Interbike 2015: ESI’s freakishly tenacious tape

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The power of silicone
The power of silicone

Alright all of you our in Internetters: Here’s a fascinating product that we can see dozens of uses for- but suspect that there are plenty more that haven’t even occurred to us.  At Interbike, grip makers ESI were keen to show off their latest groundbreaking product:  sticky tape.

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SONY DSC

After cutting off a length and handing it over, the ESI folks warned that once touched to itself the silicone material would start to bond within seconds, and cure permanently within two minutes.  They noted that the tape sticks to itself like crazy- but not to anything else that isn’t silicone.  Sure enough, by the end of the conversation the taped had cures in place and wrapped fingers required scissors to free.

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Selectively tenacious

Suggested uses include repairing or adding texture to ESI grips, protecting chainstays, and wrapping handlebars to fix slipping light mounts.  A testament to its strength, ESI had even used the tape to secure an 8′ flag above their booth.

Slip-free light mount
Slip-free light mount

So the stuff is strong, stretchy, and can be cut away without leaving any residue, and ten-foot rolls sell for £8.  We have a roll and haven’t decided what to do with it yet.  Suggestions?

esigrips.com

evolutionimports.co.uk

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