In 1983 Antonio Colombo invented an entirely new “feeling” in the history of cycling bartape: Cinelli Original Cork Ribbon. Upon its release this grippy, spongey but durable and ultralight mix of EVA and natural cork immediately rendered bar tapes of the day (made from cotton or vinyl) technologically null. Within the space of a few short years the tape became an industry standard, spontaneously adopted by professional and amateur riders across the globe and copied (poorly) by every major cycling brand in the world.
While today Cinelli’s bar tape range is broad and varied with options to suit an infinite range of styles and personal preferences, Original Cork Ribbon – still made with the identical “secret recipe” of EVA and natural cork of 1982 – remains technologically unmatched in its essential balance of ultra lightweight, durability, grip, comfort and, of course, sophisticated aesthetics.
Accordingly, serious riders across the globe still know that Cinelli Original Cork Ribbon is the bar tape for superior racing bicycles.