Fizik MicroTex Handlebar Tape with Gel Pads
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Fizik MicroTex Handlebar Tape with Gel Pads
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Top Features of the Fizik MicroTex Handlebar Tape with Gel Pads
Fizik Technogel pads offer features not available in other brands. Shock absorbing, gel cushioning that won't harden, break down or migrate. Plus you can cut it to shape to fit on any bar.
- Washable, reusable gel pads
- Microtex tape that is tough, strong, stretch resistant and is breathable
About Bar Tape
Bar tape adds the finishing touches to your pride and joy, you can go for colour coded bar tape or even carbon fibre bar tape, but it's not there just to look good, it actually serves an important function by absorbing road vibration and providing a grippy surface for you to hold onto. Cork tapes offer high levels of road vibration absorption, to get even higher levels of comfort you can use gel pads under the tape on points of regular contact if needed.
About the Fizik brand
The Fi'zi:k brand was born in 1996 - a high-end bicycle saddle line, designed and handmade in Italy by the world's largest saddle manufacturer. Fi'zi:k is the phonetic spelling of the word "physique" - referring to the form or state of the human body. Fizik have three saddle shapes; there is the dipped platform found on the Gobi and Aliante range. The second is their flat style found on the Arione and Pave range. The third is the new Antares which sits between the previous two shapes. Dipped platform saddles give a supported riding position and 'cup' the pelvic bone, these are ideal for riders who tend to remain in one position on the saddle. Flat saddles allow the rider to move forward and backwards on the saddle and are ideal for distance riders on varying terrain. The Antares range bridges the gap between dipped and flat saddles, offering 300% more padding and a 15% larger sitting area when compared to their competitors saddles. Whilst still maintaining a low weight from as little as 145g, there has been no sacrifice to construction or rider comfort. For 2009 Carlos Sastre, of Cervelo Test Team and 2008 Tour De France champion, has made this his saddle of choice. Fizik produce saddles in varying lengths to suit riders needs, Arione are longer in length at over 300mm with an increased nose length. The Pave, Antares and Aliante ranges are a more traditional length at under 290mm. Triathletes, Time Trialists and women are specifically catered for with the Vitesse range. Within this range there is the Tri/TT specific range which incorporates increased padding in the nose of the saddle for extended periods on the tri-bars and the Ladies Life Vitesse which is specifically shaped for the female form.
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Magazine reviews for Fizik MicroTex Handlebar Tape with Gel Pads
Review from Sprinting For Signs
What do you look for in a good bar tape?
For me personally, I like to have a durable covering for my handlebars, and it is also nice to have lots of options on colours as the mood or bike dictates. Fi'zi:k have used a material to make their tape that differs from the norm, in that it is not made from the almost standard cork. By using Microtex, which is a leather substitute, they are using a material that they are well versed in. It has been used on the excellent Fi'zi:k saddles for many years and has proved to be very hard wearing.
The thickness of the tape can be a difficult thing to get right, some preferring a very thin tape while others wanting a little more bulk to absorb the shock. Fi'zi:k have taken a very sensible approach to this problem by making the tape super thin, thinner than most cork, which allows a very precise feel to the cockpit. If you prefer a tape with a little more comfort you can add the Gel pad kit underneath the bars. This feels in use very similar to quality Gel tapes like the Cinelli or Specialized options out there. But you have the added benefit of two things. One, the extended life that the Microtex material provides over a regular cork tape. Two, and an important thing to note, compared to other Gel pads, the Gel used will not harden over time, is not effected by heat, sweat or any other outside influences. I have had a set on for over 9 months now with no problems to report at all.
If you prefer white tape but in the past have been plagued by the dirty hands syndrome, this is the tape for you. Over the period I had the white tape on my bike it did lose some of that crisp white look, but after the 9 months it has been on I thought that this was fantastic. As you can see in the pictures I have recently changed to black. It is important to note that the black has a different texture to the white and the coloured tapes. The black has a cork/rubbery feel to it where the colours have a smoother finish. All things being personal I actually prefer the feel of the black. As I have not spent a long time on the black I can't comment on the longevity as yet but I cannot see a reason why it shouldn't perform any different to the white. This should mean that I will be able to leave it untouched for another 9 months and longer, or until I have another whim and decide to change the colour.
In my opinion this tape represents excellent value for money, even if it costs twice as much, using this set-up. The durability is second to none. Combined with the Gel pads it'll cost you just over the £20 mark, and that is money well spent in my book.
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