Ritchey WCS Gravel Grips Bring Light, Comfy Neoprene Grip to Drop Bars
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Ritchey Logic’s new lightweight neoprene WCS Gravel grips are the latest to blend classic mountain bike grips with extended slide trail bike drop bar grips for off-road riding. No more double wrapping your drops for better vibration damping, just slip on WCS Gravel grips for more comfort and control in all conditions…
Ritchey Neoprene WCS Gravel grips c. Ritchey
The minimalist Ritchey Logic foam all-mountain Truegrips have long been a favorite of mountain bikers and heavyweights alike (like N1NO) for their combination of lightness, grip and comfort. And their neoprene foam version is known for even better grip in nasty slippery conditions and when your hands get super sweaty.
The new Gravel Grips were developed for low-reach, shallow flared gravel and adventure bars where riders may spend long periods off-roading in drops for better control. With a plush neoprene feel and a slick shape, they should eat up some of those little bumps while still retaining sticky grips so you don’t have to sink into loose, rough technical gravel descents. Or you know… under mountain bike trails, like Tom Ritchey would.
Technical details, prices and availability
The new single density WCS Gravel grips are made from a 4mm thick black neoprene foam for added comfort and grip even when wet and muddy. The round grips are 20mm in diameter inside and 200mm long for sliding over the drops of your gravel bars, right up to the levers where you’ll continue with a conventional handlebar wrap, top (or trim for the combo you prefer). The pair of open grips weigh 50g and come with a set of plastic bar end plugs, just like your handlebar tape, or with other alloy bar ends or slide-in tubeless repair kits.
The new Ritchey WCS Gravel foam neoprene grips are available now for $15/€15 direct from RitcheyLogic.com or your local bike shop. Now we’re just curious how long it will be until they drop an ultralight Superlogic version for gravel weight weenies…