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Lizard Skins DSP 2.5mm Bar Tape

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

Claimed Weight:
56 g
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Great so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Got about 10 rides on the tape so far....first time I've tried it. The tacky grip is awesome and the black and white camo looks BA. If I can get a year and 8000 miles out of it, I'll give it 5 stars.

Great when its new.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a few iterations of this bartape over the years. It would easily be a five star product if the surface material didn't wear off so easily. If you have the habit of twisting the bars while you ride, you may want to reconsider buying this product. However, I really like the fit and feel of this tape, so much so, that I continue to buy it even though I know it will wear significantly quicker than other tapes. The DSP tape really is great stuff, but its gonna wear quick. I generally get about a season of riding out of a set then its time for a re-wrap.

Don't worry, not real lizard skin.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The 2.5 thickness is great for less-than-perfect roads, without feeling bulky in my hands. The grip performs, even when wet.

More colors

    I love Lizard Skins and now I think the Camo is cool, how about Green, Brown, or Gold. Really adds style to boring handle bars.

    Tape for bars

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Looks and feels way better than my old bar tape. 2.5mm cushioning is perfect amount of for me. Add this to your bar and go ride!

    Its my go-to bar tape!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I put this tape on all of my bikes, my road bike, CX bike, and my ole ladies road bike. Super cushy, grippy, and comfy. Helps eliminate road vibrations and less fatigue on the hands.

    Worst tape I ever bought

      After 30 rides the bar tape started to show white spots. For a tape this expensive, I expected a lot more life from it. I like the feel of the tape, but that does not make up for such a short life. I emailed lizard skins twice to inform them of this problem, but both went unanswered. If this is how a company treats and feels about their customers......I'd rather move on and continue to support fizik which I've never had an issue with. Stay away at all costs, do not buy this tape.

      Worst tape I ever bought

      I too have had the spots appear and I have had the same lack of response to emails. It looks like the covering is separated from the backing material.

      Lizard Skinz 2.5 Bar Tape

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      White wear spots appearing after 6 weeks of riding. too bad as it feels great when new. Would not recommend buying. Use the new Fizik Enduro bar tape. Doesn't wear out like the Lizard Skinz.

      Hey there!

      One thing you might want to try is picking up another set of this stuff and not stretching it at all when installing. I've installed countless sets on bikes of customers of mine, and if the tape is stretched, the layers separate and those white wear marks appear way sooner than they should.

      Comfort and Quality

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This bar tape is definitely my favorite. I have used it for a few years now and have been very satisfied with it. I prefer using the 2.5mm tape as it is just the right amount of cushioning for my preference. I would highly recommend this bar tape if you are looking for something new or if you have not yet tried it out!

      Avg. ride time: 6h 44m per week
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      Nice feel, didn't last

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I put Lizard Skins on one of my bikes. Loved the feel so much I put it on the other one. Then, the first bike started showing significant wear on the right side, after about 9 months. I typically ride 3x per week, maybe 150 miles a week. Bike was not crashed or leaned on anything. Just worn out from riding. The second set of Lizard Skins also now shows significant wear in the same area. Vary disappointing for such an expensive tape. I won't be replacing with more Lizard Skin.

      Nice feel, didn't last

      Best tape available but pricey

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Tape is the best but the price sucks. But the best in grip and comfort

      Feels Great, Didn't Hold Up

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I wanted to love this tape. I mean, it was 2x as much as the Fizik Microtex I had been using. It was love at first sight and first ride. There was enough pad to feel it, and the grip was much better than the Fizik. However, only about 2k miles in, and they're starting to wear through and the black tape is now white where I hold the bars just below the shifters. For $40, this shouldn't last 1/2 a season, when I was getting 2 years on my old tape. If it were $10 cork that'd be one thing, but for this price, no thanks. I'll unfortunately be going back to my old tape that didn't feel as nice, but lasted longer.

      Totally agree. I posted a similar review above before I saw yours. Very disappointed with how long they last. Nice feel though.

      Yes, i use the Giro LTZ 95% of the time, and no gloves the other 5% of the time.

      Don't think about it, BUY THEM!!!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great feel with this tape. Soft grip, dampens any chatter, cleans super easy, adds a ton of personality with the different color combinations. Stop you search for new tape right here and BUY THEM!

      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.
        Avg. ride time: 0m per week
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        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: 2h 51m 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.