Taped Up
Monday January 18th 2010, 1:00 am
Filed under: Observational Review

Why do they do this? I like wrapping bars, like cleaning derailleur pulleys or building wheels, it’s one of my favorite things to work on a bike. But when bars are designed like this, it makes me wonder how far up these bars should be taped, does 3T want their logo and model name obscured? Am I missing something? I decided to tape just up to the 3T logo on the left side there, but the model name had to be left half showing on the right. Nice and clean.


How far up to wrap?

They’re not the only ones that do this either, but they come to mind most readily. For instance, these Ergonova Team bars also by 3T have this sharp-looking racing stripe going down the front face of the drops that is just going to get covered by tape. Why bother? Are there any pros out there riding non-taped bars? Is a bareback trend developing that I’m not aware of? Is this why clear, gummy handlebar tape has come around?

Another example of mildly odd bar design are these by FSA, the K-Force handlebar.┬áThe oversize bulge steps down abruptly, which is fine, but what’s odd in terms of wrapping, is the angle they chose the step down. It doesn’t meet the angle of the tape equally; it’s just weird. (These bars have cool racing stripes up the drops that also get covered by tape). Sometimes an aesthetic becomes invisible, sometimes it obstructs, either way I scratch my head wondering why.

However, it’s not a big deal really, just a minor curiosity for me. To be sure, the combination of bar and stem on this Cannondale, to me, are especially well-designed. The 3T cutout in the stem being highlighted by the white color band of the bars is particularly hot.

Nice reveal

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What about the reverse relief that was impossible to tape to?

Comment by Brian B 01.18.10 @ 10:07 am

Those were the FSA K-Force bars I mentioned.

Comment by presta 01.18.10 @ 10:37 am

other people like cleaning pulleys? i thought i was a weirdo.

Comment by johnny gaijin 01.18.10 @ 6:24 pm

You too! I thought I was the only one. I get into it too with dental tools and all.

Comment by presta 01.19.10 @ 11:02 am

guess i should pay closer attention

Comment by Brian B 01.19.10 @ 9:38 pm

i wrapped a set of zipp handlebars yesterday. then today the customer returned to have me remove a few inches of wrap from the top.
“i don’t really use the bar for holding on to. it’s more just for bling.” said the rich old white man.


Comment by johnny gaijin 01.23.10 @ 2:47 am

Isn’t the logo there to sell you the bars BEFORE you tape it up? If you leave the logo exposed your’e just a corporate tool.

(joke, guys)

Comment by Dave Morse 02.12.10 @ 2:01 pm

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