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Modern OEM Rubbery Handlebar Tape, Where Can I Get Some?

Old 08-16-19, 10:07 AM
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Modern OEM Rubbery Handlebar Tape, Where Can I Get Some?

I checked out the 2020 Trek Domane yesterday and was blown away by how thick, rubbery and comfortable the handlebar tape was. Is that something the manufacturer specifies and/or supplies? I don't think I can swing a new SLR but maybe that handlebar tape is within my budget.
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Old 08-16-19, 10:14 AM
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You were already there...why didn't you ask?
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Not sure if it is the same stuff as the Trek tape but...

Zipp Service Course Bar Tape - $17.99
https://www.jensonusa.com/Zipp-Service-Course-Bar-Tape

Zipp Serivce Course CX Bar Tape - 19.99
https://www.jensonusa.com/Zipp-Servi...se-CX-Bar-Tape

The CX version is textured while the other is smooth. They are both rubbery and thick but not sticky like the other popular yet insanely expensive rubber tape brands.

I'm in Cobb County by the way.


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I like Supacaz gel tape. Nice and grippy, but just a little padded too.

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Or, for very little money - old inner tubes.

Having said that, I might just do my first wrap with innertube. I've been riding doubled up cloth tape the past few years. Did once wrap a bar with innertube and tried it. Liked the feel but too much grip for me. I want to be able to quickly slide forward to the brake, always. But cloth over the innertube should solve that nicely.

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Most bike shops and the internet sell silicone bar tape. You can use it for an emergency roadside breast implant too.
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Most bike shops and the internet sell silicone bar tape. You can use it for an emergency roadside breast implant too.
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
You were already there...why didn't you ask?
^ This.
It is a Bontrager tape. So any Trek retailer should have it or be able to get it.
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Arundel Synth Gecko. 100% silicone. Stretchy, durable, can be washed and reused indefinitely with reasonable care. Doesn't take a set or permanent curl, so it can be rewrapped without regard to how it was wrapped before. No adhesive, the soft, gummy wrap adheres to itself. Really grippy and soaks up road vibration.

Not cheap at $35 but a good value considering I've rewrapped it several times this year. Even $10 Eclypse or similar cheap foam wrap would have cost more by now (and it's not good tape).

And I'm about to rewrap it again, over a second wrap of cheap bar tape (I'll probably recycle the cheap Eclypse wrap since it won't show).
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Or, for very little money - old inner tubes.

Having said that, I might just do my first wrap with innertube. I've been riding doubled up cloth tape the past few years. Did once wrap a bar with innertube and tried it. Liked the feel but too much grip for me. I want to be able to quickly slide forward to the brake, always. But cloth over the innertube should solve that nicely.

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I also tried inner tube as bar tape, and was OK with the stickiness, but found that the rubber did not hold up well under sweaty hands, and that it will rot and fall apart after a month or so. But if you cover it up with some other tape, you should be fine.

I've been using inner tubes covered with cork ribbon for several years. Another thing I do is get rubber vacuum tubing from the auto parts store, and tape it to the front and back of the bar tops, to create a flat spot for my hands, then tape over that with cork ribbon.
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I used inner tubes cut into strips to wrap like bar tape, for practice and added cushioning. It seemed to last a long time, but the carbon black made a mess. And as Lemond1985 said it gets slick with sweaty hands. I've used it as a base layer under the cosmetically nicer wrap.
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Originally Posted by audiomagnate View Post
I checked out the 2020 Trek Domane yesterday and was blown away by how thick, rubbery and comfortable the handlebar tape was. Is that something the manufacturer specifies and/or supplies? I don't think I can swing a new SLR but maybe that handlebar tape is within my budget.
I've been looking for the specific tape used on the Domane for sometime now, but can't it. I

Originally Posted by Dean V View Post
^ This.
It is a Bontrager tape. So any Trek retailer should have it or be able to get it.
I've been to many Trek shops and none sell the specific tape used on the Domane.
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Old 08-18-19, 03:52 AM
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Found it! It's new and called Bontrager Perf Line Bar Tape. $29.99 https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/e...olorCode=black


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My ratrod cruiser has innertube wrap for grips. Have not had any of those problems mentioned. Maybe it depends on the brand and type.
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