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Redshift Cruise Control Really Long Bar Tape



Yes, it’s pricey – but you're getting a quality product with loads more tape than normal
Strong and stretchy
Wide and long
Sticks to itself after a while

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The Redshift Cruise Control Really Long Bar Tape is arguably the longest bar tape out there, designed to dress up its own-brand Kitchen Sink and Top Shelf bars from end to end. Thick, strong, stretchy and grippy, it will leave your hands smiling long after your wallet has forgotten the price.

> Buy now: Redshift Cruise Control Really Long Bar Tape for £35.76 from Velozone

Each roll of tape is 315cm long – and at 3cm wide, that's plenty much to completely cover the longest of bars. Redshift designed the tape to cover its Kitchen Sink bar that Matt reviewed a few years back, including the out-front hand/bag loop section.

The tape is a comfy 3mm thick in the centre, tapering out to a thin edge that makes wrapping nice and compliant for a tidy finish even around sharp bends. The adhesive is just the right kind of tacky, allowing easy re-wrapping the first time you install it without it ripping or sticking to the bar. That said, the adhesive does get stickier over time. I've worked on bikes that had this tape installed for a year or more – and it shredded itself during removal.

You get two plastic expanding-wedge bar plugs that tighten with a 3mm hex, and while not metal they do feel like quality items.

At 315cm per strip I was able to wrap both sides of Redshift's Top Shelf bar including the mega-fat Cruise Control Top Grips using just one roll. Knowing you're likely to get two wraps – one now, one future – out of the box makes the £44 price easier to swallow.

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The other reason you might want so much tape is to double-wrap the tops, for extra comfort or for a larger diameter if you have big hands. With so much spare tape and being so wide, you will have no issues double-wrapping any normal bar the whole way.

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The tape's surface is slightly raised with a knurled pattern and subtle logo embossed into one edge of the tape. It feels nice and grippy under bare hands, if you like to ride without gloves.


Yes, it's pricey – but you're getting a quality product with loads more tape than normal

> Buy now: Redshift Cruise Control Really Long Bar Tape for £35.76 from Velozone test report

Make and model: Redshift Cruise Control Really Long Bar Tape

Size tested: One Size

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it?

It's for people with very wide or complex bars, or who need to double-up layers of tape.

Redshift says:

"Straining to get every last cm out of your bar tape? With today's wide handlebars you need bar tape that can measure up. The Cruise Control Really Long Bar Tape is long enough to wrap even the widest gravel bar.

Combine with the Kitchen Sink Handlebar and Cruise Control Grips to take things to the next level.


Really long – wrap the widest bars

Did we mention just how long it is? There's enough tape to cover the widest Kitchen Sink Handlebar, with Cruise Control Grips installed, as well as the endurance loop.

Anti-vibration padding

Durable compound maintains grip even when wet

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product


315cm length (standard tape is 180-200 cm)

3mm thick with specially formulated advanced PU outer

Adhesive backing


Compatible with drop bar handlebars


Weight 116g for two full-length rolls with bar plugs

Length 315cm

Width 30mm

Thickness 3mm

Material Closed-cell foam with durable polyurethane outer

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

Performed very well – goes on easily, looks great, grippy and comfortable.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The feel of the tape under your hands is spot on – you can ride bare-handed in the wet and not be concerned about slipping.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The fact the adhesive sets after a while, making re-use of the tape if you need to remove a shifter, or swap bars, unlikely.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

At £40 it's a premium price. The GREPP Woven Handlebar tape is just under £30 delivered, made in Sweden with natural ingredients. It's half the thickness mind, so nowhere near as cushioning.

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 would be excellent but for the price premium, and the fact the adhesive likely renders re-use after a while a non-starter. It is very good, though.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 47  Height: 183cm  Weight: 77kg

I usually ride: Sonder Camino Gravelaxe  My best bike is: Nah bro that's it

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, general fitness riding, mtb, G-R-A-V-E-L

Living in the Highlands, Mike is constantly finding innovative and usually cold/wet ways to accelerate the degradation of cycling kit. At his happiest in a warm workshop holding an anodised tool of high repute, Mike's been taking bikes apart and (mostly) putting them back together for forty years. With a day job in global IT (he's not completely sure what that means either) and having run a boutique cycle service business on the side for a decade, bikes are his escape into the practical and life-changing for his customers.

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