Photos & Words By: Chris Gaeta Overview
The birth of the Deathgrip came from Brendan Fairclough's desire to have a grip for both trail riding and DH. Something where he can easily just switch the grips to the other bike and still have it be applicable despite the difference between the two disciplines. With that vision, out came the DMR Deathgrip - a multi-textured and multi-compound grip available in a thick or thin diameter. Many features set this grip apart from the others. With that said, let's dive in.
- Thick or Thin Diameters
- Hard or Soft Rubber Compounds
- Super Soft "Race Day" Compound"
- Colors: Black, Grey, Red, Blue, Yellow, Gum, Tango, and Pink
- Unique "Marble" Colors: Snow Camo, Camo, Marble Red, Miami, Marble Pink
- Flange or Flangless Options
Thick or Thin?
The Deathgrip comes in many configurations, such as, thin or thick diameters and soft or hard rubber compounds. When choosing between the thin or thick diameters riders will be choosing between a 29.8mm or 31.3mm diameter. Some may say that this is splitting hairs, but it's a noticable difference when holding them side-by-side. The thicker diameter isn't necessarily for those with bigger hands, as I opted for it and found that there was a little more dampening vs the thin versions.
Soft or Hard?The options for rubber compounds are displayed as Soft and Hard compounds. These refer to the rubber's durometer and how soft/tacky it is. The soft version has a durometer of 20A for all colors (except the Gum option) and the Hard version has a durometer of 25A. Just like choosing tire compounds, the lower the durometer ID the tackier the rubber is. This will increase grip, but reduce life expectancy as it wears down quicker than a harder rubber durometer. The difference between these two durometers is a little less noticable when holding the grips side-by-side, but grabbing and pulling on the inner flange is a great way to tell the difference. Once on the trail, the difference is more noticable. The hard version may cause a little more slippage when your hand is sweaty, whereas, the soft maintains a lot of grip in similar conditions and allows you to have the option of riding with or without gloves. I prefer the soft for this reason , as I like to wear gloves on the trail, but then ride barehanded when I go to the jump park. If I start to lose grip I just grab a little dirt - rub my hands- and it all comes back.
The DMR Deathgrip has to be, in my opinion, one of the best grips for the price. I've had the pleasure of using this grip for the last four seasons and have only had to replace them after the first two. With the various configurations and the price point a mere $25, testing out different options to see which I prefer has been easy and inexpensive. Regardless of your riding style or background, the Deathgrip has the adaptability to perform well on just about any bike you ride.