FunGuy has remained on my bike since fitting them a few months ago. Which says it all, really.
Editor’s Choice 2020
The classic mushroom pattern has featured on some of the best BMX and mountain bike grips since the ‘80s, and Fabric’s FunGuy is the latest to join that list. Great value, colourful and with the perfect blend of thickness for cushioning and slimness for feel.
Fabric has a couple of grips with names that reference the humble mushroom: the Fabric Magic, and this, the new Fabric FunGuy.
Why mushroom? Well, both grips use thin, collapsible ribs, resembling mushroom gills, running around the circumference to provide a level of cushioning. The concept was developed on BMXs during the ‘80s, and enjoyed a resurgence a decade later when the great John Tomac brought out his signature ODI Tomac Attack grip. Much as I loved the original Tomac Attack grip, I wasn’t impressed with the Magic when I tested it last year, finding it too long, with a bulge in the wrong place. But the new FunGuy is a completely different proposition. It runs a more conventional length with a uniform pattern and diameter running from clamp to end cap. The top three-quarters of the grip uses the mushroom pattern, and this provides just the right amount of cushioning for your palm, without feeling too fat and clumsy. Underneath, there’s a honeycomb design with two rows of raised hexagonal dimples that give your fingers and thumb something to latch onto. The result is decent comfort and isolation from bumps, but a firm, secure grip. Unlike the Magic grip, which was removed after my first ride, the Fabric FunGuy has remained on my bike since fitting them a few months ago, and I don’t have plans to take them off anytime soon. Which says it all, really.