The new SDG Thrice Grip features three different textures that combine to pack both comfort and grip traction into one package. Available in two diameters — 33mm and 31mm — the new grips utilize a one-piece clamp and tapered core that result in a low retail price as well as weight.
The 136mm length offers ample space for holding on to and with the single clamp design you run your hands at the end of the grip. A bit of a ridge at the end creates a reassuring edge to butt your hand against.
- Length: 136mm
- Diameter: 31mm, 33mm
- Listed weight: 39g
- Dual density design with tapered inner core
- Flare at outer ends
Installation is quick and easy, especially when compared to the ODI lock-on models. They’re snug due to the tapered core, which helps with preventing rotation. I utilized a mallet and gave them a few quick taps to make sure they were fully seated before fastening the bolts and heading out for a test ride.
We’ve been fans of SDG grips for some time, as the circular icon logo texture presents a good feel at the bars.
After testing a number of grip models with 1-piece clamps and becoming accustomed to being able to run our hands all the way out to the outside, we were looking forward to the new grip models to drop.
On the trail
The mix of surface textures on the Thrice work well to enhance grip and feel at the bars. In the last year I’ve taken to running slightly larger diameter grips and with the Thrice, I took to the 33mm model over the 31mm running them both with and without gloves.
One thing I quite liked was that when gripping the bar tightly, I could feel a bit of give, thanks to the flex from the grip texture. It was noticeable on long descents and added a bit of relief in dispersing shock and vibrations. It’s a nice balance of give without being too firm or too mushy.
With smaller hands, Inga took to the 31mm, though she’s been experimenting with the 33mm on her hardtail for additional vibration relief on long, all-day rides.
The Thrice grips have a great feel to them and at $20 are definitely worth trying. We’ve become fans, though at my first look I will admit to some hesitation. One thing I wasn’t sure of initially was the molded inner clamp; I’m accustomed to alloy bits here. That said, the resin material is more than up to the task of keeping the grip secure and from rotating. It also happens to weigh (and cost) less, so you won’t have any complaints from me.
In addition, the inside of the grip is slightly ovalized. I’ve become quite fond of this feature as it provides a bit more surface area for gripping. And though it is a small amount, I really liked resting my hands here on sustained climbs.
I liked it enough that I now really want an iteration of this design with an even more pronounced, ovalized gripping area. This would be amazing for my XC/ downcountry rig on big all-day adventure rides.
We’ve been fans of the SDG grips for years and the Thrice takes the elements we were already fond of and improves on them, adding more comfort and grip. Available in a wide range of colors to match your bike and accessories, my new go-to is the brown, as it looks the best dirty. I’m lazy when it comes to cleaning our bikes and I think it’ll age well overtime considering our wet and mucky winters here in the PNW.