Pro’s is the thickest tape here at 3.5mm, thanks to its extra layer of gel padding. The wide, non-sticky silicone adhesive strip actually sticks to the bar effectively and is very easy to remove without residue.
The non-patterned design delivered excellent grip.
A veritable bargain if you like a little more road-buzz-smoothing plushness from your handlebar tape.
Selle San Marco Presa Corsa DynamicDavid Caudery/Immediate Media
Well-priced, high-quality padded gel tape that weighs just 70g overall, including plugs.
The San Marco’s wide adhesive strip and overall profile are very similar to the Pro’s, with just a little less central gel padding. But this is similarly comfortable, good looking and easy to fit neatly and remove without fuss or mess.
Specialized S-Wrap HD
4.0 out of 5 star rating
Specialized S-Wrap HDDavid Caudery/Immediate Media
Price: £32 / US$35 / AU$45
Excellent quality, grippy and comfortable gel-padded tape with a matching finishing strip, all well secured by expanding plug bar ends for a super-neat look.
The wide-ish adhesive strip doesn’t feel sticky to the touch, but is effective, and it was easy to clean and remove.
The two-colour design takes a little care to get neat on the bend but that’s the only downside.
Fizik’s Vento ‘Solocush Tacky’ tape lives up to its full name, with its 2.7mm padding offering very good cushioning, and the textured surface a ‘tacky’ grip whether you’re riding with or without gloves.
The adhesive strip is very sticky but it was still easy to remove the tape without mess or tearing. Price is on the high side, though.