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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 3.8 / 5
As good as it gets.
By
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.
Rubbish
By
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
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
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
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
03 Feb 2017
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsNone.
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
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
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
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.
Professor
By
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
By
25 Jun 2014
Maybe you have an inner diameter of 30 mm ?

Thanks.
Hi,

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

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

Thanks.
Hi,

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.

Thanks.
Modern Drop Handbar Brake And Shifter Configuration
By
03 Jun 2014
Hi,
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.
Hi,

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.

Thanks.