Over the years, I have always gone with Cinelli cork tape. It had just the right amount of grip and cushion. It could rip if you weren't careful putting it on but looked great once on.
I recently purchased Cinelli Cork tape and low and behold, it is different than the old cork tape. First, it isn't cork, its some kind of foam rubber. It has much more cushion, which is good and bad. It is easier to put on. It looks like crap-too thick. I suspect that they have gone with a more cushy handlebar tape in order to counter the uncomfortable way handlebars are lower on today's modern wannabee race bikes.
One length was 8 inches longer than the other length. I barely made it on my narrow, no brake cable handelbars on one side while there was an extra 8 inches on the other side.
I really miss that old real cork Cinelli bar tape. If anyone knows who makes the real cork tape, please speak up.S
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