Lizard Skins DSP 3.2mm Bar Tape
When pro cyclists and teams face the ultra challenging "roads" of the Spring Classics and Monument races, most turn to the most practical and protective bar tape they can find. While several teams and many riders have sponsorship through Lizard Skins and can simply go right to the DSP 3.2mm Bar Tape, many other riders use it as well. When redesigning a beloved product that has become almost legendary for cyclists ranging from recreational to World Tour pro's, it became crucial for Lizard Skins designers to make real improvements without creating a product that didn't closely resemble the original, in this case the famed DSP Bar Tape. The Durable Soft Polymer product was ahead of it's time, delivering grip, feel, and durability in a bar tape that also protected the rider from vibration and impact. The DSP 3.2mm has outreach well beyond the pro peloton, with countless commuters, recreational cyclists, riders of all levels with carpal tunnel or neuropathy have literally and figuratively embraced it. The gravel and adventure world is onboard as well. So with V2, Lizard Skins made three key improvements that build off the success of the original, while feeling familiar and advancing overall performance.
The success of DSP has been a combination of the durability, stretch and inherent properties of the soft polymer. The V2 features a newly engineered polymer base that increases longevity and grip, while being more effective in harsh road conditions- all without adding thickness, so the line-up still offers 1.8mm, 2.5mm, and 3.2mm models. A new patterning has also been designed, which increases potential grip in all directions, and will shed water and perspiration more effectively. The third improvement was the development of a new screw-in bar plug, which engages the tape more effectively and when used properly should prevent accidental tape failure incidents, while being able to screw out makes removal just as simple as retention.
Still the choice of several pro cycling teams (and many individual pro's), Lizard Skin's DSP Bar Tape, is now also the tape of choice for the new-look Movistar Cycling Team. These cyclists spend an incredible amount of high stress time racing and training, and there is no such thing as compromise when it comes to even the least expensive piece of equipment on their bikes. Utterly reliable bar tape that offers grip, feel, and protection from winter training through the scorching heat off the road in high summer is not only crucial, but a personal imperative. Lizard Skins DSP allows the rider to relax their hands and grip without loss of control. It doesn't require a vise-like grasp to be effective. Ask any cyclist who logs miles over any terrain and they will tell you every opportunity they have to relax their hands- and in turn their forearms, triceps and shoulders- spares them energy and physical stress that impacts not only the day, but the next one as well.
With the growing gravel and adventure cycling culture, we have seen an increase in bar tape sales that often stress thick cushion and grip, and many such tapes are now available, but many cyclists prefer protection and grip with feel, and even the Lizard Skin's DSP V2 3.2mm bar tape may offer the ideal balance. We highly recommend it.
- 2nd generation lightweight Durable Soft Polymer handlebar tape with familiar feel and improved performance
- New V2 polymer developed to offer better grip, durability and protection at the same thickness as V1
- Newly designed grip pattern offers better multi-direction control; improved moisture release
- Screw-in bar plugs add more effective hold, prevents accidental release; while being easy to remove
- Feel, grip and control defy dry, wet conditions and high or low temperatures
- Excellent longevity; we recommend watching Lizard Skins bar wrapping video for optimal results
- Length: Two rolls offer 82" of tape, offering preferred wrapping overlap and fit for most wide bars
- Includes: Two finishing tapes, Two screw in bar plugs, 2 lever segments
- Colors: Several colors available- please see selection menu
- Thickness: 3.2mm
- Weight: 84 grams