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Lizard Skins DSP 2.5mm Bar Tape

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Size matters.

There is no shame in liking a little extra padding around your bars. We've lost count of the number of pro bikes we've seen with double-wrapped bars, ready to tackle the spring classics. And for those who dislike wearing cycling gloves, a nicely padded handlebar is de rigueur. Lizard Skins DSP 2.5 Handlebar Tape offers the same super grip that the 1.8 variation does, but with the added comfort of 0.8mm more padding.

Now, 0.8mm might not sound like a lot, and indeed Lizard Skins is careful not to give it a foamy, slightly blundering feel. It's just a whisper of extra padding, but it could make the difference between numb hands and all day comfort. The DSP 2.5 Bar Tape shares the same high tech feel that their 1.8 tape has, but with a different design pattern. In fact, if you take a close look, it resembles a file tread pattern like you might see on an all-weather road tire. It has more texture than other tapes we've used, and that's not by accident. The tape is intended to facilitate the movement of your hands form one position to the other, but there is no hint of unwanted slip, even with ungloved hands.

Each roll of tape is 82 inches long, so you'll be able to wrap your bars without having to resort to overly pulling and stretching the tape. In fact, that is something that the folks at Lizard Skins are keen to caution you against doing. Be firm in pressing the tape into place and space it evenly, but don't pull at it too much because that will reduce its durability.

Lizard Skins DSP 2.5 Handlebar Tape comes in Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, and White. The package includes 2 rolls of tape, 2 bar-end plugs, and 2 finishing strips. Its claimed weight is only 50 grams per set, which means even weight-weenies can get the ultimate comfort without sacrificing a gram.

  • 0.8mm more padding than Lizard Skin’s 1.8 tape
  • File tread pattern
  • 82 inches long
  • Package includes 2 rolls of tape, 2 bar-end plugs, and 2 finishing strips

Tech Specs

Material:
polymer
Claimed Weight:
Black, One Size: 64g
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

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4 5

Lizard Skin

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been a fan for this tape for some time. It is very comfortable; has excellent grip, and cool colors. Now the negative. It is does not have very good durability; developes gaps; and discolors or shows dirt readily. I have also used Cinelli and Arundel, both of which have strengths and weaknesses.

4 5

Opinion has Changed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this tape for years. At first I loved it. I could get two seasons out of it and 10K miles easy. Excellent feel. The last four or so rolls I've bought have been a little short for my Time bars and the tape has not adhered well, gapping on the tops after only a month of use. I think DSP may be using a different adhesive. Disappointed that I have to look for a new favorite tape.

2 5

Top layer prone to peeling

Tape feels good but starting peeling fairly quickly in a few months. Google it. Went with Fizik Performance 3mm.

Avg. ride time: 2h 28m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
5 5

DSP Tape

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stuff kicks just as much ass as everyone else says. Super tacky and comfortable. Depending on how you tape it you can keep it relatively thin or bulk up in certain areas by overlapping it closer. I knew it would be the perfect grip for my girlfriends first road bike to help kill road chatter. Mission accomplished.

DSP Tape
Avg. ride time: 1h 58m per week
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3 5

Comfy, thick

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The extra padding is nice for riding without gloves, but interferes with the shifters on my SRAM Red levers. Have to adjust the braking to keep the shift levers from getting stuck on the bar tape. Have not had this problem with thinner bar tape.

Had plenty of length to do my bars. Like really plenty, discarded about a foot on each side when I finished, and I use continuous multiple wraps around the brake hoods rather than use the short strip that comes with the kit. Finishing tape is nice, sticky to both the tape to finish it off, and to my hands when riding.

It's sticky, providing a good grip, even with sweaty hands.

I'll likely use Lizard Skins again, but a thinner tape next time.

5 5

Super Comfy

I just used this tape for the first time and I have to say, it's amazing. It's really comfortable and I love the grip on it. I'll definitely keep using this tape from here on out, I'm really happy with this purchase!

Avg. ride time: 2h 1m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Blue DSP

To go with my review, this is a shot of blue DSP tape on my CX bike.

