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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
Actual Weight:
Black, One Size: 64g
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

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Avg. ride time: 12h 50m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

It's the best

  • 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.

So comfy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I run this tape on both of my bikes that have drop bars and don't think I would ever bother with a different tape. It is very comfortable and doesn't get sticky from glue bleeding in the heat like I've had happen on other tape. It wraps pretty smooth and looks nice. Good grip. Get some

Not real lizard skin.

    Not only is this tape tacky and durable, but it's surprisingly cushy. The colors are also nice and tacky, which is important if (like me) you appreciate a well-matching bike.

    The pink really pops, btw.

    Not real lizard skin.

    Love it!

      These tape is almost perfect. It is soft, extremely durable, and Looks really awesome. I gave it four star instead of 5 as it does not clean as well as i thought it was going to. Don't get me wrong it cleans well, but my expectations where set high by what people had told me. Other than that nothing to complain about with these.

      new favorite bar tape

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I changed out of traditional cork to this stuff about a month ago. I ride daily. Over the last 30 days, Ive gone from complaining about the price to wondering how I got along without it. Super tacky feel, grips well even in rain. Cushy as heck. Very comfortable ride. Dampens some road vibration at the bars. Overall, a great product.

      Avg. ride time: 6h 35m per week
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      Don't Judge Before You Ride It

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      While most know Lizard Skins as a mountain bike brand, this is a legit product for your road or cross bike. I've used this almost exclusively the last couple years for a few basic reasons:
      1/ It's durable. More than most any cork tape. Really
      2/ It's incredibly comfortable. If the 2.5 isn't your jam, there is a cushier size just for you.
      3/ It's easy to keep clean, so you can run the euro white all day long, and your bike will look great.
      In short, I highly recommend you give it a whirl. Your bike will look great, and your hands will love you for it.

      best bar tape

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      when your bar tape starts to fall of or is just time to change it, you need to pick up this bar tape, not only does it look good, its super comfy, has a lot of padding, and is very easy to wrap on your bars.

      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.

      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.

      Avg. ride time: 3h 1m per week
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      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: 57m per week
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      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.

      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: 1h 4m per week
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        Blue DSP

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

        Blue DSP
        Avg. ride time: 1h 4m per week
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        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: 5h 25m per week
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        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.

        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: 5h 26m per week
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        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: 25m per week
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        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.