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Genetic Silicone Bar Tape



Squidgy bar tape that offers loads of comfort and grip, plus it's probably the easiest I've ever fitted

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Genetic's Silicone Tape is very grippy, simple to use and even reusable, which certainly improves the value score.

  • Pros: Easy to fit and reusable
  • Cons: Limited range of colours

Unlike a lot of other tapes, the Genetic Silicone doesn't use any adhesives to stick to the handlebar, relying instead on its own tackiness to keep it in place – and it works well. After plenty of miles the tape hasn't budged at all, even on the high-wear areas like around the hoods.

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Comfort is great thanks to the squidgy feel of the material, and the slightly sticky feel means that grip is brilliant even with wet hands and no mitts on.

In the pack you get two rolls of tape each measuring 1.8m in length, so there is plenty of material going on for even the widest of bars especially when you give it a stretch.


This tape is hugely pliable which makes it very easy to fit and allows you to play around with the thickness too as you wrap it around the bar.

You also get two strips of tape for wrapping behind the levers to hide any gaps, but I found the tape so easy to manipulate that I didn't need to use them.


The great thing about that lack of glue is that if you don't get it right first time you can keep going until you do, plus if it starts to look a little worn or too dirty to clean you can unwrap it to give it a proper scrub. The same if you need to change your handlebar or a cable – no need to throw it away.

The tape has a retail price of £22.99 and yes, you can get cheaper, but for this type of tacky tape it's well priced against others we've recently tested.

For instance the Fizik Terra Microtex Bondcush Tacky tape offers plenty of grip and comfort just like the Genetic, but it'll set you back £32.99.

The very similar Guee Silicone bar tape costs £25.99.

Overall, the Genetic Silicone tape pretty much delivers it all for me when it comes to ease of fit, comfort and grip at a decent price. It's available in black, blue, pink, red and white, but a few extra colours would give more options for colour coding.

Genetic Silicone Bar Tape - black


Squidgy bar tape that offers loads of comfort and grip, plus it's probably the easiest I've ever fitted test report

Make and model: Genetic Silicone Bar Tape

Size tested: 2x1.8m per side (un-stretched).

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Genetic says, "Superb quality, comfortable high density foam handlebar tape. Use with or without gloves.

"Naturally grippy double sided and stretchable allowing you to custom tune and re-tune your handlebar tape fit and feel."

Really good bar tape that has excellent grip, comfort and ease of use.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

From Genetic:

Naturally grippy material.

Reusable without adhesives.

Reversible, profiled section can be fitted 2 ways.

Stretchable for custom fit density.

Shock absorbing comfort.

Durable, weather resistant natural finish.

2x1.8m per side (un-stretched).

2 plugs, finishing tape and lever clip covers.

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Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Great, it's wearing well and is easy to clean.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Grippy in all conditions.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Limited colour options.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

It sits towards the lower price range of this type of bar tape.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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It's comfortable, grippy and easy to fit.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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