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Great grip without the bulk.

No one wants to sound like a broken record, but we can’t say it often enough: contact points, contact points, contact points. Where your body touches the bike -- hands, backside, and feet -- are the three most important human body parts for everyone who rides. Of course, that means there are nearly as many answers to what is the perfect equipment for these three points as there are people riding their bikes. For those who like their handlebar wrap to be grippy, comfy, but not too thick, Lizard Skins has come to the rescue with their DSP 1.8 Handlebar Tape.

If you're a bit of a curmudgeon and have been using only basic cork tape all these years, your first glance at what Lizard Skins offers might seem a little off-putting. The DSP 1.8 Tape is decidedly tech-looking. But leave all those thoughts aside, grab hold of a Lizard Skins DSP wrapped bar, and you'll never get corked again.

Admittedly, the relatively thin 1.8 mm DSP bar tape is not designed to be used in a Paris-Roubaix setting. However, it's the perfect tape for your race day bike since it will give you ample padding in light of its low profile. It gives you an immediate feel for the bars which is so important for riding particular events like criteriums and circuit races where you live and die by your handling skills.

Each roll of tape is 82 inches long, so you'll be able to wrap bars of all lengths without having to resort to overly pulling and stretching the tape. In fact, that's 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.

The Lizard Skins DSP 1.8 Handlebar Tape comes in Black, Grey, 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, including the plugs, which makes this the lightest tape on the market.

Tech Specs

82 in
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Actual Weight:
Black, 1.8mm: 60g

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4 5

Mostly great tape but...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thought I would give this tape a try. I had been using the Fizik tape (I think the Performance) before.

The tape looks great, feels good and is very grippy. Probably the most grippy of the tapes I have tried. The included pieces of securing tape actually look really great. I thought it was a clear winner at first. However, after a few rides in the heat I am less certain.

While the tape is extremely grippy even when wet with sweat, it's just not as pleasant of a surface to be gripping onto. The Fizik tape was a little less grippy when wet but I didn't notice sweat on my hands while riding in the summer. Maybe it is more porous, breathable and/or absorbent but my hands feel a lot more sweaty with this LS tape. The LS tape feels like plastic. It doesn't absorb anything. It doesn't let your hands breath so they and the tape end up feeling wet like when you use plastic gloves.

I might be nitpicking but I will probably try something else next time around, especially during the hottest summer months.

Mostly great tape but...
1 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had high hopes for this tape. First impressions were excellent: easy to wrap, cool style (grey), great feel. However, after about 4-5 months it's completely shot - wore holes straight through to the bar. I'm surprised by the overwhelmingly positive reviews. Maybe no one has reviewed this tape after using it for a while. I've never seen tape wear so quickly or so thoroughly. I've had pretty good success with the Deda Elementi and Cinelli cork but I wanted to try the Lizard Skins after reading the reviews. I would only recommend this tape if you want to spruce up your bike before selling it or ride flat roads less than 50 miles per week (in that case you might get 6 months to a year out of this tape). I ride a fair amount of hills (10,000'+ per week) and maybe grip the brake hoods pretty tightly on the steeper ascents. In my experience bar tape usually shows its wear by becoming slippery at the contact points (around the hoods and on the drops). This tape wore clean through right above the hoods. I suspect that it wears so fast because it has such a soft, high friction surface. It feels great and my hands never slipped, but it's possible that this stuff is too tacky causing it to wear out quickly. I'm going back to the classic cinelli cork - for now.

5 5

Nice and sticky

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tape feels sticky when you grip it but the stickyness doesn't come off in your hands. I have yellow on my road bike and black on my cross bike. Its very durable for how light it is.

5 5

Finally, found the ideal tape!!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is fantastic tape! The black is a glossy black and matches well with my glossy Cervelo frame. Durable so far, and comfortable. 1.8 mm is the right thickness for me.

5 5

Like a glove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bar tape is great! Almost the same as a tennis grip or golf grip - clean up fairly well ( I got white ) and like the 1.8mm thickness, not too thin or too thick - just right.

Like a glove
5 5

Great Tape!!! No Slip and Great Cushion

This tape is dynamite. I bought it when I switched out my Gruppo and decided to change from the traditional cork. I am very impressed. This tape is not only no slip but nice and comfortable too. I struggle with "Dead Hands" on my rides especially after doing 50 or more miles and I have never had that with this tape. I often times can wear no gloves. Awesome tape!

5 5

best tape out there.

I have always gone with cork tape and never wanted to change until a friend tossed a roll of this Lizard Skins my way. It's super grippy, even when it's raining. The LS tape also has outlasted my old cork tape ways ten-fold. Buy this tape and you won't be disappointed.