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    timberline12k timberline12k's Avatar
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    Who makes the best Gel Cork Handlebar tape?

    Since most people can afford the best handlebar tape, what would you recommend for touring? I donít really see a lot of reviews on handlebar tape.

    Two that appear to be comfortable are:

    Salsa Gel Cork
    Bontrager Gel Cork
    David
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    It's true, man.
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    Soma Thick 'n' Zesty (Really should be a Salsa brand)

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    I use specialized bar phat with the full gel pads underneathe. For $20, pretty good.

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    I like the Cinelli gel cork. I used to go for the standard (non-gel) version but recently realized that the gel one doesn't have the super-sticky adhesive strip, but rather a removable tacky one - so it's much easier to rewrap if you need to do that. You can also stretch it a bit while putting it on the bar, to make it smooth around the bends. I don't know if it's the best or most durable out there, but it is comfy and feels nice on the hands.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=cinelli+gel+cork

    I have also successfully double wrapped it on the top portion of the drop bars - this makes the bars thicker and perhaps less likely to cause ulnar nerve damage.

    Neil

    p.s. I also like the 3M Scotch Super 88 Vinyl Electrical Tape for finishing the bar wrap:

    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/revie...hread_id=76821
    Last edited by NeilGunton; 09-03-10 at 10:41 AM.

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    Cinelli.
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    Personally love the Cinelli gel cork tape as well. About $20.
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...ls.php?id=5052

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    I've been happy with the feel and longevity of the Bontrager Gel Cork. I have small hands, so I like the Bontrager bar/tape combination I have as the total width is on the narrow side. Don't really like thick bars or double tape.

    Also easy to re-wrap and stretches well around the bends.

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    I just put some nashbar tape on with some gel pads underneath. Though not cork, it was easy to put on & with the pads it works well for me

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    yip hard to beat cinelli

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    I have large hands (XL gloves), so I put gel pads on, then wrap with one layer of whatever is handy, then wrap over that with Cinelli Gel Crok tape. Makes it fat enough for my big mits!

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    Looks like Cinelli Gel Cork handle bar tape is pretty popular. That is what my local bike shop stocks as well.

    I just ordered my bike build kit and included Cinelli Gel Cork for my selection.
    David
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