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What Tape / Cork / Wrap Do You Use?

Old 11-24-08, 09:41 PM
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What Tape / Cork / Wrap Do You Use?

Looking to wrap my new bars, but didn't have a lot of luck searching for what people are happiest with. I'm looking for something preferably in Blue.

Any ideas?
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Old 11-24-08, 09:43 PM
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I use Cinelli. Fizik is good too. I've never found tape I don't like though. Depending on the specific color, either Cinelli or Fizik probably has a good match.
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Old 11-24-08, 09:45 PM
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I like Cinelli cork.
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Cinelli Gel Cork.
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Old 11-24-08, 09:46 PM
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This is the stuff I like.



I'm not joking.

I have dark blue on my primary road bike, yellow on my back-up roadie, and white on my commuter.
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Old 11-24-08, 10:13 PM
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If you want maximum grip try Specialized Roubaix.
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I have started using Forte cork from Performance. It is incredibly cheap and doesn't have adhesive backing. This comes in handy if you make a mistake wrapping the bars. You can just unwind it and start over. It also comes in blue.
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5256
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Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
This is the stuff I like.



I'm not joking.

I have dark blue on my primary road bike, yellow on my back-up roadie, and white on my commuter.
What tape is that?
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Old 11-24-08, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by CardiacKid View Post
I have started using Forte cork from Performance. It is incredibly cheap and doesn't have adhesive backing. This comes in handy if you make a mistake wrapping the bars. You can just unwind it and start over. It also comes in blue.
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5256
I have used Cinelli gel cork, Bontrager Gel Cork, and I have a roll of the Performance tape in my box of spare parts. You know what? They are all EXACTLY the SAME tape! The only difference is the plugs that come with them, and the embossed logo, (or lack of logo in the case of Performance).

I recently found Cinelli tape in this really nifty color called "corky". I know it is just a simulated cork look, but it looks fantastic with a dark green frame!
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Old 11-24-08, 10:25 PM
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For blue, you should definitely go with Fi'zik Microtex. Microtex is very light, has good grip, cleans up well, but most importantly-looks great in blue!
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Old 11-24-08, 10:29 PM
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+1 Fizik Microtek, I have that blue on my cross bike.
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Anyone try the Cinelli Jelly tape? looks interesting but i wonder if it's too squishy.

I have Profile Design tape on both of my bikes at the moment. main bike will probably need a re-wrap in the spring.
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Originally Posted by erliuic View Post
What tape is that?
kids....
We used to call it celo tape.
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I like Easton or Prologo bartape. I've got Cinelli cork on one bike, its okay. That Fizik stuff does look very nice.
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Old 11-24-08, 10:38 PM
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Fizik microtex...I originally had bontrager, I personally like the thinner fizik take and the texture of it. Plus it's a hell of a lot easier to clean.
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Originally Posted by Jakedatc View Post
Anyone try the Cinelli Jelly tape? looks interesting but i wonder if it's too squishy.
I've wondered about that myself.
Another interesting tape would be their "Lumen" tape for night-riding:

http://www.cinelli-usa.com/images/lumen_tape.jpg
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Profile Design (not even sure which version, but it's $12 at the LBS) and I like it just fine. It's the only brand I've used though, so take my opinion on this matter with a grain of salt.
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Originally Posted by MONGO! View Post
+1 Fizik Microtek, I have that blue on my cross bike.

Amazon's got that tape for $15. How's that compare to what you pay?
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Ambrosio white tape from PBK. It was $2 and change and is the easiest white tape to clean. Doesn't grip very well, though, so be careful.
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is the Fizik blue tape more of a metallic color?
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not metallic per se, more the difference between glossy and matte.
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Another happy customer with Performance cork tape. I can't tell the difference with it and the Cinelli tape I used to use.
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Whatever I can get on sale from PBK, or Chainlove. Right now, I'm running Deda.
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Originally Posted by redirekib View Post
Amazon's got that tape for $15. How's that compare to what you pay?
Same, give or take. The LBS is cheaper if you factor shipping in.

Originally Posted by spaghettog View Post
is the Fizik blue tape more of a metallic color?
I'd say it was metallic.
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Cinelli cork tape.

I used the Performance house brand Forte cork tape for much of the last season. It's not all that good; it tends to stretch and unravel and just feels cheap and wears fast. The adhesive backing really does serve a purpose.
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