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- Material: Polyurethane cork
- Adhesive backing
- Actual Weight: Black, One Size: 68g
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Original Cork Ribbon
In 1983 Antonio Colombo invented an entirely new “feeling” in the history of cycling bartape: Cinelli Original Cork Ribbon. Upon its release this grippy, spongey but durable and ultralight mix of EVA and natural cork immediately rendered bar tapes of the day (made from cotton or vinyl) technologically null. Within the space of a few short years the tape became an industry standard, spontaneously adopted by professional and amateur riders across the globe.
In 1982 I was visited by an inventive supplier of ours, who proposed uses for a new industrial vinyl acetate that he had recently begun to produce, called EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl-Acetate). He suggested it might be suitable for bicycle handlebar tape. As I listened to his suggestions, I stared at the strips of EVA that he had brought with him and which he was only able to produce in one colour, a kind of natural “gum” tone that was very dull and soulless.
1992 Splashed cork
In 1992 cinellI exploded the idea of a clean, simply coloured bicycle, taking advantage of the latest advances in eva manufacturing technology to make up cork splash, which contained up to seven different colours and was most famously promoted by claudio chiappucci
As far back as I can remember I’d always liked and raced with Cinelli components (when I was a kid it was so expensive and special for us that we used to call it C-Notes Cinelli instead of Cino Cinelli) so I was pretty happy when in 1985 I signed my first professional contract with the 7-Eleven team and discovered they were going to be sponsored by Cinelli.
1988 Giro d’Italia winner
Cinelli Cork Tape has been a classic to wrap handlebars for years because of its anti-slip properties and natural absorption of sweat. So, put a little extra love into your bike with the rainbow of colors Cinelli features. The tape has an adhesive backing to make for easy installation.
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I liked that the tape has some adhesive but I could (carefully) unwrap and rewrap it with no problem. I think that would only work if you were doing it right away though, not after it had been taped a while. I did not like the look of the logos on the electrical tape they supplied, so I used plain black electrical tape. For the colored bar tape I guess you could get electrical tape to match the color, although I thought it looked fine with black.
I actually was a little disappointed about the logos all over the tape. There is one with every turn around the handlebars. It's pretty extreme. But, I like the feel of the tape and I like the blue color.
I did not love the bar end caps. I like that they are black, but they just stuff in. My bike came with some rather ugly metallic coated plastic ones, but they screwed in - when you tighten the screw, it moves little barbs out that grab the inside of the bars. So, those were more secure. The ones supplied I felt could come out.
I've tried plastic, gel, and other stuff. Cork is best.
However, there is a caveat. There are adhesive and non-adhesive tapes. The adhesive is stronger than the tape so when you try to remove it you tend to find the tape rips and you end up with a spiral of adhesive on your handlebars covered with little flecks and patches of tape. This is undesirable.
Non-adhesive tape is actually better. Be sure to stretch the tape slightly as you wind it on so that it grips properly. If you do have the adhesive tape, wind it closer so that at least half the adhesive overlaps the previous loop of tape. It will come off easier when you want it to.
Includes two pre-cut strips of handlebar tape for behind the brake hoods, two pre-cut strips of finishing tape, and the logos on the top and adhesive on the back work as guides for a perfect job even if it's your first time (like me). Everything you need and super easy to use. I was scared to do it myself, and there was no need with this complete kit.
I will definitely buy this again, but maybe in black... The gray is much lighter (in my opinion) than it appears in the photo. All computer displays are different (though mine is a color-calibrated Mac display I use for design work, so...), but this photo seems almost deceptively dark: middle-gray instead of the closer-to-white gray. ...if that makes sense. Maybe they should give a Pantone equivalent on product pages! :D
Installation was easy and Cinelli provided enough finishing tape so that I didn't need to use additional electrical tape. The finishing tape that was provided was wide, stretchy and durable and looks like it will hold up well.
I had just the right amount of tape, but would have been short if I had wider handle bars. I took off one star for lack of leeway in the length, but otherwise recommend. Good price/quality combo.