Customer Reviews: Nirve Switchblade Cruiser Bicycle Handlebar Grips
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on June 17, 2013
Each of these grips has three parts. There is the silver ring that goes on the handlebar first, then the grip itself, then the bar-end cap. The ring and the cap are both made of PLASTIC even though they're shiny like chrome-plated steel. This is not really a big problem as long as you don't crash the bike and crack them... except that over time your hands will rub against the plastic parts, and they get rained on, etc. and the silver coating rubs off. So eventually you will want to repaint the plastic parts, or replace the grips. To avoid that, as soon as you put them on the bike, wrap the entire shiny section in reflective tape so that you wear out the tape instead of the plastic, and because reflective tape will add some visibility if you ride in the dark. (It doesn't look as "cool" as the silver plastic though.) The grip section has a flame pattern and resembles hard leather, but it is actually a synthetic rubber with a vinyl coating. So over time you might also wear out the brown color on the grip. But that's what happens when you have a manufacturing economy that has given up on quality construction in favor of cheap plastic.

If your handlebars are cluttered you may leave the inner silver ring off. Especially if you have one of those "grab and twist" style gear shifters (like the 3-speed Cannibal bike by Nirve). The plastic ring piece on these takes up quite a bit of space. And if you have big hands (which I do) you might want to consider getting some different grips; these are pretty short.

The good news is that these are the grips that come standard on Nirve's chopper bikes: the Switchblade and the Cannibal. They match the Switchblade saddle. And until the color rubs off, they actually do look a bit like motorcycle hand grips. So they're cool. But they won't last forever, and they are best for people with small hands.
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The handlebar grips look absolutely great and are very comfortable to use. I bought them to put on my beach cruiser, and I also got the matching Nirve Switchblade seat. I really like the way it looks like it's been hand tooled. The design looks like it's almost burned into the leather material. The chrome ends add a perfect finish to the overall product.

I think they look absolutely fantastic on the bike. The end caps screw into the inside of the handlebars to lock themselves in place, so there's no risk of the bar somehow ripping through the end of the grip.

Overall, a great product that is a perfect set of grips for a custom beach cruiser, or any cruiser for that matter!!
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on September 18, 2012
I ordered the matching seat and grips. The seat is very wide but good quality. The only thing chrome on these grips is the color. Cheap plastic that wont stand up to any use. One grip also arrived missing two of the internal grip fastener components. One star for looks. One star for price. They are going back and I am finding something different.
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on May 10, 2011
I used these grips on my cruiser. You will have to put something on the grips before putting them on your bars or you will be struggling to get them on. I have some silicone spray in the garage and used just a little bit of it and they slide on the bars a lot easier. I wiped the excess off and put on the endcaps. They do not move at all now and I hope I never have to try and take them off or they will probably have to be cut off.
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on August 13, 2012
the "chrome" ends are plastic & they are generally a bit chincy value for money is OK but I'll never buy'm again
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on October 24, 2013
The plastic end caps would not stay on really a waste of money don't be baited!!!! DO NOT PURCHASE ITEM!
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on April 2, 2012
I must say, I purchased these grips on a whim for looks alone, based on the photo. They look better than I thought they would, and they are beefy. The photos don't do them justice. I am very happy with them. I'm also going to spare you the details about installing them... It's not rocket surgery
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on December 23, 2012
These are nice to look at but the silver paint or chrome rubbed off within a week. The grips look great and i plan on painting the fadded part. They are durable and have lasted
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on March 2, 2013
These are the original grips that came on my Chopper, so I wanted to get a new pair since I had purchased the bike used and it had some wear to them.
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on January 20, 2013
I would have preferred them to have been metal instead of plastic. If they ever get bumped, they're history. Will not buy again.
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