Strengths: The same tape has been on one of my bikes for over 10 years. One side I had to replace after a hard crash, which is to be expected, the other side is still on the bike. I have been riding road bikes since 1972, with plenty of racing in the 1970's. Plus, I was in the bicycle industry for 17 years with my own shop, and then in wholesale, I probably have tried most of the competition available, and nothing else comes close. It is very "sticky", ie; you don't have to hold onto the bars with a death grip, even on very bumpy roads or in the rain. Plus, the fact that I just cannot wear it out, I have no idea when it will need replacing. If you can buy this tape, you will never want to ride with any other brand. I'd rate this product a 10+.
Weaknesses: None, other than it may have been discontinued. I'm going to call Off The Front tomorrow.
Their CYCLECROSS bar tape is the best I have ever used.
Similar Products Used: Pretty much everything else available.
Bike Setup: Merlin Extralight w DA etc, Trek w DA etc.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: June 22, 2006
Strengths: Lasts forever.
Weaknesses: None (other than the fact you can't find it anymore).
Hands down the best tape ever manufactured anywhere! Its currently out of production owing, according to the business owners, to its wear and tear longevity - the stuff lasts forever. I've got ten years plus on one of my bikes - it looks like I wrapped it yesterday. Shops stopped stocking it because customers who bought it never came back for more - they never needed to since it lasts indenfinately! A real shame it can't be had anymore.
Bike Setup: Touring, road, foldable, single speed.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: December 20, 2001
Strengths: Lots of design options.
Easy to rewrap - no adhesive backing
gives a good grip
Weaknesses: No more durable than cork
adhesive (if you apply as per instructions)
sticks too well to the tape, so it's hard
Awfully thin - no padding effect.
Seems like good tape for those with small hands, or with
the need to add color. The instructions could be clearer, though -
you need to really stretch the tape to do a good job. The instructions
also say to cut a section of foam off, and use the tape's adhesive to
start and end the wrap. It works, and is very neat, but it's impossible
to remove without tearing the covered part, so reusing it can be
Seems pretty durable, but once damage occurs, it grows pretty fast.
I find myself wanting more padding on long rides
Adhesive backed tape is necessary for cork tape. Since cork tape is not as strong if you try to wrap it very tightly iy will break. The Off the Front bar tape is very strong and stretchy. Wrap this tape tightly and it won't slip or wear excessively. If your tape starts to slip, take it off and wrap it even tighter, you didn't wrap it properly, don't worry the tape will stretch this is what you are supposed to do.
Additionally, the big bonus is that this tape can be re-wraped as many times and on as many bikes as you want. The material will reform to the new shape and you can wash it safely. Not to mention the great ride.
I'm shopping for handlebar tape, and am comparing Fizik Performance and Lizard Skins 2,5mm tape. Any thoughts or opinions/preferences? The Lizard Skins are fairly expensive, and I don't know if they're worth the extra cash. I have a Fizik saddle and road shoes, and am sold on both.Read More »
Dumb request, but interested to see pictures of bikes sporting orange tape on an orange frame. I have a 2011 Salsa Vaya and trying to get an idea of what that would look like.
Thanks for your time,
KevinRead More »
At the 3:20 mark in this video of Contador's mechanic building up the bike, it's interesting how the mechanic wraps electrical tape over the [U]entire[/U] bar & bare cables.
Anyone else done it that way, and why did you prefer it?
I've usually just taped down the cables in 3-4 spots, then wrapped ... Read More »
Thought I would query the Campy contingent on how they route their handlebar tape just behind the top of the Ultrashift shifter body under the hood boot. Please see pic below. What I do is bring the bar tape up from below and shingle just the rear edge of the shifter body where the cable housing ... Read More »