Bar tape is used to cover handlebars, as well as brakes and gears, but for most riders, comfort is the biggest priority when it comes to choosing the surface your hands grip out on the road.
Good bar tape can help to reduce road vibration and shocks from road surfaces, and can also look pretty good too.
We’ve tested a selection of bar tape to bring you six of the best…
Fabric Silicone Tape
Fabric Silicone Tape Robin Wilmott / Immediate Media
• Price: £29.99 / $45 / TBC
Fabric’s tape is all medical-grade silicone. It’s easy to fit, with no backing tape to remove or adhesive to stick in place, and you can stretch it as much as needed to wrap bends.
It remains in position with smooth overlaps, and the honeycomb texture gives excellent grip in all weather without absorbing moisture, and easily wipes clean.
Supacaz Super Sticky Kush
Supacaz Super Sticky Kush Robin Wilmott / Immediate Media
• Price: £34 / $40 / AU$50
The bold coloured polyurethane layer tops EVA foam and silicone gel adhesive for security and added vibration absorption.
It’s stretchable, very supple and has a cushioned feel, with an embossed starry design.
Easy to clean, even grippier when wet and really durable, it comes with powder coated alloy end plugs that are a neat touch.
Lizard Skins DSP
Lizard Skins DSP Robin Wilmott / Immediate Media
• Price: £34 / $42 /AU$TBC
This new 1.8mm thick Lizard Skins tape has a micro-stippled pattern interspersed with the company’s logo.
Its Durasoft polymer top layer is grippy, regardless of sweat or gloves. It’s backed by a slim EVA foam and adhesive strip, which is prone to slip in high torsion areas.
The finishing strips are a perfect match for the tape.
• Lizard Skins
Fizik Performance Tacky Touch
Fizik Performance Tacky Touch Robin Wilmott / Immediate Media
• Price: £25 / $35 / AU$50
This tape has a 3mm thick MicroTex and foam construction, with a supple feel. Central parallel stitched lines provide useful extra grip.
Cushioning with a high level of surface grip, especially in the wet, make for a refined cockpit.
It’s durable and washable, with perforations to help drying.
Brooks Cambium Rubber
Brooks Cambium Rubber Robin Wilmott / Immediate Media
• Price: £26 / $40 / AU$55
Brooks’ rubber tape has a hard wearing and rubbery-feeling PU surface coating over MicroTex and foam layers.
There’s almost no stretch, but once on, the mini oval shapes of the finely textured surface are grippy.
Adhesive woven cloth finishing strips plus Brooks’ vulcanized rubber Bar End Plugs maintain a superior look.
Specialized S-Wrap HD Supacaz Super Sticky Kush
Specialized S-Wrap HD Robin Wilmott / Immediate Media
• Price: £35 / $35 / AU$45
This 2.5mm two-colour tape has a fine file-type diamond pattern on its outer layer that’s backed by foam, with a tacky gel strip to hold it in position.
It provides great vibration absorption and durability, but the black majority of the tape feels grippier than the red.
Bolt-on alloy end caps and rubbery finishing strips keep things neat.
Our video shows you how to wrap your bar tape
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