silicone bar tape

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Alexandrumarian
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by Alexandrumarian

Any comments on this bar of tape? It is heavy and pricey but there seem to be a lot of advvantages: sticky, damping, no water absorbtion, no glue, easy to reuse and wash. I am looking at the Fabric one in particular. I've seen a few users here in show the bike threads but no discussion on the tape.

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wheelsONfire
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by wheelsONfire

Yes, i have never owned a tape that wears down so fast. 1 week it was rather much wear, 2 weaks and i took the tape off.
Fabric refused to warrant the tape. So in short, no more for me.
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Ax Lightness Vial EVO Race (2018.12.21)
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Paduano Racing Fidia (kind of shelved)
Open *UP* (2016.04.14)


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TobinHatesYou
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by TobinHatesYou

ESI RCT is very nice feeling, easy to clean, easy to wrap...but very heavy. Th heaviest bar tape I’ve ever used.

BdaGhisallo
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by BdaGhisallo

TobinHatesYou wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 8:58 am
ESI RCT is very nice feeling, easy to clean, easy to wrap...but very heavy. Th heaviest bar tape I’ve ever used.
As is noted with the Fabric tape, I tried the ESI tape a few years back and was amazed at how quickly and thoroughly it would wear. I could wear it straight through to the bar on the tops near the hoods. Never see such an astonishing wear rate before or after in my 30 years of cycling.

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MayhemSWE
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by MayhemSWE

I put the Fabric Silicone tape on my new bike about a month ago and have no discernible wear so far. Used it on my last bike too and didn't notice any wear over the course of a few months. Are you guys wrapping the tape under so much tension that it becomes super thin? Or wearing abrasive gloves? :shock:

siim
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by siim

I had Fabric tape during last season. That's not much though - just below 3000 km. Anyway, I did not see any wear - seemed like new when I took it off to change bars. Because of weight I decided to change to Deda perforated tape. Fabric was nicer to hands for sure. Also better to wrap.

TobinHatesYou
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by TobinHatesYou

I didn’t have a wear issue with RCT. I do know some people who wear through spots on their tape quickly in general, regardless of brand/material.

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PrimO
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by PrimO

I'm using Fabric's knurl bar tape and find it excellent. Its quite similar to Zipp CX bar tape which i have previously used but the Fabirc tape seems to have the edge on it and wears better. Its also stronger and slightly more comfortable.

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