Inspired by advancements in running shoe foam and F1 tires as well as our own research into rolling efficiency, impedance and damping, we realized that new materials technology could allow for a significant improvement in bar tape. Using a laminate of SILCAthane, SILCAlon and 3M Visco-elastic adhesive instead of a single foam extrusion, the tape can be optimized across a range of desired features. The resulting tape has a softer, more comfortable feel, higher wet and dry grip, better vibration isolation, and 3-5x the durability of existing tape materials. Since the actual wrap of the tape can be as important as the tape itself, we’ve also developed a full adhesive backed ‘butterfly’ to better cover the back of the lever clamp area without adding bulk, a high grip finishing tape and expanding aluminum/composite end plugs to ensure every detail is perfect.
I've used this bar tape three times in a row and have had a great experience with it. No complaints. There is a great amount of cushion given it isn't very thick and it has excellent tacky grip. I've tried the all black and the black with white fiore and both have a very clean, pro look. No problems with wrapping, just make sure to tug hard.
I usually use thicker tape so when I went on my first ride with the fiore tape it felt skinny and I was unsure how well it would soak up road vibration. Turns out it cuts out the majority of the high frequency road buzz and feels amazing, another major point is that it's super grippy and inspires much more sprinting confidence than thick and squishy tapes. Yes it's pricier than most and you should take your time to install it properly, but I can only say from my experience that it's a winner.
Now on my second set of Fiore tape. Been pretty happy with the tape. Seems comfortable for road and gravel. Big ups to the finishing tape (the bit that is supplied to finish the wrap). I had to remove and rewrap back to the shifter about 4 times on the first lot of tape. That black finishing tape just kept on keeping on. Brilliant.
Best bar tape ever! Definitely the go to gravel bar tape. Grip, comfort, durable, this stuff is Nasty!