Fizik's Microtek Dual bar tape adds a touch of class to your cockpit with neat stitched detailing and a two-tone effect. You'll need to put some work in to fitting it but once on it's durable and comfy.
In the box you get the usual two lengths of tape, short finishing sections for behind the levers, tape and bar-end plugs. The tape is self-adhesive – though not very – and nicely padded, but one thing it isn't is flexible. You really need to be firm when you're fitting it to make sure it goes on nice and snug, beyond the point where you'd be snapping a normal tape and swearing at it. The striped design means you have to be a lot more careful to keep the wrap spacing even too, which is kind of annoying but also good practice.
Anyway, once it's on it's grippy and comfortable and it looks very classy. It's pretty tough too, resisting scuffs well. It's a bit more absorbent than a standard tape in the rain but on the other hand grip isn't affected so much by its being wet. All in all it's a good product; it's not a cheap option but definitely one to look at for your good bike.
Comfy, durable and classy tape. A bit of a pain to fit, but looks great once it's on.
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Make and model: Fizik Microtex Dual bar tape
Size tested: red/black
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, after I'd fitted it
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 37 Height: 190cm Weight: 96kg
I usually ride: whatever I\\\'m testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with Ultegra 6700
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.