Deda was the first company to come out with handlebar tape to rival the undisputed leader in the market, at the time - Cinelli cork. The semi-spongy synthetic foam offered a nice contrast to the firm cork and immediately gained a huge following. Deda synthetic tape proves to be a winner season after season. Synthetic tape is offered in a plethora of colors and is very easy to wrap, although it can tear if you are not careful and pull it too tought.
Not a first time user of Deda tape, I've tried them all. I installed some carbon black a few months ago. I had to remove it a couple of times for maintenance reasons. Went back on like a champ, seems to stretch a little bit more with each new install. It came out looking as good as new. No sticky residue to deal with. A little on the thick side, but you can wrap it thin or thick. Only downside I can think of is it can be a tad bit slippery in the winter with certain long fingered gloves.Comes in an array of colors and the price is cheap. Another downer is it's so durable you might get tired of looking at it. Another biggie is the carbon black matches my Ritchey WCS C260 wet black stem (whoopi!)...
Pros: Great feel, easy install, durable
Cons: None I can think of
Ive ridden Cinelli cork for 20 years. Decided to try Deda for a change. I am hooked! This stuff wraps easily, has great grip and provides the right amount of cushioning. It also cleans up easily! If you are looking for a durable bar wrap give it a try, you wont be sorry.
I just wrapped some bars using Deda tape. It feels very similar to Cinelli Cork. I found it a little difficult to wrap as the stuff is so thick. Im pleased with the outcome. For the price, you cant beat it. I think bar tape might be the most overlooked component on your bike.
Just did a bar wrap with Deda for the first time and was so impressed with how fast and easily it lays down that I did a google search to see if others had found the same thing - just great stuff to work with! Wrapping bars isnt the hardest thing in the world, but it can be frustrating with some tapes I suppose and this stuff is simply fantastic!
I have moved away from Cinelli tape after using Deda. It was easy to work with, is a bit shorter in a roll, but I like to wrap it tight and it works well. I have used it on road and cross bikes both and it has held up very well. I would suggest over any other brand of tape out there if you like thinner tape in vivid colors!
This tape rocks. Cinelli gel stretched to oblivion, this tape does not. And, its not squishy at all. Its light but dense. Super easy to wrap. It does have an adhesive back but if youre careful, you can keep it intact for a re-wrap or two. Crazy thing was, I totally nailed it on my first try, both sides. A nice, thick, durable feeling tape. Im sold for life.
Very dissatisfied with tape. Had so much trouble trying to wrap bar, I reapplied old tape. Not a very flexible tape to wrap and would not lay flat against bar. Length of tape is also on the shorter length. Will not order Deda tape again.
We have found Deda Tape to be one of the easier tapes to wrap with - ed.
Deda bar tape is the way to go! The white is fantastic as it is really bright and doesnt have those nasty little specles that you find with other tapes. I have been running it, with great pleasure, for years. When it gets dirty, I just mist a damp cloth with some Simple Green and wipe it clean... It stays really tightly wrapped, doesnt spit out the bar-end plugs, and has a nice comfy feel for those who are more tactilely oriented. It comes in great colors and you cant beat the price... I wish everything in life could be as easy as Deda Bar Tape!!!
Hands down, this is the best tape for the money. I got a dozen boxes of this stuff for Christmas and couldnt be any happier! BUY THIS TAPE, its extremely easy to wrap and holds up after multiple re- wraps!
Buy far the best tape you can buy for the money. Great feel.
Been using it on my Derosa King for 3 years. Its as good as the bike.
My favorite tape by far. Easy to use and re-use. Ive re-wrapped my bars 2-3 time with the same tape and it works like a charm. Nice tacky feel as well. The best tape out there!
I agree with the other posters here. Deda tape is easier to work than Cinelli; cinelli can tend to rip when you are wrapping tightly. Deda tape is also reusable if you blow it the first time!
I cannot say enough about Deda tape. As a mechanic, it is simply the best. It goes on well: no overly annoying fear of ripping. As a rider it is even better. Over 1600 miles on a road bike, and Deda tape shows only minimal signs of wear. It is comfortable, too. the cushy padding makes it great for those of us who cannot do the squishy gel stuff. It also excels in the rain. It soaks up a little water, but has a squeegee (sp?) effect. simply wipe the rain right off the bars. I recommend this to anyone who is willing to give the best bar tape a shot!
If you like a thicker bar tape, this is your huckleberry. The Deda stuff seems to be just a bit more durable than the Cinelli stuff. Easy to work with, and looks good once the job is done. Classy colors too, no gross confetti stuff....