Grippy, vibration damping, long lasting, light; these are the main reasons I like Lizard Skins DSP handlebar Tape—along with over half the employees here at Art’s that have it on their bikes. I tend to prefer the 2.5mm thickness (63 grams) because it has just the right amount of cushion and isn’t too thick for bars such as the Shimano Pro Vibe 7S with a 31.8-millimeter diameter across the entire top of the bar. But for handlebars with traditional narrow tops, the cush available from the 3.2mm thickness (66 grams) is sublime. The 1.8mm thickness (57 grams) is great for folks with small hands or for crit racers that need extra feedback through the handlebars when pushing the limits of grip in the corners.
With the DSP tape on my ‘cross bike I never had to worry about my hands slipping off through the rough stuff. The vibration damping characteristics make aluminum handlebars feel almost like carbon while keeping the carpel tunnel problems in my right hand at bay further into a long ride than other tapes I’ve used. As a mechanic I love how easy it is to install. Cleaning the tape is easy as well. Rubbing alcohol, a rag, and a little elbow grease can really bring back the original color.
While Lizard Skins DSP Handlebar Tape costs a little more than most other tapes, it’s worth every penny to me. When you consider it lasts longer than most handlebar tapes, it actually works out to be cheaper in the long run. What’s not to like about that?