Cinelli GEL Cork Ribbon Bar Tape

4.45/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $19.00


Product Description

Gel strip for comfort. Cork


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

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2008

Strengths:    Comfy, absorb vibration well. Large dia compared to stock tape.

Weaknesses:    Nothing yet.

Bottom Line:   
Just bought a box of Cinelli gel/cork tape to replace the stock Bontrager tape on my Trek 5200 carbon. Works well to absorb railroad track vibration, larger diameter works well w/ my monster sized hands, grip well. Put 145 mile on this this weekend, seem to be better than the stock Bontrager.

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Favorite Ride:   Hotter n Hell 100

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar (internet)

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager stock tape

Bike Setup:   Trek 5200c carbon, 63 cm, 180 mm Dura Ace double crank, Specialized seat, Dura Ace pedals, custom stem raised 1 cm


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pcp3bob a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2007

Strengths:    Strength, elasticity, comfort. Longevity yet to be tested.

Weaknesses:    Pricey, but so far worth it.

Bottom Line:   
I found this tape easy to install for a first timer (after rewrapping 3-4 times due to rookie status). I was worried about it tearing, but after repeated stretching it went on tight with no tearing. Very comfortable and grippy on bumpy rides. Haven't tried it in wet conditions.

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Favorite Ride:   Baseline Dr, Claremont, CA

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   JENSON USA

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager cork.

Bike Setup:   2006 Lemond Tourmalet, 44cm bars.


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

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2007

Strengths:    Smooths out a ride very nicely

Weaknesses:    None yet!

Bottom Line:   
Installed a set of these to replace the stock Bontrager tape (not sure what variety) that came on my Klein Q-Pro.

That bike has a pretty rigid fork. Switching to this tape moved the ride from "bonejarring" to "not too bad, at all".

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Favorite Ride:   Anything with hills and beautiful trees

Price Paid:    $17.00

Purchased At:   Freewheel

Similar Products Used:   Various cork and other tapes.

Bike Setup:   Klein Q-Pro V, 25mm Gatorskins.


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mr. Versatile a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2007

Strengths:    Comfort.

Weaknesses:    Wears too quickly, (tears & frays), about medium difficulty to wrap.

Bottom Line:   
I would never buy this again. I've had it on my bike for about a month, and it's already tearing & frayed. It's comfortable, but that's about the only positive thing I can say about it. Aside from comfort, this is the worst tape I've ever used.

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Favorite Ride:   any

Price Paid:    $18.00

Similar Products Used:   Sampson Fat Wrap (still my fave), too many others to list.

Bike Setup:   DeRosa Nuovo Classico all Campy.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Veronikafan a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2007

Strengths:    Easy to wrap
Perfect thickness and cushioning


Weaknesses:    Abrasion resistance could be better

Bottom Line:   
I always hated the original Cinelli cork tape, because it would tear if you stretched it too much when wrapping the bars, and also because the adhesive backing made it impossible to rewrap if you didn't do it perfectly the first time. This product is an improvement on both counts. You can stretch it very tightly to adjust the thickness and amount of cushioning you want, and there's no adhesive backing. It looks and feels very nice. I used Profile tape for several years before trying this. I think the Profile product is a little more durable and abrasion-resistant than this tape, and costs less to buy. However, the Cinelli gel is a little more cushioning and is a bit more grippy. On the whole, a good product, and a hundred times better than the original CInelli cork tape

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Favorite Ride:   Hunterdon County, NJ

Price Paid:    $17.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Profile Design bar wrap, Cinelli cork

Bike Setup:   1999 Litespeed Classic, LOOK fork, Cinelli bar & stem, Turbo Matic saddle, Dura Ace 9 speed group, hand built tubulars



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