I'd go 5 Stars but it's not worn out yet
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The gecko is awesome so far. BUT..... I don't have the widest road bars. I own another road bike that I'm confident I could not have reached the end without cheating out some extra material, which is unacceptable in my standards. On this cross bike it's amazing. I'm beyond OCD about bar tape installation and often volunteer to wrap bars for any friend who mentions they may get new bar tape. Each brand of bar tape has an attitude of its own, and this one is a little temperamental. But I quickly found out how it liked to lay down and proceeded to install. For being a rubberized bar tape it had way more padding than I expected. Also people complain about the sticky tape on the back being too sticky... This is how tape was made 15 years ago and I love it. It gives even more confidence that someone who rolls their wrists a bunch isn't going to twist the tape. As for pealing it off when renewing, that's just part of the game. As of now, it's awesome but I would say you need to be a 8 out of 10 installer. This isn't the tape to start with if it's your very first rodeo. But it's still only half as hard as Fizik's high end stuff that takes a masters degree in bar tape installation along with an OCD roadie attitude.
-There's no slack and don't plan on having to cut any off.
-It's got very sticky tape on the inside to contact the bar.
-It probably shouldn't be the tape you learn to wrap with.