Since the 80s I started using Cinelli Cork Ribbon. Occasionally I try some different products but always go back to Cinelli. I always double wrap my bars so I am sure the good people of Cinelli love to have me for a customer. It works well wet and is super durable. It's light and looks good. There is enough stretch so that a neat wrap job is not difficult.
Hard to beat classic Cinelli cork bar tape - it's easy to install, east to clean and lasts. I like it better than more synthetic variations for staying dry when its hot and I'm sweating.
I have this tape in my daily driver and my race bike, I live in the wettest place on earth and the tape work great here
I bought the green along with the black. Havent used either yet but I also dont have a bike the green would look good on. I cant blame this on the product or the website. The green looks just like it does in the picture.
Sure, it's no longer cork, but it's still awesome. I've tried other brands, but wrapping Cinelli on my bars takes me back to toe clips, cycling caps, and steel frames. It's retro, but it's still effective - thick enough to cushion, doesn't skip when wet, maintains color, and is easy to wrap.
So dabble with the new stuff, but if you're a true road cyclist, you'll eventually come back.
I am a long time Cinelli Cork user. It holds up well, feels good, it's just hard to beat & BikeTiresDirect always has the best price....but I no longer see my color available!!
Ive been a Cinelli user the last couple of years. Recently, I ordered some new tape because my existing tape was old. Got the new stuff, and right out of the box the tape felt different than before. Put it on, and went on a rather lengthy ride. During the ride, I could tell within the first 15 minutes I was going to have issues with comfort, the old tape I had ripped off had much more padding than the new tape. I don't know if I received a bad roll, or if they changed something this year. Truly disappointed
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I like the feel and the thickness of this ribbon. I always use it on my mid-80's Eddie Merckx which is outfitted (of course!) with Cinelli bars and stem. I just used it in a century ride. Picking it up on sale from BTD is the way to get the best deal on it. Frankly, I am using 3mm Fizik tape on my modern bike and the next time I re-do the bar wrap I might go with the Cenelli cork there too. The price/performance of this product is hard to beat.
Good stuff, could be longer for oversized carbon bars. Mine are Ritchey WCS Evolution Carbon. Misses about an extra half inch of wrap near the stem.
I bought this tape to replace the tape that came with my bike. My hands have a tendency to fall asleep on long rides and I needed a little more cushion. The Cinelli cork tape provides the right amount of cushion without making the handlebar feel spongy. And the red and black tape gives my bike a little bling!