Reviewed: DMR DeathGrip - Total Women's Cycling

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Reviewed: DMR DeathGrip

Do you dare to death-grip?

Your hands are one of the few contact points you have with your bike and arguably the most important. 

When you think about it, your hands and wrists go through a great deal when you ride. Vibration, tension and not to mention awkward twists and turns… with the occasional tree-bump here and there.

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You could say that British manufacturer, DMR Bikes, know a thing or two about riding. They’re famously known for their flat pedals, bike frames and a team of talented riders. They’ve done a number of collaborations with pro riders in the past, with their latest creation, the DMR Deathgrip, designed in partnership with Brendan ‘Brendog’ Fairclough.

Constructed from a soft Kraton compound or a harder Vexk compound, this single-lock grip has taken the MTB scene by storm since its launch in 2016.

The DMR Deathgrip slips straight onto the bar end and with its tapered core design, means there’s no need for an outer lock-ring. Saying this though, you do have to give the grips a good slam onto the bars for a snug and secure fit.

The design of the DMR Deathgrip is pretty unique in the combination of patterns; waffle and knurl for grip and mushroom for comfort on the thumb.

Top: Thin (29.8) Bottom: Thick (31.3)

DMR has carefully considered the fact that all riders are different with different preferences which are why they’ve launched a number of style options. Thin, thick, soft, hard… you can even choose whether you want to have a flange or not.

DMR Deathgrip: Verdict

Out of the flanged thick and thin grips, I personally got on better with the thinner size.

Having tested these grips in all wonderful wet trail conditions as well as the rare dry days I’ve managed to sneak in, they’ve made a considerable impact on me… and a few times with a tree or the ground.

“…these have to be the most comfortable and forgiving on my hands”

From all the grips I’ve tried, these have to be the most comfortable and forgiving on my hands. Not only is the grip spot on, but they work so well in wet weather… unlike some grips that become slick or retain water in crevasses.

With sounding like too much of a fangirl here, I love these grips. However, the ends are soft and made from the same compound as the rest of the grip, so if you’re a bit of a loose cannon who crashed and bumps a lot… you’ll munch these ends up pretty savagely.

For more information on the DMR Deathgrip and to see the full range, head over to their website here.


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