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Bar Tape on Carbon Bars

grahamcpgrahamcp Posts: 323
edited November 2009 in Workshop
With the newer style carbon bars that aren't a uniform circular cross-section, how do you wear your bar tape?

I was surfing a bit and came across these:- ... &IdAcc=228

and these... ... ova&d=TEAM

They look as though they are designed for no bar tape at all. Is that correct?

Tried surfing for some pics of these in use, but failed miserably! Please post your pics if you have some!


  • Well I have some ITM ones like that and I think your only meant t tape just before the hoods for your leavers down the drops and leave the wing shaped bit on show.
  • luccalucca Posts: 51
    same here
  • gkerr4gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    I have those cinelli ones - the neo morphe - got them earlier this year. I have taped up to the sticky-outy bit which has 'cinelli' written on it - as this is the start of the internal cable route so you don't need to tape any further - looks great.

    They are amazing bars btw - honestly the best upgrade I have made to my bike - they aren't the lightest bars you can buy but they are just sooo comfortable - the handhold points moulded into them really do make a difference. I also looked at the 3t ones but went against them as they have no internal cable routing (I use so it is two cables not just the brakes) - so you need to tape them all up to hold the cables right. I'm glad I did as I love the cinelli ones.
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    I have FSA K Wings and they are taped to just passed the hood, stopping at the beginning of the radius where they flatten out.
    This also allows for the nice white/ red graphics to be seen, instead of being hidden under the tape. :wink:
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  • gkerr4gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    i have just looked on my photobucket account as I was sure I would have some pictures of them - but I am amazed that I don't!

    I'll take a couple when I get home and post them for you so you see what I mean.
  • grahamcpgrahamcp Posts: 323
    cheers all. would be good to see the pics. the shape of the drops on the cinellis almost led me to think that they were designed to be used completely naked, but I wasn't sure how the cable routing would work. I assume from your post that the bar tape doesn't have the effect of smoothing off the handholds too much.
  • gkerr4gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    It doesn't effect the hand holds too much no - the 'egg' shaped bits at the edges are still clear to feel.
    One thing I would add though - they have clearly been designed for campag ergolevers - the "third finger gap" under the hoods is very useful but I can't say how this will come out with shimano/sram shift levers.

    some pics:
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    I prefer a little less tape... 4072050237_91e498f935_m.jpg
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  • Yes just leave the tops untaped. This is a Cinelli RAM bar. I've taped the tops better since these were taken.
  • gkerr4gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    Yes just leave the tops untaped. This is a Cinelli RAM bar. I've taped the tops better since these were taken.

    they are nice bars! - bloody expensive though (and thats from a neo morphe owner!)

    (gorgeous bike too btw!)
  • Thanks :D

    Although I really love the shape, the internal cable routing is a nightmare and has really tight bends. I'm actually going to try some shallow drop bars for next year.
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