A while back, I asked about getting some non-padded, cloth bar tape. You guys told me where to find it and someone suggested that if I put it on, I should post a couple of pictures, so here goes:
This picture (above) is the old setup with the fake cork wrap.
These last two show the difference, which is small, in how it looks. It's a little less bulky, which looks nice.
I can say, after taking a ride with it today, that I had no trouble riding without the cushion or shock absorption, and felt like I had a much stronger grip on the bars. It's a lot less slippery than the cork and since the bars aren't as thick around, I felt like I could grip it a lot better.
By the way, the tape is Velox Tressostar. I got it at my LBS for five bucks. Highly recommended.