Deda Handlebar Tape
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I admit it, I was just being cheap instead of springing for the Cinelli that I used to have on my bike (which held up quite well, but left a ton of ugly tape residue).
The Deda seems to be fine. It appears to be slightly slicker / smoother than the Cinelli cork, which I do not prefer, but may be slightly tougher and easier to keep clean? Padding is okay, nothing amazing. It went on okay, but didn't seem to stretch as nice as I thought it should.
Can't say about the dirt repulsion as I got the gunmetal grey which hides bike grime really well.
Overall, this tape is pretty good for the price. However, if you are looking for more cushion check out lizardskins dsp 2.5mm. The Deda tape is easy to install but I prefer a bit more cushion.Report this review
Bought one for my cyclocross bike and has been providing great grip + padding. Not too fancy, but great value.Report this review
Deda Handlebar Tape is one of the cheaper choices available, but it does not sacrifice any on quality. It lasts as long as any cork tape - although not as long as Fizik Microtex. As far as cork tape goes it provides great grip, easy installation and a small amount of cushion. As far as cork - or synthetic cork - goes the Deda handlebar tape is as good as the best but for not quite as much money.
If you are looking for an inexpensive, great performing handlebar tape the Deda tape is a great choice.
This tape is a good mix of value and durability. I have only had the white tape in this range so I can't comment on the other colours (you can't fault the range though!). Not the grippiest out there but it is very durable and looks bling in white when first applied. Great value too.Report this review
This tape is very much like the other "synthetic cork" tapes out there: made of a fine-textured foam. It stretches during installation, which I see as a good thing (allows a better wrap). It has good cushioning and grip characteristics, and stays reasonably clean. Unfortunately, in my experience, it also tears relatively easily - so mine had a couple of rips in it within a couple of months of installation.Report this review
This tape is a great value but when it comes to longer rides with poor surfaces you may be better off getting a more expensive tape.
The gold "carbon" texture looks amazing. It is definitely gold, not coppery at all. Comfort is there, but really all this tape does it add some grip over a nude bar. It definitely does not provide the same cushion as a gel tape.
I got the silver tape which is not cork but sort of like a rubberised tape. It's a little slippery, not as grippy as cork and a bit harder. It looks fantastic on a silver frame and doesn't seem to wear. Have had this tape for over a year and it still looks like I have just put it on.
Great tape for durability and looks but not so good for grip and comfort (would stick to cork for that).
I bought these black tapes a while back when I first got my fixie and didn't know how to properly wrap my handle bars, thanks to youtube I did a decently horrible job but I was able to unwrap them and use them again. They're good for practicing before you splurge on a more expensive tape.Report this review
I bought the gold textured tape, which matches the gold script on my frame quite well. It has lasted really well. It has a smooth surface that doesn't wear like some tapes. The tape has some give to it, making it easy on the hands. It is not as grippy as some I have tried, but the more grippy stuff tends to wear much faster.