Enve is best known for making very expensive carbon fibre wheels, but it also makes some nice handlebars, and now it makes handlebar tape to match.
There’s an abundance of choice when it comes to choosing new bar tape for your bike. Here’s why Enve reckons you should choose its new tape.
It has been designed to provide “maximum ride feel without compromising comfort and ensures grip in wet conditions” and achieves this lofty goal by using a 3mm thick silicone-backed material.
The grippy compound has been designed to ensure suitable grip with bare hands in the rain, ideal for British cyclists then. It’s 3mm thick tape with a vibration-damping backer strip further aiding comfort.
Enve reckons the tape has just the right amount of stretch to make installation easy. A hard-wearing construction should provide adequate durability. There’s no sticking backing tape, instead a grippy silicone stripe helps adhere the tape in place.
The tape measures 250mm in length per roll, enough for a 50cm wide handlebar, making it ideal for gravel bars.
It comes in three colours - white, black and grey - and has the Enve logo repeated. Question is, can you really only use this bar tape with an Enve handlebar or is the brand clash okay?
As you’d expect, it’s not cheap at $40, and probably about the same in British pounds. We’ll confirm that price once we get it. More at www.enve.com/en/products/handlebar-tape/
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.