You don't have to love the stones.

One venerable Roubaix-winning hard man mutant from the peloton insists that, in order to win that race, you have to love the stones. While that may be true, you don't have to love the abuse they heap on your hands. Lizard Skins' DSP 3.2mm Bar Tape brings a healthy thickness of dense padding that, rather than puff out your bars, provides firm support to absorb road noise. The tape also rocks a cross-hatched pattern to keep your grip securely on the bars in all manner of conditions.

  • Firm padding adds comfort, not bulk
  • Cross-hatched texture for increased grip in inclement conditions
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

One of my favorite bartapes

    I like this tape because I like a thicker grip to my bar. This bartape is solid and grippy and adds that extra bulk.


      If you like a good grip and thicker tape, this is for you. Lizard Skins has a nice grippy feel and comfortable on the hands if you don't ride with gloves.

      Not for high milers

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Winced at the price, but loved it at first. Wears and tears at usual hand positions after too few miles compared to Cinelli or Fizik.

      Straight up crap

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I put this on my backup bike less than a year ago. In that time I've ridden it a hand full of times (maybe 20). At first, I really liked it but now, after almost a year of light use, it is starting to fall apart. I know bar tape does not last forever, but I have had bar tape that I have used much much more and have gotten far better results.

      Straight up crap

      Thank you for the review Tony.

      I put the 2.5mm version on my bike a few years ago, road a few hundred miles and then life (work, family stuff) took over. My bike hung in my garage almost 2 years before I lost weight and began riding again. My bar tape shredded the same as yours and the red color bleaded onto my gloves. It was a hot uphill tough 2 hour ride.

      Anyway, I figured the bar tape issue was due to the extream heat changes over the past two years since the bike sat in the garage.

      I do like the tapes comfortable feel, grip and look so I'm going to buy more. It is expensive for bar tape, but cheep compared to everything else you buy for riding. Need to replace my Assot bib $$$.

      Yeah, I know it's a chore to replace bar tape but hopping on a slick looking bike is worth the $30-40. IMO.

      Substantial goodness

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Thicker than average, I love this 3.2 mil bar tape. I have this on both my drop-bar bikes now, and I won't deviate in the future. Super comfortable, good grip, deals with sweat well.

      Grippy and well padded

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Grippy bar tape even when wet, perfect for riding with bare hands. 3.2mm thickness works incredibly for reducing fatigue.

      Lizard Skins DSP 3.2mm Bar Tape

        This bar tape is great! It is thick but cushy and makes your bike ride much more enjoyable.

        Don't do it

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've put this tape on two bikes, 3.2 and 2.5 versions. It feels great but within couple of months the surface starts to wear through at pressure points. For the money this is unacceptable. Also end caps are poorly designed, especially for the thicker tape. I wound up trashing them and using an old Sram pair.

        Had exactly the same experience. Less than a season in, and it starts to flake. Finally went with the Fizik 3mm and that holds up a lot better.

        You'll Want This for All Your Bikes

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is some of the best tape I've found. It's thick and damps vibrations well so it's perfect on my gravel bike. It's been incredibly durable which makes it worth the extra cost and is very grippy, even when wet. I can't go back to other bar tape.

        Extra Cushion for the Pushin

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I got this for my gravel bike where I needed a little my padding for rough gravel roads. I have been using Lizard Skins DSP bar tape since it first came out and have always loved the grip it provided especially since I tend to not ride with gloves. The only issue I have with it is you are not supposed to stretch the tape as you install it. If you are looking for a little more cushion on your road or gravel bike this would probably be the best choice.

        Treat yourself!

          Skimping out on bar tape and opting for the cheapest option is a big mistake! Your bars are a main contact point, spend some cash on good bar tape. The 3.2 version will give you extra comfort on those long rides. It did the trick on a six day bike packing trip in Colorado this summer. Highly recommended!

          Really Great Stuff

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Just for some context, I'm coming from some super cheap cork tape. I cannot believe I have been riding that cheap bar tape for years when I could've been riding this LS bar tape. It feels better without gloves than the cork bar tape did with gloves. Use some gel gloves with this 3.2 tape and you will feel hardly any vibration from the road. I still prefer riding with glove on longer rides, but on shorter rides, going gloveless feels amazing. Definitely would recommend!

          What cobbles?

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Just kidding, I don't really ride cobbles - but with this bar tape, my hands probably wouldn't notice even if I did. I forgot my gloves on a commute and everything was A-OK. Nice and squishy, good grip, and I like the bright green color quite a bit.

          Super Cushy

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          This tape has nice grip and a great cush to it. Using on my commuter bike and definitely would recommend.

          Hand Pillows

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Cushy, tons of grip in all weather conditions, and great color options. What more to ask? Oh, no stretching on install.
          Definitely the best we carry.

          Great cushioning

          • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

          "I've tried a bunch of different bar tape but this one is my favorite. Tacky, great grip and the cushioning is fantastic, especially on rough roads and gravel. I just wish they offered a plain dark grey color."

          Good bye hand pain

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have used Lizard Skins for the past few years and cannot find a reason to use bar tape from another company. The DSP series of tape is high quality and durable. The 3.2mm version is great for gravel bikes and bike packing set ups, or for riders that have hand pain on their drop bars.

          Most Durable/Comfortable Tape Avialable

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Perfect for road or cross this tape has kept rolling smooth longer than any other tape I've tried and install is a breeze. I've used this tape for several cross and road seasons, it holds up to crashes (CX) and is easy to clean.

          Great bar tape

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Excellent cushion and grip (regardless of weather condition). No need for gloves. Easy to clean up and looks new longer than cork.
          Can be difficult to apply.

          Great Padding for Long Rides!

            After about 20 miles my feet, butt and hands start to get numb. When the hands go numb things can get dangerous. I use the 1.8mm tape on my cyclocross race bike and it's only a fraction softer than riding with no tape at all.

            Great Padding for Long Rides!