Bontrager Bontrager Gel Cork Bar Tape

5/5 (3 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by johnlisa5135 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2010

Strengths:    Strong: won't break when stretching, ensuring a good-looking, tight fit. Long enough for any handlebar design, with tape to spare. Durable. New double gel tape eliminates need for bar phat, and gives good damping, without slippage/squishiness.

Weaknesses:    Lacks the cachet of Italian or other European marques. Big Deal.

Bottom Line:   
I agree with the two previous reviewers completely. Not only is the product durable (came OEM on my Trek road bike, and only change it when changing cable housings or shifters, no need otherwise), but EASY to install. I'm no pro at bar wrapping, but these made me look like one when I was done! And they are stronger and longer than Cinelli

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Favorite Ride:   The one I'm on

Price Paid:    $17.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Deda, Cinelli, Fizik

Bike Setup:   Too many road bikes to list. Bike hoarder!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by driscoli a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2009

Strengths:    thick, grippy

Weaknesses:    limited color selection at most shops i've been to

Bottom Line:   
I've tried most brands of bar tape and this is by far the best. There's more than enough length to a roll. The vibration dampening properties are great too - it does great even on graveled trails on my commute. Get this if you value comfort for a reasonable price and availability at lots of bikeshops.

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Favorite Ride:   Tirreno Razza 3.0

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Performance Cycle

Similar Products Used:   several brands of cork and rubber bartape

Bike Setup:   Tirreno Razza 3.0
all Shimano 105
carbon fork and seatpost
stock bar (Forte)
Hutchinson Excels on A-class ALX 300 wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Veronikafan a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2008

Strengths:    Reasonably priced, easy to apply. Grippy, cushy feel. Durable (so far). High quality, plastic bar end plugs included.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I was using the Cinelli Gel cork bar wrap, but it's durability is not very good. It would start to disintegrate and shred after about 2K miles, or 6 months of riding.
This product is 15–20% cheaper to buy, and seems at least as good, if not better. It has a high rubber content, so you can control the thickness and cushiness just by stretching it as you wrap the bar. It is non-adhesive, so it is very easy to apply. If you mess it up, just unwrap it and try again.
The well-designed end plugs feature the Bontrager "B" logo on a reflective background, and fit more securely than the cheezy Cinelli plugs.
According to the website, this product is manufactured in about 25 different colors, although my shop only stocks black.

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Favorite Ride:   Hunterdon Co., NJ

Price Paid:    $17.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Cinelli Gel Cork, Cinelli Cork Ribbon, Profile Bar Wrap, Bike Ribbon, etc.

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Classic, Dura Ace 9 sp group, TurboMatic saddle, Cinelli bar, 3ttt stem,
handbuilt wheels.

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