We designed this tape for riders that go over varied surfaces during tours and mixed terrain brevets: fire roads, double track, washboard roads, crushed limestone, and gravel.
The Rubbery design has loads of grip and a generous amount of cushioning. At 3.5mm thick, it has a very nice hand feel, wraps easily, and is long - which is nice for today's wide bars.
The edges feature a taper so when you wrap your bars it can line-up mostly flat, or have a bit more overlap for a chunkier grip.
Additionally, the included bar plugs are actually really nice quality. You won't be chucking them into the bin like the cheap-o, push in ones.
- Material: Rubber
- Length: 200cm
- Thickness: 3.5mm
- Weight: 152g including bar plugs
- Adhesive backed strip down the middle for easy installation
Note: this wrap features three dots that are offset from center. Wrap your bars with the dots all visible.
Free Shipping for Retail customers with subtotals over $150: Velo Orange offers free shipping to the lower 48 States for retail orders with a subtotal of at least $150. Use the coupon code 150SHIP when you check out to get the deal.
Free Shipping for Wholesale customers with subtotals over $400: Velo Orange offers free shipping for wholesale orders to the lower 48 States with a subtotal of at least $400. No coupon code required for this deal.
Oversize international shipping: Large products including (but not limited to) frames, fork, fenders, handlebars, racks, and rims may incur oversize shipping charges. We will notify you of additional charges.
Had this tape about 3 or 4 months now. At first it felt impossibly grippy and frankly disgusting, like touching some sort of stubbly sea creature, to the point that I feared I would get blisters, but it being winter I wore gloves anyway for my first few rides. Pretty quickly it broke in a bit, and is very comfy and pretty soft despite retaining it's excellent grip, and it looks pretty good too (I got it in the brown color).
One thing to note about this tape is that the knurly pattern is not symmetrical, so you can wrap one direction for more knobbies and the other way for fewer knobbies (because more will be covered under the overlap). However, if you aren't careful you'll do what I did and end up with one side wrapped one way and the other side wrapped the other way. The difference is slight but noticeable.
After about 3 or 4 months, the exposed edges have started fraying a little bit (yes, I wrapped in the correct direction), and the rubber on these frayed edges is starting to break down a little bit, occasionally shedding little black bits of linty rubber. My main touchpoint areas are starting to get pretty bald and slightly discolored by now, but even with my greasy bike mechanic hands and mineral sunscreen usage, it's not oily or gross at all. At this rate it probably won't last longer than another month or two before it starts to really break down, but 5-6 months is pretty solid lifespan for bar wrap.
Rubbery Handlebar Tape
Overall, I love this tape. The only downside is when I lean it against a painted building or garage door, it leaves a white mark on the bar tape that is hard to remove.
It's grippy, comfortable, and looks great on any kind of bike.
I desperately needed to upgrade my handlebar tape, and I'm glad I went with this stuff. It feels really high quality, and looks great.