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Bar tape - anything new out there?

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Old 06-13-18, 02:45 PM
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Bar tape - anything new out there?

I need to change my bar tape after about 10 years and it's plain old black Cinelli cork. Is there anything new out there? I see "silicone" and "gel" mentioned. What about grip patterns - are they of use? I wrap it myself using the "Park Tools" youtube video.
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Old 06-13-18, 03:31 PM
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I've really liked the "PRO" Shimano dual control tape. Wraps easy, feels good, seem to last decently. Pretty cheap on eBay too.

You can find dozens of tape for right around $20, and wrapping does not take too long why not try out a few and see what you like?
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Old 06-13-18, 03:36 PM
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I like the Microsoft bar tape that has a built-in HRM like gym machines and records your stress levels as you ride.
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Old 06-13-18, 04:36 PM
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I bought Supacaz last time because I figured I'd try something new. It was like $40 and totally not worth it. Going back to Cinelli cork next time I re-wrap.
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I'm a fan of the Fizik Superlight tape. Not too thick, great feel if you like to ride barehanded.
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Old 06-13-18, 07:31 PM
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Zipp service course tape is the best tape ever! Well I think it is anyways. And at $20..win win
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So I was on a quest to find "the best" bar tape, tried most of it, until I came across Specialized S-Wrap Roubaix tape, here: https://www.specialized.com/ca/en/s-...-tape/p/133556
Never looked back. Great grip, feels good to the touch, no sweat, soft, cleans easily!
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Another fan of Fizik Superlight tape, Classic Touch, as they say. It's 2 mm thick, which I prefer to 3 mm, and the white is easy to clean and stays white.
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Zipp service course tape is the best tape ever! Well I think it is anyways. And at $20..win win
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Best there is.

They make a patterned CX version and a smooth road version. Both are righteous.


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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.
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I’m a Lizardskins and Supacaz devotée, with no plans to look elsewhere. Both are excellent “at hand,” with maybe the edge going to SupaCaz, particularly when color is important or re-wrap-ability. Also Supacaz metallics are unrivaled!.
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Another vote for Supacaz... nice and sticky, nicely padded and stays CLEAN... omg... CLEAN! I had my LBS order it in for me as they normally push Lizardskin (liked the feel...couldn't be kept clean no matter what). They hated wrapping it... too damn bad. After a couple 1000 km of use, it still looks pristine; told them tonight during the store ride that they might as well start stocking some of it (colours to match what they sell) and keep a chart of all the options to order in. I'm sure their mechanics will figure out the wrapping eventually.
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Used cinelli myself for years, lately have Performance forte Griptec2 and Fabric Knurl on each of my bikes- it’s virtually the same product as far as I can tell except for logos and nicer end plugs for the more expensive Fabric version. I’ll buy whatever one is on sale. Great stuff both-has a nice rubber textured, grippy feel, medium amount of cushion, and holds up well to sweaty hands (on the trainer).
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I love the Cannondale Synapse bar tape: soft, cushy, grippy. I've read that it feels the same as the Specialized Roubaix tape. $20.
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I have Cinelli Gel Cork on my rough-n-tumble bike and Syntace Cork on my normal bike. They're quite similar but I find the Syntace to be just that little bit nicer in all respects, except (possibly) when you want a touch more cushioning.

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Cotton is still superior, best grip wet or dry. If you need padding wear gloves, that's why they're padded.
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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!
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I like Cinelli’s Mike Giant tape.

It is good Cinelli quality and it has cool graphics straight from the studio of artist Mike Giant.

Mike Giant ? Black Book Gallery




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Those who like Lizard Skin and similar tapes should look at the Zipp Service Course (CX or road). It is much less expensive and not tacky. Padding is equal or superior to anything else.


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https://www.cinelli-usa.com/cinelli-...andlebar-tape/

smooth, but slightly tacky.
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I've really liked the "PRO" Shimano dual control tape. Wraps easy, feels good, seem to last decently. Pretty cheap on eBay too.

You can find dozens of tape for right around $20, and wrapping does not take too long why not try out a few and see what you like?
I love the Shimano PRO tape...just wish it was cheaper locally. Bontrager has a similar product almost as good...But either way $20-30USD for some foam tape is just ridiculous.

https://www.coloradocyclist.com/shim...handlebar-tape

Great grip in rain or dry and a decent amount of cushion.
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I love the Shimano PRO tape...just wish it was cheaper locally. Bontrager has a similar product almost as good...But either way $20-30USD for some foam tape is just ridiculous.

https://www.coloradocyclist.com/shim...handlebar-tape

Great grip in rain or dry and a decent amount of cushion.
It's a little cheaper here (and more with 15% coupon too) : https://www.excelsports.com/main.asp...jor=1&minor=32
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It's a little cheaper here (and more with 15% coupon too) : https://www.excelsports.com/main.asp...jor=1&minor=32

Awesome. You, sir, are an enabler. Also a gentleman.
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+1

Best there is.

They make a patterned CX version and a smooth road version. Both are righteous.


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I recently switched from Cinelli Gel Cork to Zipp Service course CX. So far I really love it. Good feel, tacky but not sticky, and just as cushioning as the cinelli gel cork. A bit more expensive, but worth the premium. The finish holds up better, the cinelli tends to "roughen" and "unravel" a bit after several washings (although this was white tape and I was really scrubbing it).
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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.
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