Bontrager Bontrager Gel Cork Bar Tape

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[Jun 17, 2021]
audiomagnate


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks AMAZING, feels great and lasts fairly long.

Weakness:

The top layer shreds after a thousand miles or so.

Price Paid:
35
Purchased:
New  
[Aug 18, 2010]
johnlisa5135
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strong: won't break when stretching, ensuring a good-looking, tight fit. Long enough for any handlebar design, with tape to spare. Durable. New double gel tape eliminates need for bar phat, and gives good damping, without slippage/squishiness.

Weakness:

Lacks the cachet of Italian or other European marques. Big Deal.

I agree with the two previous reviewers completely. Not only is the product durable (came OEM on my Trek road bike, and only change it when changing cable housings or shifters, no need otherwise), but EASY to install. I'm no pro at bar wrapping, but these made me look like one when I was done! And they are stronger and longer than Cinelli

Similar Products Used:

Deda, Cinelli, Fizik

[Jun 04, 2009]
driscoli
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

thick, grippy

Weakness:

limited color selection at most shops i've been to

I've tried most brands of bar tape and this is by far the best. There's more than enough length to a roll. The vibration dampening properties are great too - it does great even on graveled trails on my commute. Get this if you value comfort for a reasonable price and availability at lots of bikeshops.

Similar Products Used:

several brands of cork and rubber bartape

[Oct 16, 2008]
Veronikafan
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Reasonably priced, easy to apply. Grippy, cushy feel. Durable (so far). High quality, plastic bar end plugs included.

Weakness:

None so far.

I was using the Cinelli Gel cork bar wrap, but it's durability is not very good. It would start to disintegrate and shred after about 2K miles, or 6 months of riding.
This product is 15–20% cheaper to buy, and seems at least as good, if not better. It has a high rubber content, so you can control the thickness and cushiness just by stretching it as you wrap the bar. It is non-adhesive, so it is very easy to apply. If you mess it up, just unwrap it and try again.
The well-designed end plugs feature the Bontrager "B" logo on a reflective background, and fit more securely than the cheezy Cinelli plugs.
According to the website, this product is manufactured in about 25 different colors, although my shop only stocks black.

Similar Products Used:

Cinelli Gel Cork, Cinelli Cork Ribbon, Profile Bar Wrap, Bike Ribbon, etc.

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