable with bigger, lower pressure tyres and suspension will make for a much softer front end.

I also found the moulding gave a slightly claustrophobic feel to the cockpit, and was never quite happy with where I had my hands on bars, leaving me wondering if perhaps I change me hand position more than I realised when riding a lap.

The recommend retail for the premium version is £39.95 and the standard £24.99


To find out more get over to the TMR website


 

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