Why Grips? The Creation of ESI MTB Grips
“While working in Aerospace I ran across a material on an application that I was working on. It was perfect. It was non-porous and withstood severe temperatures and climates. Any condition you would throw at it wouldn't affect it. Best of all, you got extreme shock absorption. I had to have that on my bars. So began my next mission to design the perfect mountain bike grip made of 100% Silicone!
I had no idea that there were so many racers/riders that had the same issues with grips that I did (other grips were hard, uncomfortable, spinning, heavy, deteriorating, etc.). Who would have thought that the simple concept of lightweight, shock absorbing grips with no glues (along with the idea that logos at the end of your bar and tread patterns on your tires - not on your grips) would be accepted by racers/riders across the world!” - Gary
Thus in 2003 ESI Grips was born.
Road Grips? The Creation of Unwrapped
As soon as the word spread about our MTB Grips, riders soon began requesting the same benefits for their road bikes.
“ESI Road Grips were created because of the constant requests by racers that use ESI MTB grips. Many MTB riders cross train on road bikes and would continually ask me to come out with road grips. I believe you can’t make a superior product unless you actually use that product; so I went out and got myself a road bike. After a year of testing not only did I come out with superior road grips, but I love cross training on my road bike. Thanks to my friend Terry Martin I am now doing Triathlons when I am not racing Mountain Bikes.” - Gary
“Unwrapped”refuse to be unraveled! The name describes the grips. These grips do not unravel, soak up sweat or get stinky. They are washable and shock absorbing.These grips are great for: Road / Cyclocross / TT bars / Aero Bars / Bull Horn Bars / etc.
Road Wrap? The Creation of RCT Wrap
While some riders loved the solid piece model of our Unwrapped ESI Grips, installation was quite difficult. Thus was the creation of our very own, unique 100% Silicone Wrap. Our RCT Wrap was thoroughly designed to yield some very unique traits. This “wrap” is glue/adhesive free. Since Silicone is naturally tacky, the silicone stays wrapped extremely well without nasty glues that stick to your bars long after your tape is gone. This wrap can be cleaned, laid out and rewrapped on the opposing side; offering a 2nd life out of your grips! With special patent pending opposing bevels (Patent No. D730,146), our wrap offers a seamless finish. Since silicone is so durable, you can pull our wrap tightly for a thinner wrap, or lay it thicker for more cushion. Our incredible finishing tape is also 100% silicone and glue/adhesive free!
What’s that Finishing Tape? The Creation of ESI Grips Silicone Tape
It didn’t take riders long to notice the unique sturdy tape that was coming with their RCT Wrap. Soon, ESI Grips would partner with a long-time supplier to bring this Silicone Tape to the cycling industry. This silicone tape only sticks to itself or other silicone, it is military grade, and comes in a full line of colors. It’s uses are endless on and off your bike!
A Perfect Fit: The Creation of FIT Grips
Our latest invention! FIT Grips were created by Gary because he wanted an ergonomic shaped grip for a more natural feel. This grip is completely unique in it's design and manufacturing.
"I always wanted my thumbs to be rotated forward into the handlebar and my hand canted down towards the stem of the bike; this just seemed to be the more natural hand position for me. After I talked to other riders, they seemed to feel the same way. FIT Grips give you that natural holding position and you receive incredible handlebar and braking control from them!" -Gary
This product is patent pending