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Pro Micro-fibre Bar Tape



Good looking and easy to use tape, though not the most padded

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Pro Micro-fibre Bar Tape looks good, and with perforations throughout has an almost vintage appearance. It wraps nicely, but has only a little padding, which might mean it's a bit uncomfortable for some.

Pro, Shimano's accessories brand, is known for its stems, handlebars and seatposts, but it also makes bar tape and the little things you need on a bike to complete it.

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The first place to start when reviewing handlebar tape is ease of application, and this was one of the easiest to apply that I have used. It wrapped around complicated angles and shifters without a problem, and the extra adhesive strip worked well going round the shifter bracket.

It stays in place well, too, thanks to its Smart Silicone adhesive back. I even managed to reapply it (on a singlespeed with no shifters) with no kind of issue. Throughout the test I didn't have a problem with anything moving out of place, even when pulling hard on the bar.

A key element to both the lack of movement and the ease of wrapping is that it's a thin, lightweight, leather-look tape. Because of this it won't be for everyone – it doesn't tend to kill much road buzz, so isn't the most comfortable over long distances on uneven roads. That said, with a set of mildly cushioned mitts, I didn't find it too bad at all.

It certainly looks good, with the perforations throughout making me think of vintage bikes. These perforations serve a purpose beyond looks, providing additional grip. The grip on the tape isn't the best I've used, but certainly isn't the worst either, especially given the smooth finish, which I think looks better than the more textured options.

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The RRP of £14.99 seems a fair price to pay for something that looks this good and wraps well. Even more so when you consider how durable and well made it seems, with around six weeks of use not leaving any kind of mark or fold anywhere.

Overall, I was impressed. With the lack of padding it might not be for everyone, but if you want classy looking and strong performing tape at a fair price, this could be the answer.


Good looking and easy to use tape, though not the most padded test report

Make and model: Pro Micro-fibre Handlebar Tape

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Pro says: "A lightweight and good looking bar tape that is easy to wrap and durable."

It's certainly not the most padded I have used, but at the same time it is durable and good looking.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Hi-End and lightweight synthetic leather tape

Smart Silicone Adhesive back

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Seems well made, easy to apply and no scuffs or scratches throughout the review period.

Rate the product for performance:

Easy to put on and relatively comfortable on the bar.

Rate the product for durability:

No marks, folds or tears throughout the review and unlikely to occur in the future.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)

Some more padding might be nice, but it's not uncomfortable.

Rate the product for value:

About where I would expect this kind of tape to be compared with others.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Easy to wrap and relatively comfortable in hand when riding.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The look – I think the perforations are classy.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Would be nice to have a bit more padding.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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It's good bar tape that does the job; could be more padded, but it's easy to fit and seems like it'll last well.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 27  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

George is the host of the podcast and has been writing for since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between. 

Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.

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