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    Best bar tape?

    Which has been the lightest, most comfortable, most shock absorbing tape for you?

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    Deda is pretty light and fairly comfortable but there are a slew of ones that are just as good IMO, its all a matter of what's cheapest, if you want more cushion either use gel pads or wrap them twice (cheaper).

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    I've never considered the weight of my bar tape; wheels yes, tape no.

    Fizik tape is very comfortable, lasted a long time, looks great. Cinelli/Forte is just OK; the edges don't lay flat. Specialized is very stretchy; with gel pads its really nice.

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    I like Deda & Fizik. IMO the Fizik is better. It as a suede like feel that's grippy even in the rain. Deda is nice, but short. You have to be careful wrapping or you'll run out of tape. Even so, you won't have an extra 3". It's good at shock absorbing, looks nice, but it's not nearly as grippy as the Fizik. Cinelli used to be good, but in the past few years it's IMO it's not nearly as good as it used to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kytyree
    Deda is pretty light and fairly comfortable but there are a slew of ones that are just as good IMO, its all a matter of what's cheapest, if you want more cushion either use gel pads or wrap them twice (cheaper).

    I used to double wrap with Deda tape but recently splurged on Fizik tape with the gel pads. I've been pleasantly surprised by the comfort, the looks and durability of it.

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    What about good ol (cheap) Bike Ribbon Cork Plus ?

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    I've got the fizik dual layer tape with the sticky padding on the drop. It's the only griptape I'll ever trust again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Versatile
    I like Deda & Fizik. IMO the Fizik is better. It as a suede like feel that's grippy even in the rain. Deda is nice, but short. You have to be careful wrapping or you'll run out of tape. Even so, you won't have an extra 3". It's good at shock absorbing, looks nice, but it's not nearly as grippy as the Fizik. Cinelli used to be good, but in the past few years it's IMO it's not nearly as good as it used to be.
    Well said. Deda and Fizik seem to be tops in bar tape right now.

    And I don't know wtf happened to Cinelli. They used to be the best.
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    After years of using Deda, Fizik, Cinelli and a lot of other stuff, I have recently found that I love Specialized Roubaix tape. It wraps fairly thick, is spongy and feels like tennis racket tape - the fuzzy kind, not the smooth leathery type.

    I love it!

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    I like the Bontrager Grippy tape. Not to thick not to thin. I was able to remove it and reuse it when i replaced a brake cable. Other tape i have used would tear when i would go to remove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocco
    I used to double wrap with Deda tape but recently splurged on Fizik tape with the gel pads. I've been pleasantly surprised by the comfort, the looks and durability of it.

    I like the Fizik gel pads and their tape is durable, I typically use Deda though mostly because its good enough, wraps easily and its cheap. It is a bit short especially compared to Fizik where I always have extra even on wide bars.

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    I started with no name cork tape, then went to Cineli cork tape. A newer bike came with Bontrager cork tape. I prefer Cineli due to the history of it, but being objective they all felt/last/applied the same.

    I just put Fizik tape on a bike, but pulled it off after 25 miles. Why? Compared to cork tape, the Fizik tape (without the gel pads/kit under it) is very hard and I found it very uncomfortable. I reinstalled a new roll of Fizik with the Fizik gel pads under it, and it's much much better.

    What will I buy next time? For ease of installation I will be fitting cineli cork (white or black). I might consider another Fizik kit with the gels, but the Cineli is 1/3 the price.

    From a green perspective, the cork tape is better for the environment? It's from trees and is compostable?

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    Specialized Bar Phat. Gives the bar a bit more girth, which is great for your handlnig and comfort. I intend to keep the pads on when I switch over to some profile design 2-tone bar tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdaghisallo1
    After years of using Deda, Fizik, Cinelli and a lot of other stuff, I have recently found that I love Specialized Roubaix tape. It wraps fairly thick, is spongy and feels like tennis racket tape - the fuzzy kind, not the smooth leathery type.

    I love it!
    +1 couldnt agree more

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    Arundel. Lasts forever, too. I have some on a bike that's 3 years old.

    http://www.arundelbike.com/gecko.html?p=1.1.3.1
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    Fizik...I have some Fizik tape that is a couple years old that has been run through the washing machine a couple of times. The only white tape that stays clean, accept for wear marks...I have gel tape on my main ride. I like the stuff in the winter as I have a bad right hand...just about all gel tape feel the same. Plain black. Easy to mount, cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlatyPius
    Arundel. Lasts forever, too. I have some on a bike that's 3 years old.

    http://www.arundelbike.com/gecko.html?p=1.1.3.1

    I second that suggestion. This tape rocks, looks great (especially in black) and is super comfy.

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    Another vote for Arundel; I've been using their Gecko Grip tape and I really like it. I find it grips better than cork tape even when wet, and it cleans very easily (a must for white bar tape). The only downside is that it doesn't stretch a lot, which can lead to wrapping problems if you run 44cm wing-style bars...

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    Talking Aztec Vibe Wrap...

    ...does the trick for me, but other posters have pretty much covered the horizon...they're all good, it's just preference...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aengbretson
    Another vote for Arundel; I've been using their Gecko Grip tape and I really like it. I find it grips better than cork tape even when wet, and it cleans very easily (a must for white bar tape). The only downside is that it doesn't stretch a lot, which can lead to wrapping problems if you run 44cm wing-style bars...
    This thread reminded me that I had been neglecting my "spending money" duties. So, I placed my first order with Arundel a little while ago. Every colour of Gecko tape (2 sets each), 6 seat bags, and a couple of the stainless steel bottle cages.
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    My new Giant came with Giant Cork tape. It's grippy and has held up since March and over 7,500 miles. I will replace in Feb when I get my Gore Ride-On cables but man I've never had tape last so long.

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    My bike came with Bontrager cork and I just replaced it last night with Bontrager cork.

    It was my frist time taping my own bike. The first side went on no problem, the second side I had to redo like 5 times. grr.

    the taping received kitteh approval...


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    Ravx Stitchwrap on some and cloth on others.

    I actually really like this stuff.

    I dont know whats with all the padding. I dont wear gloves and dont really need tape except for grip. Why do people have so many problems with shock?
    Even is a 5-6 hour century I dont havea problem. Am I missing out on something?

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    I use plain old Cinelli cork tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A from Il
    Ravx Stitchwrap on some and cloth on others.

    I actually really like this stuff.

    I dont know whats with all the padding. I dont wear gloves and dont really need tape except for grip. Why do people have so many problems with shock?
    Even is a 5-6 hour century I dont havea problem. Am I missing out on something?
    I like RavX Stitchwrap also. That's what I have on my Rawland Sogn.
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