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bikeit65bikeit65 Posts: 950
edited June 2019 in Workshop
Looking to replace the old cork bar tape on my road bike for something with a bit more padding, looked a a few different one like Fizik and Lizard skin anyone use these or others you would recommend?
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  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 995
    I have the Supacaz tape on my Tarmac and really like it.
  • joey54321joey54321 Posts: 1,297
    I've tried Lizard Skins are really didn't like it. I prefer the cork to the PU plasticy type. I just buy whatever is on offer/cheapest now, can never really notice the difference.
  • mugensimugensi Posts: 558
    I have Fabric Knurl on both my bikes, its excellent and best of all it comes with finishing tape that is the same fabric as the tape itself and actually sticks and holds the bar tape in place unlike almost every other manufacturer where it ends up binned and electrical tape used instead.
  • AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 1,975
    I’ve used lizzardskinz and they didn’t last too long, I now only use the thin fizik ones and find them surprisingly comfortable and very long wearing. They scrub up well too.
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,425
    When my current Lizard Skins is knackered I'm planning to try Tortec SuperComfort which looks great.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,386
    I'm a big fan of Selle Italia's Smootape Controllo, which is a stupid name, but the tape is good. Lizardskins is the only tape I have ever used which has broken up in use...
  • meursaultmeursault Posts: 1,433
    Currently have Cannondale as I have Synapse. But looking for something a bit more spongy/grippy. Is cork the way to go? Or those gel inserts?
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  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,386
    meursault wrote:
    Currently have Cannondale as I have Synapse. But looking for something a bit more spongy/grippy. Is cork the way to go? Or those gel inserts?

    Cork is only spongy when new, ime - the feeling never lasts long. If you're looking for spongy, then take a look at Smootape Gran Fondo - which has a sort of spongy towelling feel to it.

    (I don't work for Selle Italia, btw)
  • step83step83 Posts: 4,107
    Cinelli do a nice range. Other option would be the gel inserts that go under the tape, I never got on with lizard skins myself.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,983
    Glossy Fizik tape. Lasts ages and wipes clean.
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  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,228
    fizik, lasts a while, decent. lizard skins is pretty average.
  • mercia_manmercia_man Posts: 1,406
    MrB123 wrote:
    When my current Lizard Skins is knackered I'm planning to try Tortec SuperComfort which looks great.

    Tortec Super Comfort is really good. Much better value than Lizard Skins.
  • StillGoingStillGoing Posts: 5,207
    Lizard Skins is great and have used it for years, but have just replaced the tape on both road bikes with Prologo One Touch which is just as good and a grippier feel.

    https://www.highonbikes.com/prologo-one ... E#140=1166
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  • bikeit65bikeit65 Posts: 950
    So after looking at your recommenditions i decided to go with the Tortec SuperComfort in black, typical, no where has it in stock.
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  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,921
    I had supercaz tape on my bike and it looked good but it didn't feel as there was any cushioing to it and now go with cheap £10 Boardman black cork tape.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 9,647
    Dannbodge wrote:
    I have the Supacaz tape on my Tarmac and really like it.

    +1

    The only tape I use now.
    Hardwearing, easy to wrap well, uber comfy.
    Massively underated imho.
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  • darkhairedlorddarkhairedlord Posts: 7,094
    Cinelli gel bar tape. Run a strip of old bar tap for extra padding.
  • 5858558585 Posts: 206
    Lizard skins DSP is very good if you like it tacky. Bontrager gel tape is also another option worth looking at (it's usually pretty well priced).
  • meursaultmeursault Posts: 1,433
    Bikeit65 wrote:
    So after looking at your recommenditions i decided to go with the Tortec SuperComfort in black, typical, no where has it in stock.

    This might be equivalent, according to Road.cc website reviews, but I haven't trried it.

    https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/information/news/discover-the-best-pro-handlebar-tape-for-you.html

    Still not widely available, but Tredz have it.
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 42,786
    Cinelli cork-gel tape is my preferred option.

    https://www.wiggle.co.uk/cinelli-gel-cork-bar-tape/
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