Fi'zi:k Performance Bar Tape
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- Material: Microtex
- Recommended Use: road cycling
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
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Fizik's Performance Bar Tape comes in two distinct flavors: Soft and Tacky. Soft is a standard microfiber feel, which is pleasant enough to handle bare hands for hours on end without complaint. Tacky is fashionably grippy with a :k tread pattern to keep your hands or gloves glued to the bars -- even when conditions are less than favorable. Regardless of which finish you choose, the Performance tape brings 3mm of dense-yet-forgiving comfort to your bars.
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My first handlebar wrap- please don't judge :)
It's thick, stiff, a little hard to install. You have to wrap slow and pull hard, it won't tear. This tape has a small raised ridge, this is where you start your over lap, however you can't do this around the bends. Go slow making sure you don't leave any gaps. If you do, no worry, it has a light adhesive backing and you can pull it off and try again. I really like the feel of this tape. Makes my bike feel different. Fizik bar tape is noted for being very long lasting and durable. The end pugs don't need a couple of layers of electrical tape, they fit nice and snug. I use black electrical tape for finishing tape, and cover it with the Fizik finishing tape. I have 44mm bars and I had to cut off a lot of tape, so you get more than enough. I had to struggle a little when installing this tape, but the end result was worth it. This tape looks and feels great, What else do you need? Great price at Amazon. Do it.
There are also two pieces of the wrap about 3-4 inches long (I didn't measure) to use as padding in a sensitive spot. These are to be used around the brake lever support on drop bars, which I learned watching a YouTube video. I have straight bars so I used the strips as extra padding in another spot where I sometimes get sore hands.
In the center of each of the two rolls as they come in the package is a bar end plug. The two I got were different and neither fit. Minor issue in my case because I had others.
The tape has what appears to be a strip of gel material on the back that runs the entire length of the tape for extra cushioning. I didn't expect this and it is a real bonus. This gel has a sticky surface with a strip of thin plastic you peel off so that when you wrap the tape, it sticks better. This helps a great deal with keeping the tape from slipping and becoming uneven or loose from riding.
I took seriously the advice to practice wrapping a couple of times before I exposed the sticky surface. I'm glad because the tape wraps differently depending on which end you start with--it is not symmetrical. You'll see what I mean when you get it. This is also good, because the difference provides a sort of wrap guide and is differently padded. I also had to wrap it a couple of times to get the tightness right and to make sure I didn't use too much and run out or too little and get too thin a wrap. You also want to end up with a bit of tape overhanging when you finish so that you can tuck it into the bar end to be held in place by the plug. But that doesn't have to come out exact, as long as you aren't short, becasue you can trim with scissors.
You should also wrap the tape in the direction that will prevent your grip from loosening it. This will depend on how you grip your bars and which way your hands naturally apply rotational friction to the bar. Wrap one way and this friction helps keep your tape snug; wrap the other and you may end up with loose tape down the road. Be aware that you should start from the inside and work to the ends of the bars. That means you will wrap each side in opposite directions. That should be obvious, but you also have to start at opposite ends of the tape to get the same edge out--remember the two edges of the tape are not the same.
I suggest you look up a YouTube video on all this if you are a bar tape rookie as I was.
I can say I like this wrap but this is my first time using something like this and don't really know what to compare it to. I read reviews on and off Amazon and decided this was the product I wanted to try. Again, not knowing others, I am happy with this. It is more durable than cork, cushions my hands better than the ergonomic grips I took of to replace with this, and seems well made. Of course I can't say how long it will last as I just put it on. I'm told cork is superior for comfort but wears out relatively quickly. This company has made cork wrap for a long time and recently came up with this wrap using a new material that is supposed to be equal to cork in comfort but mure durable. I hope so.
I wrapped it myself with no experience and it came out looking great with the help of the light adhesive on the back. I ordered it in white and with about 200 miles on it it still looks like the day I took it out of the package. It's just the right amount of padding so you know it's there, but it's not getting in the way of anything. Great design, awesome feel, easy to do yourself just overall a great bar tape.