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Old 04-07-09, 09:28 PM
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Fizik Tape Users

Have you tried anything better? I love this stuff and want to know if Fizik users have leapt onto something different. I'm always trying to find better stuff.
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I tried Stella Azura a few weeks ago, one of my team mates wrapped it and messed up so I went to rewrap it and it tore. I'm pretty satisfied with fizik I don't plan on trying anything else again.
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Old 04-07-09, 09:34 PM
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I've had my fizik on since last summer, still holding up great.
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
I tried Stella Azura a few weeks ago, one of my team mates wrapped it and messed up so I went to rewrap it and it tore. I'm pretty satisfied with fizik I don't plan on trying anything else again.
I used the Pave stuff for my MTB rig, it was comfy and all, but messy as Hell. When I took it off, the adhesive and hlaf the tape stuck to the handlebars. I had to shuck it off with a razor.
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Old 04-07-09, 09:56 PM
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Fizik is the best IMO. The regular white tape is on all of our CX and road bikes. It cleans up great and is durable. Don't EVER use the "soft touch" or whatever that call that crap.... trust me.

Only downside is that it's quite heavy. Cinelli cork tape weighs about half the same amount as Fizik. Worth it though.
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Old 04-07-09, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by briscoelab View Post
Fizik is the best IMO. The regular white tape is on all of our CX and road bikes. It cleans up great and is durable. Don't EVER use the "soft touch" or whatever that call that crap.... trust me.

Only downside is that it's quite heavy. Cinelli cork tape weighs about half the same amount as Fizik. Worth it though.
I really liked the black soft touch I had last year, though I'm on the regular Microtex white now. Is the soft touch white harder to clean?

and who weighs their bar tape?
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I've actually never worn out fizik i just change it to keep things interesting.
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Old 04-07-09, 10:10 PM
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went from fizik to the cheap performance stuff when i crashed. it's not better, but i don't care b/c it costs $5
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i've had the regular white fizik tape on my old bike for a year and it's been great.

my new build would look way better with black tape, but i don't think fizik makes black tape in anything other than "soft touch" which i found terrible. am i missing something? anyone have black in non soft touch?
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Old 04-07-09, 10:19 PM
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The white soft touch should be outlawed. It is terrible to clean.
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I'm digging the bar phat by Specialized. Came with my saddle so I thought I'd give it a shot. Love it in white, but it's grey now.
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You may want to try Specialized Rubaix, it's tough and grippy (comes in white too )
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I tried a few random ones but once I found Fizik I decided it was perfect and that's all I've ever used since.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
I tried a few random ones but once I found Fizik I decided it was perfect and that's all I've ever used since.
Pretty much what I've found. I like Deda tape too though.

I'm basically looking for a white tape without too much padding that cleans well and looks good. It looks like Fizik is the only way to go.
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I have Fizik on my fixer. Its nice.

I actually REALLY like bontrager tape. But alas, our team tape is Deda. Which is very durable and holds up great to washing, but its not very cushy.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
I'm basically looking for a white tape without too much padding that cleans well and looks good. It looks like Fizik is the only way to go.
You're describing Fizik Microtex to a T.
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Old 04-07-09, 11:23 PM
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I like my pink Fizik tape. I get lots of compliments too.
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I have used the black version, which I assume was the "soft touch" finish. It was fairly nice until I had to re-wrap my bars. The stuff tore in places and the edges of the tape didn't lay flat after I re-wrapped. It looked terrible after that and would catch on my gloves if I slid them across the tape.

I am pretty happy with the non-adhesive Specialized tape I bought last time. It's about as cushy as I would want, doesn't leave adhesive on my bars, and can be re-wrapped very easily. It was actually cheaper at my LBS than the Fizik tape, too.
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The soft touch is fuzzy. Personally I don't like how it feels, even the black is hard to keep clean, and like you said it's hard to rewrap.
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I hate the soft touch.

I love the microtex.
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Originally Posted by spinerguy View Post
You may want to try Specialized Rubaix, it's tough and grippy (comes in white too )
I recently switched to this after a few years using Fizik. The Roubaix is the polar opposite of Microtex, but I really like it. Fizik is still awesome, though.
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I used Stella Azura Eleganza for that perforated, leather tennis racket grip look. Used about 4 rolls in a couple of years because in red it looked like crap after 2-3 weeks. Turned black-ish where the gloves sit.

Decided I wanted Celeste Green accents so I switched to Fizik Microtex in that color. It is, of course, much lighter and less pigmenty than the red I was using, so I assumed I'd have major black grippy problems. I even bought two boxes at the same time since I knew I'd be changing it out soon. That was in July 08 and it looks today like it did when I bought it. Actually, I changed out the bars last month and decided to reuse the tape, even though I had another roll sitting there, because it looked and felt perfect! And I ride all winter.

Executive Summary: Can't beat the stuff.
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The only tape I've found that is better than the Fizik Microtex is Ambrosia Elegant Stitch tape... excellent grip, super comfortable and looks amazing. A b*tch to find though...
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Fizik Microtex is great, no complaints thus far. The only thing is that it's a bit tougher to wrap but not so much so that it puts me off to it. I like the feel of it and it lasts.
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Old 04-08-09, 08:22 AM
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Microtex is awesome. Mine looks like the day I put it on (save for a few scuffs from falls).

My only complaint is that it's a little hard to wrap. My first time using it (the tape that's still on there) I ended up with some ridges and such. Just didn't conform very well in places.
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