From a Land Down Under
This Small Tasmanian Brand Is Making Some of Our Favorite Bar Tape
When it comes to handlebar tape for your road bike, there aren’t really too many options out there. If you have a high-performance road bike, you get Fi’zi:k bar tape. If your steel road bike is worthy of riding L’Eroica California, Brooks is your play. And if you ride a hot pink Pinarello Dogma, then you get hot pink Supacaz tape to match. But what if you want to express yourself less than Supacaz but more than Fi’zi:k? Enter Burgh Cycling.
Burgh is a small brand based in Tasmania that makes some of our favorite bar tapes available. It was founded in 2017 to “collaborate and create meaningful relationships with the cycling community.” But beyond that, Burgh’s mission is to make bar tapes that work in the harshest conditions by providing comfort and grip without sacrificing on style. Burgh’s bar tapes feature graphics and patterns that are subtle and refined, yet stand out from the crowd. The tapes are made from a unique polymer blend that makes them supple and grippy without feeling squishy. To clean them, all you need to do is wipe them down with a damp cloth. That’s it.
We have the X Stealth bar tape installed on a test bike and couldn’t be more impressed thus far. It’s comfortable and has a subtle hint of style. If you’re in the market for a bit more grip this winter and a bar tape that’s easy to clean, Burgh is worth a look.