Posted: June 28, 2014 in Cycling
Last year I installed some Forte Grip-Tech bar tape on my road bike, which I blogged about at the time. I said I'd do a review, and well, here it is.
It's been just over one full season, or around 1000 miles since I last wrapped my bars. It was a light season due to weather and travel, but it's about all I get these days. Plus, last year consisted mostly of mountain biking, so the road miles suffered.
The Grip-Tech was so so. It did what it was supposed to do, but it didn't last long, as you can see here:
This is what my Deda tape would have looked like after 5000 miles, not 1000. Next time I'll definitely stick with the Deda.
- Looks nice when new
- Shock absorbent
- Good price point
- Doesn't last long
- Gets dirty quickly and stays dirty
- Difficult to clean once it's dirty
I finally got around to replacing this tape, and ran into a whole other issue. The glue holding the tape on is way too strong, so when you peel the old tape off, it shreds, leaving you with numerous bits and pieces to pick off. It took me AGES to get the bars clean and prepped for the new tape. At the risk of sounding like an ad (or a shill), save yourself some headache and just get some Deda.
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