Choosing the right bar tape

Choosing the right bar tape

One of the cheapest and performance effective upgrades for your bike. Changing tape regularly is smart not only for aesthetics but it gives you a chance to inspect your carbon or aluminium bars for cracks, add some new cable housing and make sure that your sweat has not eaten through the aluminium.


Silicone Tape

  • Easy to wrap. Can be wrapped thick or thin. Excellent durability and vibration reduction. Resists stinky odours. Suits gloves or bare hands.
  • Most expensive, supreme bar feel and tactility. Adhesive free and can be re-wrapped a few times.



  • Knurled rubber for extra grip. Can be harsh on bare hands but offers the best durability in all conditions. Good amounts of grip, good choice if you like a thicker grip feel.
  • Slighter harder to clean with the rough texture, but wears well especially if you spend a lot of time leaning your bike against the wall at the coffee shop.


Synthetic Suede

  • Better durability over cork, nice bar feel. Can be wrapped thin with slightly better grip than cork tape.
  • Harder to clean but relatively cheap


Synthetic Cork

  • Basic durability, can get really stinky as the porous material absorbs a lot of sweat and dirt. Easy to wrap (than traditional cork)
  • Hard to clean but relatively cheap - so can be replaced often.


  • Low amounts of grip, expensive and hard to tape. Swells and gets manky once it gets wet. Hard to clean. 
  • It's Weird and Psychotic having dead body parts draped over your bicycle.