We round up seven of the best sets of handlebar tape to see which comes out on top


7 of the best bar tape: Deda

Deda Mistral £8

Handlebar tape review: Deda Mistral £8

Score 7


It seems you get what you pay for when it comes to bar tape. While Lizard Skins bar tape had a lovely feel and was easy to apply, the extra tenner, making it the most expensive on test, drops it a point.

If it’s cheap and cheerful you’re after, don’t overlook the Deda Mistral. It’s up to the job and won?t break the bank.

The one that ticked all the boxes, though, was Pro’s Digital Carbon Smart Silicone. At a very reasonable £16.99, it was impossible to fault, making it the best of this carefully selected seven.

  • SeanMcCuen

    yes, it is. happy hand slippage.

  • PS

    No it’s not. It’s crud. Expensive, looks awful, feels awful, and lasts about 1 week in hot weather.

  • A.J

    The CBoardman gel tape seems decent, at 9.99 a pack at Halfords and it comes with logoed screw in bar ends and brake lever tape, and one role did the job,easy enough to wipe clean with a wet wipe etc and its really grippy, got it on buy 2 get third one free offer as knowing our weather ill need the fresh roles especially in yellow but looks quality product and individualises my green and yellow Carrera crixus 2.

  • SeanMcCuen

    the best tape there is, period, is Specialized Velvet. never need gloves even on the hottest days, and lasts literally 2-3 times longer than most. black looks new after a whole summer.

  • Mick

    I have tried the 1.5, 2.5 and 3.2mm versions, all of which are very good, although I prefer the 3.2mm. At this time, this seems to be the best tape on the market.

  • Atganirider

    Feels great, but just won’t come clean. I’ve had the white and pink, but binned them off as they looked grubby after a few rides. In contrast, Deda Carbon effect tape in silver, gold and even white has proven durable and easy to clean over the course of several cyclo-cross seasons. With just a little effort and some washing up liquid, Deda Carbon comes up pristine