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curious here.
so, a few questions:
- what are people using for bar wrap on drop bar 29ers?
- what are people using under the wrap, if anything? vibration damping pads, etc?

i'm refreshing the wrap on my long distance gravel road 29er and i thought i'd see what people are using. i had wtb trail grips cut long ways lining the top of the bar from behind the brake levers to the end of the flat at the end of the bar. worked pretty good. but i know it's all compressed and stuff so i'm refreshing it.
thanks.
 

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I'm using a simple wrap with velox cork tape. I really don't feel the need for more cushion, I thing I could even ride it without tape, if it wasn't the lack of grip (no, I'm not tinking about do this). But my bike has a very forgiving rigid fork, a 485mm long Singular, so it eats lots of vibrations
 

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I'm using ESI Unwrapped Road Grips on both of my Midge setups. Works better then any of the pad/double wrap setups I've tried.

Note: I use Profile Gel tape on the upper half as I don't ride up there very often. So it allows me to use one package of ESI grips for 2 sets of bars.

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mwills said:
curious here.
so, a few questions:
- what are people using for bar wrap on drop bar 29ers?
- what are people using under the wrap, if anything? vibration damping pads, etc?

i'm refreshing the wrap on my long distance gravel road 29er and i thought i'd see what people are using. i had wtb trail grips cut long ways lining the top of the bar from behind the brake levers to the end of the flat at the end of the bar. worked pretty good. but i know it's all compressed and stuff so i'm refreshing it.
thanks.
 

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Matt, I'm using a wrap of Salsa cork and an overwrap of Salsa leather bar tape on top of that. I usually can't go without some gel padding, but this has been the best set up I've tried so far, which includes ESI, fizik gel under Bontrager gel wrap, double wrap using cloth first, then cork, or even Oury grips on the drop ends.
 

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One layer of any padded bar tape only in the drops followed by a full layer of cloth tape from end to end. Lasts durn near forever and the cloth tape doesn't rip.
 

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iamthewalrus said:
One layer of any padded bar tape only in the drops followed by a full layer of cloth tape from end to end. Lasts durn near forever and the cloth tape doesn't rip.
Yep. I've got a full wrap of some type of bonty gel tape and then wrapped the whole thing with cloth tape. Works great and keeps your hands from slipping around.

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I'm using Specialized Bar Phat tape with gel pads underneath on the Monster Cross and the Fixie. Thinking of going to ESI wrapped with cloth though but my hands have numbness issues on 3+ hour rides. Otherwise the Bar Phat is tough to beat and only $20 or less retail on average. Where ESI is $50...and while I do love the grips on my 29er $50 is a bit (though guessing worth it.)
 

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Fizik Microtex. The suede-like texture is very grippy even when wet. It has minimal padding (which I like) and it isn't very thick. I think there are gel versions or you could double wrap. Oh and I like the smell for some reason.
 
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