LIZARD SKINS DSP GRIPS
When Lizard Skins started out in 1993, the company was small enough to be placed entirely on a kitchen table. But since that time, it has grown into a full-sized company. Lizard Skins offers a full line of cycling products, but its line of DuraSoft Polymer grips, otherwise known as DSP grips, really stand out.
Slide-on foam: Lizard Skins’ DSP grips slide right on and provide riders with a grip that has a soft feel and durable construction.
Lizard Skins’ DSP grips are offered in a 30.3-millimeter diameter and a 32.3-millimeter diameter. They both have a 130-millimeter length and use Lizard Skins DuraSoft Polymer technology to achieve an ultra-light weight. A pair of DSP grips weigh in at a scant 25 grams and come in eight different colors to match any bike. These grips are installed by putting two pieces of double-sided tape on the handlebars and then using window cleaner to lube the bars and allow the grips to be twisted and pulled in place. Sturdy plastic end caps protect the grips from tearing, and the price is $30 a pair.
Field test results:
Holding the Lizard Skins 30.3-millimeter DSP grips in our hands, we got a sense of how light these grips really are. We were almost shocked that the grips even held their shape considering their feather-like weight of 25 grams. Installation was made easy by the step-by-step instructions included in the box. These grips require window cleaner to be used as lubrication to slide the grips in place, and since the window cleaner takes a while to dry, it might be a few hours after installation before you can head out on a ride. Once we got out on the trails, the grips didn’t budge or twist. Some riders might find it more comfortable to size up to the thicker 32.3-millimeter grips. We tried the DSP grips with a few different gloves and found that our hands stuck to them well, but they didn’t leave us with the gummy feel that we have grown accustomed to from other grips. Weight weenies will absolutely love the 30.3 DSP grips due to their gram-shaving abilities, and riders with smaller hands might find these grips to be more comfortable. Overall, the 30.3 DSP grips stuck to our handlebars like glue and provided our hands with a soft, semi-tacky feel.
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