“Make a Grip with the fussiest rider on the Planet, you must be mad!”
Greg’s reputation for knowing exactly what he wants definitely precedes him.
When Greg approached us with the idea of making a grip together, we did think that making a grip from the ground up with probably the fussiest rider on the planet was absolute madness! At the same time we knew that if Greg was going to put his name to something it would have to be perfect. We were up for the challenge!
What Greg wanted was simple. An uncomplicated grip with certain key features that allowed him to focus on the ultimate end goal of going fast. The features were not so simple. Supple, tacky, comfy, soft, vibration damping and long lasting.
The first thing to establish was the main diameter across the grip, after testing lots of different thicknesses we settled on 31.5mm. From this we came up with a very basic prototype. This proved the diameter was correct and we were confident we could use the rubber compound to achieve the long lasting element.
Now with all of this done we had to work on a pattern to give the soft feel but yet enough rubber to give the best vibration damping possible. Greg was straight onto this and knew exactly what he wanted.
It was like he had gone over this part thousands of times in his head already. We produced a 3D printed mould and promptly made another prototype. This was an instant hit with Greg – changes from this were minimal. He knows better than anyone that Pro riders can get really focused on what only they want. Greg urged us to get some feedback from other racers and riders. Both sets of feedback were identical so we knew we were heading in the right direction and promptly made another sample. This prototype ticked all the boxes and from this point we made no further changes to the actual production grip.
The Bartender Pro is available in 8 Colours; Black, Race Red, Deep Blue, Purple Rain, Gum, Electric Yellow, Iron Bro Orange and Nasa Grey.
31.5mm grip diameter.
25A rubber compound.
Single Lock On with tapered core.
RRP is 19.99 and it available through all good bike shops now.