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