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Silca introduces Nastro bar tapes for more cushion, better grip and easier installation

Published May 8, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Silca has created a new type of bar tape it claims has improved comfort, grip and durability.

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The Silca Nastro Fiore and Nastro Piloti bar tapes were inspired by recent developments in running shoes, F1 tires and Silca's own research into rolling efficiency, impedance and damping. The 2.5mm Fiore tape provides cushioning and comfort equivalent to existing 3.2mm tapes, while the 1.85mm Piloti tape equates to existing 2.5mm tapes.

Built from a laminate of "Silcathane," "Silcalon" and 3M Visco-elastic adhesive, the tape feel can be optimized for different riders using different wrap directions and techniques. The tape improves on existing materials, offering a softer, more comfortable feel, better grip in wet and dry, improved vibration isolation and durability.

Addressing a significant deficiency in existing tape packages, Silca developed an adhesive-backed "butterfly" to better cover the back of the lever clamp area without adding bulk. Rounding out the kit are high-grip finishing tape and expanding aluminum/composite end plugs to enable a neat taping job from end to end.

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