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Soma Thick and Zesty Synthetic Bar Tape

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Item #: GR249B00
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Soma Thick and Zesty Bar Tape

Primarily made of a special formulation of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) resin, the Thick and Zesty is the right balance of strength and stretchiness. It absorbs vibration, and is oxidation and water resistant. Soma has made the Thick and Zesty 2.5mm thick and 20mm longer than other bar tapes.

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Soma FabricationsSoma Thick and Zesty Synthetic Bar Tape
 
3.3

(based on 7 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Easy to install (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road biking (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

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    1.0

    Tore in half while installing.

    By Graham

    from NYC

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design

    Cons

    • Difficult To Install

    Best Uses

      Comments about Soma Fabrications Soma Thick and Zesty Synthetic Bar Tape:

      The brown colored tape was rumored to match the "honey" color of a Brooks saddle. I actually found it to be much lighter, but whatever.

      When I was installing it, I noticed two issues: one, the adhesive on the back of the tape comes off really, really easily, and tends to stick to the wrong thing (backing tape, the bar, etc.); two, the silly tape ripped right in half while I was putting tension on it to install.

      This is not the first time I've installed bar tape--far from it. But it was certainly the first time an installation ended with torn tape! Never again, going with Salsa gel tape instead.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Nice and smooth

      By Johnny Rebrl

      from Maine

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments about Soma Fabrications Soma Thick and Zesty Synthetic Bar Tape:

        Can't speak to durability, but this is nice, smooth, easy to install to tape. Stretches nicely. Not sure why extra strips weren't included for under the brake hoods, but the tape is extra long so I made my own from extra bits. The adhesive on the back was non-existent on one strip of the tape. Not a big deal, but "hmmm."

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Good stuff

        By iowinos

        from Kansas City, MO

        About Me Commuter

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Soma Fabrications Soma Thick and Zesty Synthetic Bar Tape:

          My go-to bar tape

           
          4.0

          Great Product for the Price

          By TMonster

          from Boulder, CO

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking

            Comments about Soma Fabrications Soma Thick and Zesty Synthetic Bar Tape:

            This installed easy and feels good on the bars. A great deal for the price range.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            It's alright

            By Jason

            from Vancouver, BC

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

            • Muted Color

            Best Uses

            • Casual Riding

            Comments about Soma Fabrications Soma Thick and Zesty Synthetic Bar Tape:

            The bar tape held up well when I took a fall. No rips, no tears, no unwinding. It's ok in that regard. Not sure I like the rest of it.

            I ordered mine in brown, hoping for a leathery colour. Nope. I'd say it's about #F0B75B in colour. Use a hex color picker to see what I mean. I was hoping for a leathery or slightly plasticky texture/look. Unfortunately, the surface feels like very fine open cell foam. It's soft, sure, but I was hoping for something more like the feel of a badminton racquet. The tape itself is pretty thick, and feels comfortable to hold.

            I was a somewhat surprised to find that the adhesive backing on the tape was provided by a strip of double sided tape, and not a strip of adhesive applied to the tape itself. What's the difference? The double sided tape has a tendency to come off the bar tape when pulled on. Not too big an issue once everything's wrapped though. The included finishing tape isn't very good. Not particularly sticky, stretchy, or nice looking. Stick to electrical tape or twine here.

            Overall, I guess this bar tape is very much a case of you get what you pay for. Mind you, I'd still get this if I wanted bar tape on the cheap. I just wish the colours were better.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Good bar tape!

            By Michael

            from Michigan

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable
            • Easy To Install
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Soma Fabrications Soma Thick and Zesty Synthetic Bar Tape:

              I've put this on a couple different bikes and it has held up very well. It's not as nice as some of the higher end stuff, but for the price it's a good option.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Yes it is

              By JD

              from Oakland CA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Install

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Biking

                Comments about Soma Fabrications Soma Thick and Zesty Synthetic Bar Tape:

                It is is pretty bar tape.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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