This is the industry standard. If you're looking at bar tape, you''ll have looked at this and have probably ridden it at some point. Introduced in ''87, it''s sorta become iconic. In 2000 it won the Consumers Choice Award.
It''s a simple, elegant product which gets the job done. What more could you ask for? Available in a rainbow of colors, there''s sure to be one that will be a good match for your bike.
Any Road Bar (5),
Long Distance (2),
Residue on Bar (2)
4.5 GEARS 10 reviews
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I buy Cinelli cork sometimes because I like the feel of 2 layer tape: Cork covered with classic cloth.
Yeah, I know. I'm pretty high class.
This stuff feels much better than *synthetic* or *imitation* cork. It works well for double-wrapping because it's so thin, but it's just as strong as any other tape I've used.
If you're going for cork you owe it to yourself to go with Cinelli or some other authentic cork tape. Don't settle for some of the nasty gel/cork/imitation stuff. Nasty.
Cinelli has been my favorite for 20 years. I always come back to it. I find it comfortable and have done centuries and long tours. Also it wears well and doesn't get slippery or sticky like some tapes with a more rubbery texture. Let's face it. Bar tape is hardly sexy but this stuff works.
A great bar tape that is easy to install and gives that classic look. It gives a really tight wrap, making the bars look sleek, however the tape is pretty firm. Many people love it, I just prefer something with a little bit more cushion, like the Profile Design Shock Wrap. I would suggest this tape for road racing or training, but not for commuting or touring bikes that have road bars.
I used a black set on my SS build with bullhorns. Because the tape is long enough for drop bars I had plenty extra to overlap on the bullhorns. It's plenty of padding, wraps easy and tight. It sticks well to a clean bar.
After 300 miles of mostly dry riding it's holding up great and I like the padding from the 50% overlap.
Remember if you plan on using a light or other handlebar mounted device offset your start of the tape so you have space for your mount.
Although I have used and liked Cinelli cork bar tape in the past, I decided to return the tape I just ordered. The celeste color is greener than the paint on my Bianchi, so the two look a little strange together. Have ordered the Deda celeste tape instead.
Summed up: Very good product, but the celeste color is not a good color match to my Bianchi frame.
Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.
Likes: Classic, Inexpensive, Comfortable
April 19, 2013
reviewed by: go_jake
I got the natural tan tape. I had to wrap it with the Cinelli logos upside-down to hide the ugly damned things. And I wrapped it a little looser than I normally would to leave a little extra cushion. But beyond that, all's well. The tan looks great on my brown bike.