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!
On the Cinelli bars on my mid-80's Eddy Merckx I wouldn't use anything else. This tape is still a great value especially on sale BTD. I like the thick padded feel of this ribbon, it does not get slippery, and holds up well. I prefer it to most of the modern plastic stuff out there and it is at a better price point.
I've used a number of different bar wrap products and always come back to Cinelli cork. Always durable, long lasting and comfortable. White remains tough to keep completely clean, but hey, it is white, after all, and anyway, the same holds true for all bar wraps.
I've tried a few different brands (Fizik, Deda) on various bikes but I keep coming back to Cinelli because it meets all my requirements. It's very pliable so it wraps easily around tricky spots and it's soft so it's very comfy. It's so plush on my road bike that I don't have to use one of those gel padding under the tape like I had to with the Deda tape. Sure it wears out faster than harder, stiffer material but I rewrap my bars once a year. And there's nothing quite like fresh bar tape. As a matter of fact I look forward to fresh tape every year. So do yourself a favor treat yourself to the exquisite feel of fresh Cinelli Cork tape.
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