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Nastro Piloti Bar Tape
When Silca comes to market with a new product, it goes all in with the research and development. It's latest item, Nastro Piloti Bar Tape, uses technology utilized in running shoe foam and F1 tires creating significant improvements over traditional bar tape. Nastro Piloti uses a laminate of SILCAthane, SILCAlon, and 3M Visco-elastic adhesive instead of a traditional single foam extrusion, allowing for optimization of the tape across a range of desired features.
As a result, the tape is softer, more comfortable, has better wet and dry grip, better vibration damping, and up to 3 to 5-times the durability of existing tape materials. The wrap and finishing of the tape weren't overlooked either and Silca developed a full adhesive backed ‘butterfly’ design to better cover the back of the lever clamp area without adding bulk, a high grip finishing tape, and expanding aluminum and composite bar end plugs ensure a pro-level tape job.
- Silca's 1.85mm thick Tri-Laminate tape delivering similar cushioning to 2.5mm tape
- Racecar inspired Dual-Tread deboss provides High or Max Grip depending on wrap
- Aluminum expanding bar-end plugs are a nice touch
- PU finishing tape offers a pro-level finish
- Butterfly shaped brake clamp covers without the bulk
- Item #SLCD015
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I commented on another poster below regarding the wrapping, it does take more care to wrap than most other tapes I've tried but the end result is pretty exceptional. The little butterfly piece is genius and makes taping around the hoods cleaner and easier than anything else I've tried. You can tell how durable the stuff is when you try to cut it with scissors to finish the wrap, my shop scissors couldn't cut it, needed the wife's 'good' scissors (don't tell;-). Aluminum end caps are way nicer than anything I've seen before, but the biggest benefit is the sweaty/rainy grip of the stuff, by far the best wet tape I've used. I've put this on 2 bikes now and just installed the thicker version on my CX bike,
This is probably the gripiest tape I've experienced. I wrapped one side in "High Grip" and the other in "Max Grip", to compare. They are both very grippy. There is a difference, but it is subtle, imo. It's only been a few months so I can't comment too much on durability, but it has held up so far, only showing evidence of wear on the top bend (where I pivot my hands when transitioning from tops to hoods--and how much wear that is, is debatable). No problem getting a good clean wrap either. General comfort is good as well.
I put some Cinelli tape on another bike recently because I had it around, but I don't think it will stay on long, and I will be replacing it with more of this Silca tape.
Wrap is difficult to get smooth
I wanted to try this bar tape but found that it was much more difficult to get a smooth wrap than the Lizard Skin DSP tape I usually use. This Silca tape would have bulges as I wrapped it around the shifters and I just couldn't get it to look good. I changed back to Lizard Skin. It may just be my technique or my Enve bars but I can't recommend.