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Ergon's BT Allroad bar tape is grippy, even in the wet, and it's relatively easy to fit to even the most compact of handlebar drops. At 2.5mm it's not the thickest of bar tapes for venturing away from the road, but it is certainly comfortable
For a bar tape that is designed to be used on mixed terrain, 2.5mm isn't that thick, but the foam material that Ergon has used is surprisingly squishy and comfortable.
I rarely ride with gloves, and found that the Allroad tape takes out a lot of the vibration you get on hardpacked surfaces, and it does it without reducing the amount of feedback coming from the rest of the bike. For me that's a definite plus point.
Alongside the comfort there is also plenty of grip. The tape has a slightly embossed pattern which works well in the wet or dry.
There isn't much stretch in the tape, which can hinder wrapping the tight sections of the handlebar, but the Allroad is very flexible and shapes well in tight corners, even around the shift levers.
On a 44cm (outer-to-outer) gravel bar with 12 degrees of flare there was plenty of tape to go around.
The finishing tape is tacky enough to stay put, and the bar end bungs also fit the majority of handlebars, although for this kind of money I'd prefer to see alloy end caps with expanding wedges for a perfect fit.
It's only been four weeks so far, but the tape is holding up well to wear and tear in the usual places.
It's available in five colours – Black, Space Blue, Merlot Red, Wilderness Green and White Speed – and costs £34.99, which puts it up there with some of the priciest tapes we've reviewed.
There are many other very good tapes available for less, though.
PRO's Gravel Comfort, which impressed Mike Stead, is also £29.99, but you can get away with spending even less – Prime's Comfort, which scored 9/10 in Liam's review, costs just £23.99. It's 3mm thick, but if you want to go thicker there's a 3.5mm Gravel version for £21.99. I use it on my own gravel bike, and it's excellent.
Overall, for the tape's thickness it's comfortable and I really do like how grippy it is. It is on the pricey side, though, and there is some very tough competition out there.
Not the best out there for the money, but impressively comfortable for such a thin tape, and grippy too
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Ergon BT Allroad
Size tested: 2.5 mm
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?
Ergon says, "Allroad riders want more. Their ideal handlebar tape should reduce discomfort on various road surfaces, feel good to the touch, provide a secure grip and deliver total direct control. The Ergon BT Allroad with its 2.5 mm thickness and a medium coarse, counter-angled surface texture, offers the ideal all-in-one solution. Pressure on the hands is reduced, vibration and shock is damped and riding pleasure and performance are greatly improved. The bar tape can be wrapped to individual preferences – thinner/thicker or increased/decreased grip texture – as wrap positioning guide marks are incorporated into the bar tape surface pattern."
For such a thin bar tape it copes well with all kinds of conditions.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Length: 2100 mm
Use: Allroad/Gravel/Cyclocross, Road
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Relatively easy to fit and it's grippy in all weathers.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Great levels of grip.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No alloy end plugs for a quality finish.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
There are others on the market such as Enve's for the same money, but there are also some very good tapes for a fiver or so less, and some real bargains to be had around the £20 price point, as mentioned in the review.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Overall, this a good all-round bar tape that gives plenty of comfort and grip. It's missing things like alloy end caps, though, to justify the price.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!