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Grab-on Foam Maxi Handlebar Sleeves for Drop Bars - Black

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Comfortable foam grips for drop handlebars, and a great choice for touring bikes
NeoFoam construction is scientifically optimised to absorb shock and vibration for great comfort, and does not get too soggy if you are out in therain
The high quality foam offers good resistance to abrasion and is very durable, so the grips will last well and offer great value for money
Each piece is 195mm long. NO glue is provided, use liquid soap to fit.
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Overall Product Rating 4 / 5
Seem very good quality
By Peter Walton
05 Sep 2019
4 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsNone yet
ProsCheap, comfy, long!
Bought these to use on my Jones Loop H bars, as a cheaper alternative to the extra long Jones or ESI grips.
They’re a bit squashier than the aforementioned grips, but very comfy and er, grippy!
Only used them a few times, so I can’t comment on longevity. Although the quality seems very good.
Give them a try! ????
Amongst the very best.
By Ken Stewart
08 Jun 2019
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsNot much
ProsHigh quality material
Some articles are well designed and become successful, are fashionable and fade away. Grab-on foam grips are so simple and the quality of the material is so high they are amongst the very best at any price. Especially good for long distance touring and dampening road vibration through the bars.
Time tested - And the best thing to put on your handlebars!
By Tony
23 Oct 2018
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsNothing significant. Use liquid soap and water to get them on
ProsUnsurpassed material quality and comfort
Grab on grips have been made in the USA since the 1970s and they are the most comfortable and highest quality grips you can buy anywhere. They are not that expensive either!

It takes a bit of dishwashing soap and water to get the grips on and a few days to dry completely in place, like the instructions say.

My first set of Grab On foam grips I bought for my 10 speed handlebars back in the late 70s and its amazing that even today they still make these great grips in America!

Don´t believe or listen to any negative or grouchy reviews for a minute! It´s simply not true what the negative reviews say and I think they were written by incompetent cyclists who just have no idea. So ignore them.

You have to use liquid soap and water to get them on, but really, how hard is it. Maybe a bit tough at first but use enough soap and they eventually go on - and they are great!! No handlebar tape can match the comfort of Grab On foam grips, especially for a touring bike.
For a specific type of person.
By Stuart John
15 Feb 2018
3 / 5
A very comfortable grip which is incredibly challenging to fit over cables in addition to the curves of a drop bar. The benefits when compared to well wrapped thick tape with gel pads appear negligible.
The most comfortable handlebar covering
By A456FG
22 Nov 2017
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsGetting it on the bars - use soap or washing up liquid as a lubricant
ProsComfortable and long lasting
For dropped handlebars. It's very comfortable and cuts down vibration from the road to almost nothing. Very long lasting too. It seems to be only available from SJS these days.
As good as it gets.
By Eric Watson
18 Sep 2017
5 / 5
I recommend this product
I have used grab on since 1983 have applied it to my day cycle, my touring cycle and my tandem. It is far more superior to similar makes. My day cycle has covered 80,000 miles with only two changes of grab-on. My touring cycle has survived Israel at 48oC, Corfu and Corsica, Turkey was warm as well at 50oC. Local touring was good and my hands were warm at -10oC.
By Leloups
12 Jul 2017
1 / 5
ConsWill split
ProsOnly place I could find them
Split when putting on - too tight and not strong enough - don't waste your money.
Works as padding but impossible to install inner pieces.
By Roopee
08 Jul 2017
3 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsI defy you to get all 4 pieces on without slitting them!
ProsFirm enough for good control, and very comfy, once you manage to install them
I suffer from RSI and vibration-related problems in my hands so I thought this stuff would be just what I need for my Dawes Galaxy tourer with Randonneur bars. However I found it impossible to slide the inner pieces into place (despite copious liquid soap). In the end I slit them and taped over the foam with leather tape, which both looks and feels better. Unfortunately standard reels of tape are 6" too short so I had to improvise, including carving and shaving off slices to shape round the hoods and under the brakes and to thin the ends. All in all what should have been straightforward became a major job, but the end result is worth it - the comfiest bars of any bike!
Long Lasting And Comfortable
By Simon
17 Jun 2017
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsPutting it on the bars
ProsComfort and long life
Very good stuff. I dont think anyone else sells it these days. Use Fairy Liquid to work the foam on the bars with a dry tea towel. Apply Fairy directly on the inside of the foam with your fingers and on to the bars. Attach the gear and brake cables on the outside of the bars with a few cable ties.
Surprisingly Good
By Paul
08 Mar 2017
4 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsAbsolute b*gg*r to get on
ProsTough, comfy
Foam was tougher than I expected, ans is very comfy on handlebars. you will need LOTS of washing up liquid, time and physical effort to get these on. Make sure the bars are completely clean before starting. Swearing helps. But the end result is worth it, just hope I don't have to do this again too soon!
Same As Ever!
By Big Bum Bill
03 Feb 2017
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ProsThick and comfortable and far more for your money than the THIN stuff sold now...
I have been fitting 'Grab-On' to my various cycles over many years and find it comfortable. I recently purchased this stuff from SJS as its the only place to stock it now in England... (as far as I can tell) I recently put this on a new touring cycle I am building up. I also had some left over from the past to fit. Has not changed...still good!
Grab On Foam
By Anonymous
22 Nov 2016
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsSuper comfortable, and lasts a long time.
ProsHard to get on - use soap and water on the bars and inside the foam. Relatively expensive.
I've been using this for years and think it is still the most comfortable handlebar covering for touring and general day to day cycling. Ideal for dropped bars. However it is difficult to use with STI and aero levers because brake and gear cables normally run under the handlebar tape. A simple and straightforward workaround when using Grab On is to use fairly wide black cable ties to attach the brake and gear cables outside the Grab On, in a position that doesn't interfere with your fingers. This approach looks neat, is easy to do and lasts.
Grab On Foam Maxi Sleeves For Drop Bars
By MartynA
05 Apr 2013
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsToo thick for tops
ProsThick, grips bars, very comfortable
I use these for the hooks, below the brakes, with cork tape above the brakes and just one turn below. One set of sleeves does two bikes. Used like this weight on the hands falls on the thick foam but the hand isn't held back reaching for the brake lever from the hooks. If you are pressing into a strong wind, being comfortable on the hooks makes a great difference.

