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nathasm said:
Does anyone have any suggestions for using road tape on a mountain bike? Brands, etc...

Also does anyone have any good pics of their set up with road tape?
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I use road bar tape because I can make the grips a custom width and diameter. I have big hands and like big and wide grips. By adding strips of the tape along the bar (under the wrappings) I can contour the grips to my hand and by adjusting the pitch of the wrappings the diameter can be adjusted along the bar. I start the wrapping at the shifter and work out, tucking some excess into the bar and whacking on a cap to terminate it (do not use the cheap chrome cap in the box!).

FYI - I use full finger gloves and grip is not a problem, but other than the customization lock-on grips are probably better. I use Performance (Forte) brand tape with gel. My wrappings last about 4-6 months - mostly due to damage at the bar end. Each box makes 2 grips for me because I use just over half the roll on each grip.
 

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nathasm said:
Does anyone have any suggestions for using road tape on a mountain bike? Brands, etc...

Also does anyone have any good pics of their set up with road tape?
.nathan.
I run roadie cork bar tape on my Jones H-bars.
It's the basic cork tape that seems to get sold under a bunch of brand names. Mine is the Serfas brand, but it's the same as my Cinelli tape on my road bike.

I run the cork tape because I like the padding thickness. It's just right for me, which is a subjective matter. I also like the smooth texture because it's effortless to move my hands/gloves. With rubber grips, they have a tacky surface that bunches up my gloves when move my hands.

Although I don't, some riders create unique shapes with their tape. This is a benefit because you address comfort and grip shape preferences easily by shimming areas with more or less tape underneath the final layer.

The cork tape isn't as durable as rubber grips and I find myself replacing it every 6 months. But on the plus side, one package is good for two applications because the tape is so long to fit the full length of drop handlebars.
 

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Forgot to comment on the removal of the bar tape...

It's super easy to remove. If you are slow and deliberate, you can remove where it stays intact and you can reapply latter.

If you are lazy and don't care, pull the tape off and it comes off, easy as pie.

It's way easier to remove bar tape than it is to remove rubber grips.

As for brands, they are all pretty much the same in terms of the cork variety.
Specialized does make a fatter padded tape that is plush, but I thought was too thick.
 
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