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Old 06-09-05, 07:14 PM
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bar tape suggestions needed....

I'm looking for some new handlebar tape. I've used cork for a long time (Cinelli and cheaper), but recently tried Fizik's tape. I really like the perforated "leather" feel of the tape, but hated the adhesive backing and the fact that the tape didn't stretch at all. I also don't like how cork tape seems to get slippery as it gets wet--either from sweat or from raid. I was able to ride the Fizik tape fairly comfortably without gloves on, but couldn't get it to stretch out/settle in the corners at all, and when I tried to re-wrap a little bit the adhesive tore off and tore up the bar tape as well. Does anyone have any recomendations as to what else I should try? I've been thinking about trying the Stella Azzurra Eleganza tape, as that looks like it may be what I'm after--does anyone know if this stuff has adhesive on the back? Any other recommendations? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-09-05, 07:22 PM
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I just put some Bontrager Gel tape on my Allez. It has a nice feel to it and is washable. It stretches quite a bit too for a good tight wind. Not much for stickiness on the back though. hardly any tackiness to it at all ... other than the name that is.
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Old 06-09-05, 07:27 PM
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I have zipp bar tape on my roadies. It's pretty good, gets kind of tacky when you sweat.
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I've been using the Easton synthetic cork bartape. It's relatively cheap and seems to work fairly well. It doesn't get too slippery when wet but it's not nearly as grippy as perforated tapes. It's fairly easy to rewrap. However, it doesn't offer much in the form of padding compared to gel tapes but then again I don't ride without gloves. I think the tape might actually be produced by Cinelli but I'm not sure.
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I have used this on two of my bikes now, and I am coming to really like it. It is the synthetic carbon fiber looking tape. You can get it from Supergo, Performance, and other major retailers. I have silver cf tape on my wifes bike, and she likes it too. The texture of it gives adequate grip when in the rain, which we get lots of here in Washington.

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...egory_ID=5256#
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try duct tape it will make the bars stronger as well.. Really!
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I'm pretty sure I have Profile tape on my Bianchi. It has no adhesive, so it can be rewrapped at will. I haven't had any issues with it coming undone, but I'm pretty OCD about my bar taping.
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i picked up a pack of the weyless "carbon" tape for $5 in the performance clearance bin. i like the gel, and the backing isnt adhesive per se, but it is somewhat tacky so it doesnt shift around.
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Yes, the gel type. I have the same. Comfy stuff. Stretches real good too.
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I like Eleganza. Don't have it on my bike, but the LBS has a rod wrapped with various bar tapes (great idea, isn't it?) and the Eleganza feels great. Plus it looks the best out of all of 'em.
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i just put in some eleganza om my almost finished project. white perforated, super comfy.
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Originally Posted by el twe
I like Eleganza. Don't have it on my bike, but the LBS has a rod wrapped with various bar tapes (great idea, isn't it?) and the Eleganza feels great. Plus it looks the best out of all of 'em.
Yeah, love that stuff. I'm using profile design stuff right now though. Nice and cushy, no ahesive, and is really easy to put on (wrapped my bar myself for the first time).
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce
i just put in some eleganza om my almost finished project. white perforated, super comfy.

Does the eleganza have an adhesive backing? When I see it advertised they always seem to be advertising the stitching in it to prevent slippage--seems like it wouldn't have adhesive if this is the case, but for all I know its just marketing....
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I really like the Fizik gel, but as much as I like the gel, I hate the tape. A total waste in my book! I do like Profile Designs tape though.. No adhesive, but streches really nicely and stays put.
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius
I just put some Bontrager Gel tape on my Allez. It has a nice feel to it and is washable. It stretches quite a bit too for a good tight wind. Not much for stickiness on the back though. hardly any tackiness to it at all ... other than the name that is.
I'll second that. I thought the 'gel' would be gimmicky at first but now I really like it. And yes there is no annoying sticky side to it.
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I've been very happy with Nashbar's cork tape. It has an adhesive strip, but it goes on nicely, looks and feels good, doesn't get slippery (unlike Profile Design's) and seems to last well. And best of all it can be had for about $7 when using one of the frequent 20% off codes.
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I use yellow Hockey Tape: https://www.hockeygiant.com/colhoctap.html Very inexpensive if you can find it locally since you don't have to pay shipping. You can wrap at least 3 handlebars with one roll for under $4. I double wrap mine for some cushion. I also like hockey tape because it comes in a lot more colors than cork tape. The yellow cork tape didn't match my yellow saddle or tires but the hockey tape did almost perfectly.
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