Sensus Lite Grips review

Secure and comfortable key contact point

Components
Sensus Lite Grips Review

The small flange at the end helps you find the outer limits of the grip. The built-in hard plastic end cap improves durability.

What is it

Brainchild of freeride star and company founder Cam Zink, the Sensus Lite grip utilizes the traditional Sensus wave-like pattern with tighter and smaller ribs for less float, while still providing secure grip, hand comfort, and vibration damping. The California-made grips attach via a single lock that’s positioned in board. They also have a hard plastic end-cap that staves off the negative effects of tree swipes and unscheduled get-offs. The rubber itself rises slightly at the end so you know exactly how far out you can position your hands.

Pros
  • Low weight
  • Single in-board lock ring
  • Rubber to grab at end of grip
  • No squirmy feeling
  • Moderate vibration damping
  • Secure grip
  • Variety of color options
  • Rubber strips inside non-locked side prevent twisting
  • Plastic end cap improves longevity
  • Made in California
  • Reasonably priced
  • If they’re good enough for Cam Zink
Sensus Lite Grips Review

Color options include this poppy red, white and blue number.

Cons
  • Plastic end caps not as robust as metal
  • Smaller diameter than some will prefer
  • No ergonomic options
Sensus Lite Grips Review

The Sensus Lite are grips of choice for this dreamy Santa Cruz Hightower dream build.

Mtbr’s Take

Besides being lightweight (45 grams per grip), the Sensus Lite model positions the lock ring inboard, meaning there’s rubber to grab all the way to the end of the grip (125mm long). They also have shorter ribbing that alleviates the squirmy feeling you can get with some other grips. Most important, though, these grips offer great grip and even a measure of vibration damping.

Sensus Lite Grips Review

The lock ring is position inboard.

And that’s what matters most when you’re hurtling yourself through rowdy rock gardens with reckless abandon. For that reason, they’re my grips of choice on this Santa Cruz Hightower dream build bike.

Sensus Lite Grips Review

The wave-like pattern enhances grip and provides a small measure of vibration damping without any squirmy feeling.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Price: $28
More Info: www.thesensus.com

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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  • For vibration damping... says:

    the best grips are revgrips @ revgrips.com

    I’ve been using them for months now and they work fantastic ! :-)

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