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silicone bar tape

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 7:59 am
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.

silicone bar tape

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 7:59 am
by Weenie

Re: silicone bar tape

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 8:05 am
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.

Re: silicone bar tape

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 8:58 am
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.

Re: silicone bar tape

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 6:45 pm
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.

Re: silicone bar tape

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 8:26 pm
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:

Re: silicone bar tape

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 8:40 pm
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.

Re: silicone bar tape

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 9:50 pm
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.

Re: silicone bar tape

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 9:50 pm
by Weenie

Re: silicone bar tape

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 12:01 pm
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.