Product Report | ODI Podium Handlebars & V2 Lock-On Grips

ODI Podium Handlebars & V2 Lock-On Half Waffle Grips

ODI Podium Handlebars & V2 Lock-On Grips
APPLICATION: Handlebars – All full size motocross machines | Grips – Any model/size motocross machine
PRICE: Handlebars – $129.95 | Grips – $24.95

Thanks to an ever-expanding line and years of experience in the bicycle industry, ODI is finding a place in the motocross market. Known for the numerous designs, colors, and compounds in their line of grips, they have added the innovative Lock-On fastening system in three options to their expansive selection. Their most recent endeavor comes in motorcycle handlebars, which includes the proprietary CFT crossbar technology.

HITS

- Installing bars are a simple task. Because our Yamaha comes stock with oversized bars, there is no need to switch the mounts to accommodate the bigger diameter. If you’re swapping a pair out with standard 7/8” bars, which are stock on many models, ODI sells the necessary mounts for $39.95.

- We’ve used ODI’s innovative Lock-On grips in the past, including the new EMIG signature model, and we’ve become fans of the quick, clean, and easy installation process. Simply loosen the 3mm Allen on the clamp, slip-on and rotate the pattern to your preference, and tighten the clamp. There is no glue to clean, no wait time for drying, and no movement around the bar.

- The right-side doubles as the throttle tube, and comes complete with two snap-on cams for two stroke and four stroke machines.

Both grips use ODI’s Lock-On fastening system, which eliminates the need for glue or safety wire. The right-side assembly doubles as the throttle tube, and comes complete with two snap-on cams to fit two stroke and four stroke machines.

- One complaint we had about the EMIG grips were their diameter, as the left and right side were the exact same size. For some, the larger left grip was a nuisance, but the V2 Half Waffle is sized similar to standard grips.

- The rubber on the V2 grip is durable and resists ripping in crashes or falls.

- The Podium handlebars appear much like a common 1 1/8” design, but the attached crossbar features a machined aluminum piece that contains an elastomer dampening system. Designed to give the often-rigid 1 1/8” more flex, the end result is somewhat like a tapered handlebar. The flex is felt upon harsh landings and when encountering sharp impacts, such as square-edge bumps or chop.

The Podium handlebars appear much like a common 1 1/8” design, but the attached crossbar features a machined aluminum piece that contains an elastomer dampening system. Designed to give the often-rigid 1 1/8” more flex, the end result is somewhat like a tapered handlebar.

- Built with 2014-T6 alloy the bars are strong and resilient, and the one-piece design allows more flex than a similar but multi-piece 1 1/8” bar.

- Comes in six bends, with seven colored crossbar options.

MISSES

- Be careful when tightening the 3mm Allen on the grip, as we have had some issues in the past with striping out the threads.

- Some riders do not like the stiffer feel of the Podium bar compared to ODI’s first release, an effect of the materials used. If you prefer flex, check out the original ODI CFT.

- At $25 a pair, the Lock-On grips are roughly double the cost of standard glue-on grips. However, they do not require glue or safety wire, and come with a new throttle tube.

We installed the ODI Podium bars and V2 Lock-On grips in a matter of minutes while chatting with ODI’s Kevin Stevens. As soon as the grips were on and the levers placed, we rode onto the track.

WHAT WE THINK

Although numerous brands fill the handlebar market, only a few earn the bulk of sales. To carve a place on the sales floor, a company needs to have an innovative and useful product, built with quality materials. ODI’s Podium bars and V2 Lock-On grips fill these requirements and could soon rival the sport’s iconic names in terms of sales.

For more information, visit odigrips.com