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What's the best handlebar tape?

Old 12-05-06, 11:16 PM
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What's the best handlebar tape?

What's the best handlebar "tape"? The stuff that was on my bike (bontrager tape) came off pretty quickly. What's the best stuff? Does material choice make a diff?
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electrical tape or hockey tape
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The cheapest one.
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The plain Cinelli cork tape (not the gel) works well for me. Kind of dificult to clean, but its still good stuff.

However, for my fixie that I'm always changing the brake set-up/bars on, I use sliced open innertube a polished with a ton of Armoral, because I can take it on and off really easily and fast. Looks suprisingly decent (you wouldn't know its innertube, just a straight shiny black), and it's very cheap. Makes your hands smell like Armorall though.
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Originally Posted by shakeNbake
The cheapest one.
I disagree. The tape I had on there came undone pretty easily (came w/the new bike) and putting on new tape's gonna be a pain in the butt. If I have to do it often it's not worth saving $10-20.
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I like the Deda. About $10.00, Available in lots of colors and stretches well. It will rip if you try to remove it after it's been on the bars for a while.
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Scotch tape!

(Second choice would be the Deda stuff. )
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Is it actually possible to save $20 on bar tape? Other than Brooks leather tape, what costs that much?

I've had good results from cheap Nashbar cork tape. Cinelli is good too.
I liked the Bontrager gel tape when I first put it on, but it wore out quicker than anything else I've used.
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I know it sounds OCP, but I have become VERY fond of the synthetic carbon fiber looking tape. I get it from NAshbar or Performance, etc. for like $6 on sale. The stuff wears like iron, and is super easy to clean. Especially if you wrap it nice and tight to keep moisture from getting underneath and the edges curling up.

I've had it on all my bikes for over two years now, and the stuff still looks new (black cf tape), with no special treatment or extra cleaning. Just wash it off when I wash my bike.
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I use the stuff made for tennis racquets. There are many different companies and types to choose from. Such companies make way better stuff, then anything you can buy that is marketed for bikes.

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this Stella Azzurra Eleganza bar tape is some of the best i've ever used super comfort and lots of good colors

https://www.pricepoint.com/detail/135...c=2&zmap=13574
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I like the Fizik Microtex tape. It feels so grippy.
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whichever one that fits best.
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Originally Posted by Mach42
I like the Fizik Microtex tape. It feels so grippy.
+1 but I like the colors over the black, the colors are smooth and feel great, the black has a little texture.
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I really like the Salsa Goma tape. It doesn't stretch like some of the other foam stuff and it seems to stay a bit tacky when wet so it works well if you sweat a lot (like me) or ride in the rain.
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Originally Posted by jimbud
I like the Deda. About $10.00, Available in lots of colors and stretches well. It will rip if you try to remove it after it's been on the bars for a while.
+1 - I tried 5 different brands and Deda is by far the sturdiest and best looking bar tape.
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Deda and Fizik are both excellent.
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I'll throw out that I've been using and liking Specalized S-Wrap for the last year and I've been happy with it. Easily re-wrapable (is that even a word?) if you screw up half way through a wrap job (done this often can you tell?) and feels good under dry or wet conditions. I did manage to get a few rips on the tape on the Gazelle recently, cause unknown.
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I like the Deda stuff as well. It's inexpensive and works well.
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Originally Posted by NJWheelBuilder
I like the Deda stuff as well. It's inexpensive and works well.
Where do you all buy your Deda tape? I have Deda bars and have seen all of your Deda recommendations, but I don't think my local shop carries Deda.
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I really like my Fizik Microtex. I might try the Stella Azzurra tape next time, though.
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I cast another vote for the Fizik. I've used the Deda and Cinelli and I like the Fizik much better.
It feels more durable, slightly thinner and I like the colors.
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OK, so looks like Deda's getting a lot of votes (with Fizik in second). Where does everyone buy the deda? Are there diff. types od deda tape? corked/non-corked? Which one is best?
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