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Deda Soft Touch handlebar tape – review

Deda’s range of finishing kit not only includes bars and stems, but handlebar tape too. So if you’re after the pro look you can have your entire cockpit kitted out with products from a single manufacturer.

The ability of bar tape in deadening road vibration is one of the main reasons for upgrading your bar tape as it’s one of the areas bike makers can easily cut a small cost. Not only can a change of tape improve rider comfort but it can also refresh a bike’s look, especially so with Deda given the wide range of colours available – 20, in fact, with wonderful names like Pink Panther, Bishop Violet and Sea Foam Green.

While Deda’s tape is thick, it’s not so thick as to make the bars uncomfortable. Having said that, riders with small hands may find it a little more troublesome as it does increase the overall diameter of the bars, but it’s that thickness which makes the Deda tape feel so good and it has enough give in the compound for it to soak up vibrations carried through the bike.

Wrapping the tape was a pleasant experience. Unlike some brands I’ve used, the tape didn’t tear when pulled taut as I worked my way around the bar’s curves. The self-adhesive backing was not too sticky either, which meant the tape could be peeled back and rewrapped as necessary to find the perfect finish. The supplied finishing tape is as acceptable as any, but ultimately electrical tape is a better solution for almost all finishing tape and I’ll almost certainly replace it with some as soon as it starts to peel.

Deda haven’t added a particularly textured finish to the tape, but what you do get is an almost suede-like feel to the tape with the Deda logo debossed at regular intervals. The overall effect is a surface that doesn’t allow your hands to slip but is comfortable enough to use without gloves.

Conclusion

A change of bar tape can quickly and easily refresh the look and feel of a bike and the low cost of Deda’s tape it means you can change regularly too. Although my previous experience of Deda’s tape suggests that there’ll be no real need to keep changing as it’s proven itself to be hardwearing as well as comfortable.

Pros

– Wide variety of colours
– Sensible price
– Hard wearing

Cons

– Poor quality finishing strips

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