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Wolf Tooth Supple Bar Tape may be the widest & thickest silicone handlebar wrap out there

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Spending a lot of time off-road on your dropbar bike? Are you looking for relief for aching hands? Maybe just a better grip on the bars? Don’t want to resort to gloves? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you probably should check out the new Supple Bar Tape from Wolf Tooth Components.

Wolf Tooth Supple Bar Tape package

Similar to the BIG40 tape that’s currently sold by RedMonkey Sports, Supple bar tape is also 40mm wide. The difference is in the thickness with Supple tape measuring twice as thick as the BIG40 at 5mm in the center of the tape.

Wolf Tooth Supple Bar Tape profile

That thickness is only measured in the middle of the tape as the sides taper off. This allows you to overlap the tape while maintaining a consistent thickness as you wrap. Since it’s made from 100% silicone foam, the tape is naturally grippy with or without gloves. It’s also washable, which is a good feature for a bike that will spend a lot of time in the dirt.

Wolf Tooth Supple Bar Tape wrap

 

Wolf Tooth have tested the bar tape from Minnesota to Texas in order to cover the spectrum in terms of riding conditions. That led to product changes in terms of durability to create a tape that is wear resistant and retains its soft, grippy feel.

Wolf Tooth Supple Bar Tape roll

Supple tape is sold in a package of two rolls, each measuring 151.5cm long. On our scale, a single roll without a bar plug weighed in at 104g uncut. If you used every bit of tape, you’re looking at 208g total before adding bar plugs. It’s definitely a bit heavier than the average tape, but if you’re then forced to add extra layers or under-tape padding to make standard tape more comfortable, then the extra weight of the Supple Tape is a moot point.

Wolf Tooth Supple Bar Tape wrap

Available now in black, Wolf Tooth Components states that more colors are in the works. Priced at $39.95, the pack includes two WTC finishing plugs and self-fusing silicone finishing tape.

Learn more at WolfToothComponents.com.

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Hexsense
Hexsense
2 years ago

I thought my ESI silicone tape at around 80g per roll is already a bit too soft and heavy. It’s certainly a far cry from normal thin skin bar tape at around 29g per roll. This thing is even more so…

Is silicone just naturally heavy? Is it the right material for bar tape?

carbonfodder
carbonfodder
2 years ago

135mm long must be a typo. 135mm is 5.4 inches. Probably 135cm or 54 inches/roll

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K-Pop is dangerous to your health
2 years ago

Did somebody just complain about the weight of bar tape? …[facepalm]

Jeff
Jeff
2 years ago

yeah they did, cause that is some heavy a$$ bar tape. if you include the plugs you are looking at 1 pound of bar tape on your bike.

go home and add 50 measly little grams to 10 things on your bike. dont worry, it is only 50g. you wont notice that 50 grams. i would start with your tires. Point is, it all adds up. Both if you are watching the grams and if you are not. a 600 lbs person didn’t just one day just gain 400 lbs. it was a pound here and a pound there.

gee
gee
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

If you use the entire roll on both sides and include the plugs, you’re still well under half a pound. Have another facepalm for your trouble.

Jeff
Jeff
2 years ago
Reply to  gee

My bad, i read it as 217 a roll x 2 rolls per bar.

Josh
Josh
2 years ago
Reply to  Zach Overholt

You guys call it “bar tape” but Jeff has a point because, let’s be real, if it’s as good as they claim I’m wrapping *everything* with it. Top tube wrap? Check. Crank arm wrap? Check. Tire wrap? Check? Saddle wrap? Check. Bottle wrap? Check. Wrap wrap? Check. That will surely add more than a couple lbs to my bike, so I definitely have an issue with the weight of this tape.

Josh
Josh
2 years ago
Reply to  Zach Overholt

@Zach – I’m sure it’s perfect for a great many things. I was just goofing on the dude (wrongly) complaining about the weight.

That said, I wonder how it would fare as elbow and knee wrap? I mean, it’s about as thick as my i7s…

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

I’ve got a bit of a wonky hand, and love Wolftooth’s biggest grips, so I’ll be trying this stuff soon.

They key to the weight issue is simple. Weigh your bike once, when it’s brand new, then install the stuff that makes it enjoyable to ride, but never weigh it again…..

Robin
Robin
2 years ago

Is the Big 40 what used to be Zevlin’s tape?

David
David
2 years ago

Supple Bar tape noticeably increases the diameter of the bars. I tried it on my Lynskey gravel bike, which has standard diameter bars. It is a bit trickier than standard bar tape to wrap due to the thickness. It has great cushioning, especially on the tops, and is just the right level of tackiness for me – so I wanted it to work. However, it makes the reach to the levers undesirably long from the drops, even with the reach adjustment on my Shimano levers set to minimum, so I will be swapping out the tape. (I prefer the levers closer than on my road bikes to make grabbing them easy even on a rough descent. Also, on the inside circumference of the drops, the bar tape is thicker because it overlaps more, which is exaggerated with thicker tape). I wear small gloves so YRMV; with bigger hands, it probably doesn’t matter as much. I’ll go back to 3mm tape and use bar gel on the tops or double up the tape there.

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