They feel great to me, much nicer than gel pads under tape.

To lubricate inside for fitting Sheldon Brown suggested isopropyl alchohol (tape head cleaner or buy at chemists) and this has worked very well for me.
Maxi Foam Grips
By Jon
17 Dec 2011
1 / 5
ConsToo short for the job
ProsNice foam
Expensive and the 4 pieces you receive are TOO short to fully cover a pair of drops like the ITM anatomics sold by SJS. As you can't buy single lengths, you have to double the cost again just to get an extra 2 inches. For want of someone in the factory having a tape measure, the product is a complete disappoitment. Surely for £17 they could give you enough, never mind a bit extra? Crazy.
By Tone
10 Aug 2011
4 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsSpoil the proportion of sexy bars. Expensive!
ProsFeel good
I'm an old git approaching my 50th year so often suffer from numbness in my hands during longer rides. I'm not sure these things help, but they sure don't make it any worse. Also, if ANYHTING is going to help, surely its nice spongy bars isn't it? To summarise they feel great, and I thoroughly recommend them, but they are a bit 'thick', which makes the bars look a bit Micky Mouse. I prefer the look of the thin foam grabon, but prefer the feel of these.
Questions & Answers (3)
Grabon Foam Maxi Handlebar Sleeves For Drop Bars
25 Jun 2014
Maybe you have an inner diameter of 30 mm ?


Unfortunately we're not going to have anything that will fit such a large diameter, as all bike handlebars top out at 23.8mm.

What Is The Inner And Outer Diameters?
25 Jun 2014
What is the inner and outer diameters of Grabon Foam Maxi Handlebar Sleeves for Drop Bars ?


The inner diameter is 23mm when the material is not stretched, but it is designed to stretch to fit over standard 23.8mm diameter drop bars. The outer diameter is 32mm.

Modern Drop Handbar Brake And Shifter Configuration
03 Jun 2014
Could you tell me if this product is compatible with modern drop handbar brake and shifter configurations and also, would you have a picture showing it can be done ? The matter is that I have a new road bike with standard bar tape and despite I've added gel under it, it will never be the comfort of Grabon. Thanks.

I should be compatible with modern road bars an shifter combinations, you would have to remove the shifter to fit it though. You would also need to make sure you have any cables already routed underneath it before you apply them. We don't have a picture of them fitted I'm afraid.