Handlebar tape is one of those components that’s often an afterthought. But it’s also a component that has a huge impact on your ride comfort (and control). More importantly, as handlebars in the gravel category are getting wider, many rolls of tape simply don’t measure up. The new ENVE handlebar tape aims to fix that.

Bar tape ENVE: new handlebar wrap is longer, padded, & grippy when wet

In order to increase comfort and control, the tape has a rubberized finish that remains grippy even when wet. Underneath, a silicone strip improves the 3mm thick tape’s comfort and helps it to stay in place without the use of adhesives.

Bar tape ENVE: new handlebar wrap is longer, padded, & grippy when wet

To fit wider bars (ENVE claims up to 50cm), the tape rolls are 250cm in length. Each pack includes ENVE bar end plugs and matching finishing tape.

Bar tape ENVE: new handlebar wrap is longer, padded, & grippy when wet Available in black, white, or grey, the tape sells for $40. Available now.

Learn more at Enve.com.

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Bmx
Bmx
2 years ago

Gravel specific bar tape. Oh dear, oh dear. Thought pestilence was the forth rider but maybe Enve is

Volsung
Volsung
2 years ago
Reply to  Bmx

Gravel is bumpy and gravel bars are big. I don’t get why that threatens you.

Thompson
Thompson
2 years ago
Reply to  Volsung

He means it’s geared towards wider “gravel” bars & it costs $40. Why are there so many people that speak up FOR these companies that come up with some corny products to capitalize on corny trends at our expense?

roadstain
2 years ago

I cant figure out why they keep trying to fix the thing that has not been broken in decades……..(Cinelli)

Seraph
Seraph
2 years ago
Reply to  roadstain

I think you mean Lizard Skins.

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
2 years ago

“Gravel specific bar tape” said who where??

mateo
mateo
2 years ago

You guys obviously missed Spank’s gravel specific bar tape. I also didn’t read anything about this being gravel specific. It’s just long enough to wrap wider bars.

Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict
2 years ago

Nice!

Bob
Bob
2 years ago

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Gillis
Gillis
2 years ago

I’ve had good experience withe the Silca Nastro Piloti bar. That stuff is the grippiest I’ve ever used. I don’t know if it’s extra-long like this, but it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for something more grippy.

Bob
Bob
2 years ago

at $40 this is just as big a rip off as the rest of their stuff. I would expect nothing less.

Robin
Robin
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob

The Enve bar tape is priced a bit less than LizardSkins’ tape and priced equal to or less than Silca’s tape, depending on Silca model. It’s only a rip-off if you’re forced to buy it. As it stands, you’re not out any money since I assume you didn’t buy the tape. As such, you weren’t ripped off. I suspect that users happy with the tape won’t feel like they were ripped off.

There must be a cycling comment section version of Godwin’s law. “As comments about a bike product increase in number, the probability of someone offering up the knee-jerk reaction comment, ‘It’s a rip-off’, approaches 1.”

Bob
Bob
2 years ago
Reply to  Robin

The probability of paying a premium price for a subpar product is also 1 when it has the ENVE logo on it.

Robin
Robin
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob

So, how about telling us why the bar tape is a subpar product? You obviously have much experience.

Sezam
Sezam
2 years ago
Reply to  Robin

Pretty sure they mean its over-priced because most any bartape will be more than ample to tape up wider “gravel” handlebars and be pretty grippy to boot.Its annoying (imo) when these companies release slightly modified products and market them in coordinance with the latest trend… For example… When fixes gear was popular companies were making smaller handlebars (less material) for a higher price.

Dave Dub
Dave Dub
2 years ago
Reply to  Sezam

Dude. Products don’t just magically happen. Yeah, fixies are/were kinda dumb. But any new product is going to have development and tooling costs rolled in and slightly less material rarely means you’re going to lower cost on a niche item.

Robin
Robin
2 years ago
Reply to  Zach Overholt

And if this tape lasts longer than LizardSkins tape, that could further justify the price. While I love the feel of LizardSkins’ DSP, it does deteriorate a bit too quickly. I’d happily pay $40 for rubberized or similar grippy bar tape that is durable.

mudrock
mudrock
2 years ago

This is only worth 40 if it doesn’t rip or shred when you wipe out. Cinelli for 15 at your LBS works for me.

Robin
Robin
2 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

It doesn’t work for everyone though. Some folks like or need the grip offered by rubberized or otherwise grippified (made up word) tapes. I imagine if Cinelli worked for everyone, it’d be the only bar tape people would buy.