Blue DSP
Avg. ride time: 2h 1m per week
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5 5

Expensive but worth the price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I received my first set of DSP tape as a gift and put it on my SSCX bike. I liked it so much I bought some for my geared CX bike and plan on buying it for my road bike when a change is needed. The tape is tacky, but not sticky and has a great amount of padding for CX shenanigans. Having a plethora of color options is awesome as well. I've only had it on for a couple months, so I can't yet comment on the durability. So far so good.

Expensive but worth the price
Avg. ride time: 11h 5m per week
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5 5

Best, period.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used so many different brands and some might be a bit better in one dimension but LS has it all. Tends to last me around 5-6 months per taping (15 hour per week of riding) and is great in sweaty riding without gloves. I did once leave it on and just see how long it lasted and with 15 hours average each week it started to fray around 7-8 months.....pretty decent in my book.

Avg. ride time: 10h 24m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
4 5

Grippy Comfort

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Favorite bar tape out there for soft feel and tacky grip. I don't wear gloves when I ride, and Lizard Skin is one of the only tapes I've found that still holds it's texture all the same even when under heavy fire from sweat, rain or other road debris. Only complaint is it gets dirty really fast, especially the white. It looks great at first, but it's so tacky that it does pick up debris really quickly. Fairly easy to clean, but it doesn't really bother me to just replace it pretty regularly. Worth it to keep my ride looking good, and hands feeling fresh.

4 5

No gloves, Lots of love

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am usually a no gloving road rider. this being said, I am picky about my tape. I want it to last long, have amazing grip in all conditions, and also have a good amount of vibration control.

The Lizard Skin dsp 2.5 is the perfect tape. It handles amazing even in rain and or sweat. It is easy to get a clean wrap. And it is smooth under slight vibration. All around some of the best tape I have ridden!

Avg. ride time: 2h 5m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
4 5

Comfortable.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tape is great! I've been riding my cross bike with this stuff on for a few weeks now, and I don't wear gloves. Great comfort on long dirt/pavement road rides! Easy to wrap and tons of color options!

Avg. ride time: 35m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
4 5

Great tape

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this tape in white and the only complaint I have is that it gets dirty easily (as would any white bar tape). I love it. Great feel, great grip.

5 5

Great tape

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Excellent grip and holding up well to use/abuse, highly rec

5 5

Comfortable and looks awesome!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Some of my favorite bar tape I've tried thus far. Forgot my gloves on a 50 mile ride and never once had an issue and no sore hands afterwards, I was pleasantly surprised. Maintains color, grippyness, perfect amount of padding without feeling bulky.

Comfortable and looks awesome!
Avg. ride time: 9h 43m per week
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5 5

Excellent Tape

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes its expensive compared to cork tapes but it will outlast it by far. Have it on both my bikes, excellent grip and damping without overdoing it. I have about 3k on both this season and the tape is still holding up well but will be due to be replaced for next season mostly just to stay looking fresh.

5 5

Tacky Grip

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've never had better bar tape. This is by far my favorite tape I've wrapped my bars with. The rubber is super tacky and feels cushy. I wrapped my bars back in March and it has withstood the test of wet spring storms to pouring sweat in the summer months. Still hasnt unraveled. Wipes off clean with a rag and some cleaner.

It's a must have if you race.

5 5

Nice bar tape!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love LS tape. Has a great tacky feel and when wet I experience no slippery feel to it like some post I have read. The tape goes on eay and while I have used both the 2.5mm thick I prefer actually the 1.8mm thick version. Very durable and if need be no gloves needed. It is a bit pricey but you will be happy with the tape I am sure. Now if LS tape was $20 a pack I am sure LS would sell the daylights out of it. It is consistent in price from one retailer to the next with usually only a $4 variation at best so I assume LS sets a price floor on this stuff. So if your changing out your old bar tape and need a new grip tape try it out.............I am sure you will like it.

Avg. ride time: 5h 36m per week
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5 5

Gloves not needed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this bar tape. I don't like wearing gloves and I like feeling close to my bike. With this bar tape I get the padding I need, but still feel close to my bike. They are also super easy to clean when they get dirty.