Specifications at a glance
Some people are so passionate about cycling that they intend to find the best tool for their bicycles. If you are one of them and searching for a cork bar tape, soma thick and zesty handlebar tape could be the right thing for you. It comes with EVA resin that has the ability to enhance balance, strength, and stretchiness of the bike handle. Read the full review to know if this soma bar tape serves the right purposes for you.
Bar tape is required to help the biker get a firm grip and added balance while riding the bicycle. It is necessary to enhance the overall cycling experience of the cyclist. These cycling tools seem trivial, but they contribute greatly to the ease and comfort of riding a cycle. Keep on reading to get an insight into the efficacy of a Soma Thick and Zesty Cork Bar Tape.
Whom is this product ideal for?
This product is suitable for the cyclers. One can also use this for motorcycles too if required. This bar tape is the most ideal for the bikers who ride on road bikes and love to do stunts using their bicycle.
Key Features of Soma Thick and Zesty Cork Bar Tape
The smoothness of cycling largely depends on the handle of a bike. A cycler will enjoy the ride if it allows him/her to have a strong and balanced hold of the handlebar. Let’s find out the key features of the discussed bar tape from the following section.
1. Cork and EVA Blended Tape
The main constituent of its material is a special blend of EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate). This resin material has the ability to enhance the strength and stretchiness of the tape.
2. Water Resistant Tape
This bar tape is water resistant, and it also absorbs vibration and doesn't comply with oxidation. The most interesting thing about this feature is it doesn't become slippery in the rain. Usually, waterproof resin gets slippery in the rain.
3. Adhesive Backing
This tape has adhesive on the back. The glue helps the tape get to stick to the bar intimately and strongly.
4. Enough Length with Bar Plugs
Soma Thick and Zesty Cork Bar Tape are long enough to wrap a whole handlebar. And the bar plugs secure the tape at both ends of the handlebar.
Common Questions and Answers
- Question : What is the difference between PVC and EVA? Answer :
Eva is ethylene vinyl acetate, and PVC is polyvinyl chloride. EVA is more eco-friendly than PVC.
- Question : Is it striated? Answer :
No. It is plain.
I recently purchased this cork bar tape. Here’s what I have found after one month of using this tape.
I went on a long cycling tour after wrapping this tape around the handlebar. It was easy installing the tape. The adhesive was strong and held the tape in the right place. I had no trouble having a firm grip. The tape added strength to my grip and enhanced the beauty of my bike. This tape is as good as soma double cross disc. Even, I rode on this cycle on a rainy day. The tape didn’t get slippery.
It is very easy to wrap this tape around the cork bar. Just get rid of the previous tape and apply the new one afterward. Ensure that the bar end plugs stay in the right place.
How to wrap and clean Soma Fabrications Thick and Zesty Cork bar Tape?
Knowing how to wrap a bar tape is the first challenge for cycler if he wants to get service from the tape. There’s nothing much about maintaining this tape. Only cleaning will do well in this regard.
1. How to wrap the tape?
- Pries the old end plugs from the bar and gets rid of the residue of the previous tape.
- Seal the brake and gear cables with the bar using electric tape.
- Start wrapping the new tape from the bar end.
- Wrap evenly so that the adhesive get glued perfectly.
- Use electric tape if any gap appears.
- Plug the bar ends to seal the deal.
2. How to clean it?
You’ll need light dish soap, a few pieces of clean rags or sponges and water or a hose. Put a few drops of dish soap into the water. Dab the rag or sponge in the light soap solution. Now remove the excess water by squeezing the rag. Now rub the rag onto the bar tape and scrub away the visible dirt. Once the rubbing is done, use another rag soaked with clean water and rinse the bar tape to get rid of the soap. Let the bar tape air dry, and your tape should be shining like new.
The customers are satisfied with this bar tape. It provides with great balance for strength and stretchiness. There are some complaints too. According to the complaints, this bar tape lacks damping prowess in case of longer rides. And the tape isn’t reusable as the adhesive don’t work more than once.
Our Final Thoughts
You might be waiting for our final thought all this time while reading the review. Well! We are also very keen to let you know our final verdict. You can buy this cork bar tape for regular uses. To go on a long ride with your bike, a striated bar tape will work better. Having said that, we recommend using this bar tape if you want proper balance, great grip and shock and vibration resistance from your handlebar. Wrap it up with Soma Thick and Zesty Cork Bar Tape to get an amazing biking experience.