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Selle SMP - Bar Tape Grip Gel

Selle SMP Bar Tape Grip Gel

64% Off
$19.49 Original price:$54.00
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Item #SLL001O




Tech Specs

High-Performance Polymer, Gel
Recommended Use:
road cycling

Bar Tape Grip Gel

Long renowned for providing comfortable saddles, Selle SMP is entering into another touch point territory that’s sure to bring comfort there as well, handlebar tape. Its Bar Tape Grip Gel is a 3mm thick, High-Performance Polymer tape with a layer of gel underneath that provides plenty of vibration absorption over rougher roads and gravel. Additionally, the micro-perforated pattern offers excellent breathability and grip and works well with or without gloves on and provides an excellent handhold, even in the rain.

Selle SMP's made in Italy Bar Tape Grip Gel is the perfect addition to any bike, especially if it has an SMP saddle on it, and comes with tri-color bar end plugs, extra strips for behind the levers, and finishing tape and is available in the colors Black and White.

  • Selle SMP's foray into handlebar tape
  • 3mm thickness helps absorb road noise
  • Perforated pattern improves grip and breathability
  • Gel layer further damps chatter
  • Come with plugs and finishing tape

Works for me

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've used Fizik for years but for $19, decided to try the Selle tape. It wrapped just fine and feels great to ride on. I've ridden over 3K miles on the tape and will order another couple rolls for my next 3K miles.

Beautiful, but ripped

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Ripped right at the shifter/ brake lever junction while wrapping the bars of my Merlin Empire. Well, it would have looked nice. But, it was just 20 bucks so I just told the mechanic to chuck it and use Black Shimano Pro tape.


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The bar tape ripped as I was applying it, and I wasn't even stretching it that much. Feels very plastic, too.

Quality is not on par

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Firstly, the tape is rolled in a tight wad and stored in the packaging. The back of the tape has mild adhesive on it, and upon rolling out the wad of tape; some of the adhesive pulled part of the front of the tape from its base layer and pretty much ripped the tape from the get-go. This tape is not durable or rip proof compared to other's that I have used. Firstly, it is not well made due to the the fact that the front of the tape pretty much delaminated while being unrolled. Secondly, the tape did indeed rip upon applying mild pressure (which is required to wrap your bars). I would totally return or exchange this tape if I could; however, seeing as how it ripped right out of package, I don't think that is possible. Selle, please stick to saddles. Do not recommend this bar tape.

Great Tape

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I saw it marked way down and snagged the black tape thinking let’s see what $50 bartape is like. It’s awesome. It has been a great experience from the packaging to the road. I was happy to see they leave the annoying paper strip on the adhesive out. Those things are the worst. It has a relatively thick and smushy feel and it has the best stretchiness I’ve ever encountered when wrapping. Other brands are thick and plush, but have a separate surface that can wrinkle and eventually peel like a lizard’s skin. This stuff is one ultra-fine substance all the way through. It’s rubbery but not too tacky. I might prefer a touch more grip but it’s fine. I’m impressed.