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Bar tape - anything new out there?

Old 06-14-18, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Zaskar View Post
Tip for you guys with big hands: Double wrap the drops. (this assumes a flat/ergo/aero top section... 'cause that part's already comfortable)

Wrap the bar (from the bottom, of course) in the standard direction, to the hood... Cut and tape the bar tape at the hood. Now, wrap the bar as usual - standard direction - finishing as usual.
Hmm, had never thought of that...thanks!
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Old 06-15-18, 02:03 AM
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For fans of Zipp Service Course CX, it's also available as BBB FlexRibbon, VP Components VPT-3307, Trivio Super Grip and likely other generic brand tape producers. You get the same tape without embossed logos and for even less money.
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Old 06-15-18, 02:17 AM
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Originally Posted by kbarch View Post
As long as you're not looking for padding or a coarse grip, it's hard to beat Deda "Carbon," which comes in black, white, gold and silver. Looks, feel, durability and ability to stay clean are exceptional, and it's less than $10!
It has the perfect construction to allow top-down wrapping too; when wrapped tight the edge really bites in and won't curl.

It's a bit slippy when wet under bare hands though.

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Those "carbon" tapes are also sold by numerous brands, and can be found in lots of colours. Trivio markets red and celeste in addition to the four Deda colours for example.
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Old 06-17-18, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Kimmo View Post
It's [Deda Carbon] a bit slippy when wet under bare hands though.
I was going to say that it feels cheap to me, and that hardness of texture is probably why it's slippery when wet. I bought some mail order, in both gold and silver, and never used them once I actually had a chance to touch it.
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Old 06-17-18, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
For fans of Zipp Service Course CX, it's also available as BBB FlexRibbon, VP Components VPT-3307, Trivio Super Grip and likely other generic brand tape producers. You get the same tape without embossed logos and for even less money.
That gets to the OP's question about texture for grip: is it helpful?

I tend to think it is, in almost every condition, although probably less so for gloved hands. I think the extra textural elements give a richer feel at hand, too, particularly when compared to something like a smooth PU bar tape.

All else being equal, I'd always choose textured tape over smooth.
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Old 06-17-18, 02:22 PM
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Not sure if there was a misunderstanding here - the alternatives to Zipp that I listed are all textured (it is pretty much the exact same tape), they just don’t have any logos embossed unlike Zipp.
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Old 06-17-18, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
Not sure if there was a misunderstanding here - the alternatives to Zipp that I listed are all textured (it is pretty much the exact same tape), they just don’t have any logos embossed unlike Zipp.
Oh, I looked on the Zipp website which linked to a pdf with an image of the tape which was smooth other than the embossed logo. Excel Sports' site also pictures the Service Course tape as smooth aside from the logo:



https://www.excelsports.com/main.asp...jor=1&minor=32
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Old 06-17-18, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
Zipp service course tape is the best tape ever! Well I think it is anyways. And at $20..win win
Agreed, Was having my groupset upgraded at the LBS. Told them I wanted Lizard Skin... Dude said try Zipp, its cheaper. I did and I love it!
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Old 06-17-18, 09:01 PM
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This is the Zipp tape I have. Textured by logo??? Anyway with gloves on its hard to tell any difference.
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Old 06-17-18, 09:45 PM
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Zipp has in in road and CX model of the service tape. Road is smooth, CX is textured like the lizard skins stuff. Both are super good but I like the grippyness of the CX version. Used both and they arr both very very good.
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Old 06-18-18, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Oh, I looked on the Zipp website which linked to a pdf with an image of the tape which was smooth other than the embossed logo. Excel Sports' site also pictures the Service Course tape as smooth aside from the logo:

https://www.excelsports.com/assets/gallery/107306-2.jpg

https://www.excelsports.com/main.asp?page=8&description=Service+Course+Handlebar+Tape&vendorCode=ZIPP&major=1&minor=32
As sdmc530 pointed out, Zipp makes two versions of the tape: Service Course and Service Course CX. The CX version is textured.

BTW, the regular Service Course appears to be the same as Cinelli Volee (and Cinelli 3D Volee is the same as Zipp Servise Course CX). I'm guessing there is one factory that makes all these tapes, various brands just order them with different logos.
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Old 06-18-18, 11:05 AM
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I prefer the CX texture as well, helpful for sweaty gloveless or rainy grip even with gloves
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Old 06-18-18, 12:17 PM
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I actually like the Bontrager Gel Cork tape. It's not the lightest tape, but it has decent grip while wet and wears really well - better than the Cinelli cork stuff that I used for years. Fun designs, too: https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/e...de=white_black
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Originally Posted by BigPoser View Post
I've found that Supacaz is the best I've used, and I've tried a lot of tape. I've also put a lot of people on it and they also love it. It's on the pricey side, but amazing grip, nice a think, and doesn't wear like most of the other tape out there.
"nice and thick"... compared to what? I just put it on to replace some worn Bontrager Gel Cork, the Supercaz is harder to wrap and nowhere as thick. In fact I'd never use the word "thick" to describe Supercaz. Can't wait to take that stuff off.
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Old 06-19-18, 01:17 AM
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Fizik microtex

Nice, comfortable and weather resistant! Nice suede like texture isn't slippery with sweaty hands.
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Old 06-19-18, 08:34 AM
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Lizard Skins here. I love the tackiness because I sweat profusely when riding. With the Lizard Skins I never worry about my hands slipping on the bar.
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Originally Posted by Fiery View Post

BTW, the regular Service Course appears to be the same as Cinelli Volee (and Cinelli 3D Volee is the same as Zipp Servise Course CX).
Now I understand why the Zipp tape is so popular. I have the Cinelli version of the tape, and absolutely love it.
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Old 06-19-18, 09:14 AM
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Or you can go silly expensive and matchup through Busyman Bicycles hand tooled leather saddles and bar tape. I have to admit to True ego and consumerism and say that I just bought some tape from mick with offset dots that match my frame colors.
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