Fizik Terra Microtex Bondcush Tacky bar tape review

Expensive and not the easiest to fit or re-fit, but once it's on, it’s great tape for rougher rides all year round

Fizik Terra Microtex Bondcush Tacky bar tape
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Cyclingnews Verdict

A super comfortable, noticeably fatigue-reducing and grippy bar tape, but it's awkward to fit and comes at a price


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    Fatigue-reducing comfort

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    Lack of elasticity makes it hard to fit and even harder to reuse

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Fizik does a range of several different road bar tapes under the Vento and Tempo ranges with further subsets of tackiness, thickness and cushioning, one of which has even earned a spot in our roundup of the best bar tape. The Terra range is designed for gravel riding though so it only comes in one thick, well-damped, sticky compound format.

To be precise, it uses ‘Bondcush’ a shock-absorbing polymer foam centre with an external skin of textured Microtex synthetic leather in a soft compound that stays very grippy whether wet or dry. A sticky gel layer (rather than adhesive tape) adds further damping and also theoretically makes the tape easier to re-use.

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