Sticky grips from the Aussie superstar’s signature range.
Sam Hill needs no introduction. The Antipodean ripper has been a household name for well over a decade and has deftly turned his hand to any form of racing. Currently racing (and winning) EWS for the Chain Reaction Cycles team, his long time sponsor Nukeproof has now provided him with a full range of signature parts. The Nukeproof Sam Hill Series grip can be found alongside saddles, bars, stems, seatposts and pedals.
Diamonds are forever
Let’s get to nitty gritty, these are properly grippy grips. Sam has opted for a diamond knurl pattern for the main part of the grip (similar to the excellent Renthal Ultra Tacky). This is also backed up with a half-waffle section on the underside, for improved grip in really crappy weather. This gives your fingers something to really curl around and the raised sections almost lock your fingers in place. Combine this with a super soft rubber compound and it can often feel like the grip wants to rip your skin off, such is the holding ability.
Tried and tested dimensions
The design keeps to a pretty standard formula of length (136mm) and diameter (31.5mm) that works well with my medium sized hands without taking up too much space on the handlebar. I would have preferred a slight flange or raised section at the ends to let me know when I was at the end of the grip, but this is a personal preference.
The Sam Hill personalized alloy locking collars still use the smaller 2.5mm hardwear as opposed to the increasingly popular 3mm. However, I had no real issues with getting the bolts tight enough to keep the grip in place, but a couple of times it felt like the hex key was gouging the bolt out a tad.
The really good news is compared to some of the really tacky grips on the market; durability of the Sam Hill grip has been excellent so far. They are starting to show a little wear (after three months) but nothing that could compromise the performance.
It's obvious Sam Hill knows what works when you look at these grips. Great design and properly soft rubber makes them work for any terrain or weather condition.