Gravel Grinder News: New Bar Tape from Wolf Tooth – New Storage Items From KOM

Gravel Grinder News: New Bar Tape from Wolf Tooth – New Storage Items From KOM – by Guitar Ted

In today’s Gravel Grinder News we have a new handle bar tape offering from Wolf Tooth and some new on-bike storage solutions from KOM Cycling. Let’s dig in…..

Overhead view of handle bar wrapped with Wolf Tooth's Supple Lite Handle Bar Tape as seen on Gravel Grinder News
Wolf Tooth’s new Supple Lite Handle Bar Tape is 2.5mm thick and 40mm wide.

Wolf Tooth “Supple Lite” Handle Bar Tape: Wolf Tooth introduced a new handle bar tape called “Supple Bar Tape” in June of 2020 featuring a 5mm thickness and a 40mm width. That tape might have been a bit too thick for some, so now Wolf Tooth has added a “Supple Lite” bar tape which debuts today. The tape is 2.5mm thick and also is 40mm wide, which is quite a bit wider than most handle bar tapes. Here is more information from Wolf Tooth’s press release:

A  box of Supple Lite Bar Tape
The Supple Lite Bar Tape is on test at Riding Gravel.
  • EVA foam compound absorbs vibrations and conforms to your hands for greater comfort.
  • Thickness can be adjusted from 2.5mm to 5mm based on the amount of overlap in your wrapping.
  • Easy to install. 3M adhesive backing keeps tape securely in place.
  • Soft, tacky texture keeps your hands from slipping in all weather conditions with or without gloves.EVA foam compound absorbs vibrations and conforms to your hands for greater comfort.
  • Thickness can be adjusted from 2.5mm to 5mm based on the amount of overlap in your wrapping.
  • Easy to install. 3M adhesive backing keeps tape securely in place.
  • Soft, tacky texture keeps your hands from slipping in all weather conditions with or without gloves.

Wolf Tooth claims it had tested this Supple Lite tape for two years and that it excels in all conditions. Wolf Tooth claims that the Supple Lite bar tape will provide more comfort and can be customized to have 2.5mm thickness to as much as 5mm thickness, depending upon how it is wrapped on a handle bar. Two rolls of tape, finishing plugs, and polyurethane finishing tape are included in the box for $29.95 USD. Supple Lite Handle Bar Tape can be found and purchased at www.wolftoothcomponents.com or wherever Wolf Tooth items are sold.

Look for a “Quick Review” on this product here at RidingGravel.com soon!

KOM Cycling Introduces The KOM Tube Strap and KOM Saddle Tool Roll: Fans of minimalist storage ideas will be interested in this next Gravel Grinder News item. The new KOM Tube Strap and the KOM Saddle Tool Roll are both items you may be familiar with, but KOM has added a new twist to the idea, or shall we say, a new ratchet dial? Typically you see hook and loop closures on this sort of product. However; those can fail over time. Buckles are fine, but they may slip and loosen, dumping your precious cargo on the road or trail. KOM addressed these issues with a ratchet dial system which should provide excellent security for your tools and tubes. KOM calls this dial system the ‘ATOP Reel Knob Lacing System’.

Following are some features of the KOM Tool Roll as provided to us here in a press release:

The new KOM Tool Roll as seen on Gravel Grinder News
The new KOM Saddle Tool Roll

KOM Saddle Tool Roll: Sleek, lightweight design with surprising storage capacity. PUV-coated shell protects items from water and road grit. ATOP dial for simple operation and tight, reliable storage.

KOM Cycling Tube Strap

KOM Tube Strap: Ultimate in minimal design for lightest weight. Inner straps keep items secure and organized. ATOP dial for simple operation and tight, reliable storage.

We’re always brainstorming and tinkering in search of innovative-but-simple solutions to common issues, and on-bike storage is an area we though could use some new ideas,” says Founder, Austin Loper. “With all the frame variations across all the bike categories, we knew it had to be easily installable in lots of different places, and the ATOP system opened up lots of options. And it’s so easy to open/close and more secure and durable than traditional hook-and-loop systems.

For more on these and other KOM Cycling products see the website here; https://komcycling.com/

NOTE: Some of the Images and information used in this Gravel Grinder News post were provided by KOM Cycling and Wolf Tooth Components.

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Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004, he has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and backroad events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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