Building on their 35 years of grip development expertise, WTB just announced a refreshed range of four new grip models. The WTB Trace, CZ Control, Wavelength, and Burr each a feature unique set of features to fit different riders, but they all share the same soft anti-slip rubber, single inboard clamp, easy-to-access 3mm hex key adjustment, and tapered inner sleeve that eliminates unwanted rotation or twisting at the outboard end.
According to WTB’s extensive field research, their results showed that most riders fit into three major categories for grip preference: Cushion, Minimal, and Balanced. In their words, “Cushion grips focus on the damping of bumps and trail chatter. Minimal grips maximize bar feel and control, giving the user a more direct connection to their bike. Balanced grips blend features of both Cushion and Minimal.” See a quick overview of all four models with descriptions from WTB below.
As part of the Cushion category (for riders looking for softness and vibration damping), the Trace grip provides a plush feel on rough and jarring terrain due to the unique pattern on top. This is accomplished by the ample space between the trapezoidal blocks that allows them room to squish and conform. The Trace’s soft compound rebounds slowly to provide additional damping and increase comfort between the rider and their handlebars. These are ideal for riders who want soft grips that absorb trail chatter and reduce hand numbness. They feature tall and flexible cushioning blocks that lay over the top ¾ of the surface, light fingertip knurling and large ribs on the underside to increase bar feel, and have a 32mm diameter that allows for more rubber to absorb vibration.
In the Balance category (for riders looking for a blend of comfort, vibration damping, and control), the Wavelength features multi-directional fins that improve handlebar control while also providing comfort on rough terrain. WTB utilized pressure mapping technology to precisely angle the direction of the fins to counter the forces acting on them. The underside of the grip features a waffle pattern for increased bite where the fingers naturally wrap around the bar. The tapered 30/32mm grip diameter increases control in technical terrain.
WTB CZ Control
Also in the Balance category, the CZ Control is unique in its semi-ergonomic shape. WTB evaluated all the grips in this category and found one key element was missing: control. They used pressure mapping to determine where pressure is distributed on the grips and increased support in those areas to improve comfort and reduce numbness while still conforming to the natural shape of the hand. This results in a grip that provides greater control over your bike, giving you more confidence in technical terrain, and reducing hand numbness.
In the Minimal category (for riders looking to maximize bar feel and control with a more direct connection to the bike), the Burr features a low-profile design that provides riders with the most direct connection to their handlebar. Whether you are hanging on under full compression or yanking upwards to clear a root, the bi-directional texture provides the grip you need to keep everything under control. It has a thin 30mm diameter to enhance trail feedback.
All four new grip models are priced at $29.95 and are available now in black or tan. Head over to your local retailer or visit WTB.com to learn more or buy a set.
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