Shrunken Bison Leather Bar Tape / Rust

$99.00 Regular price

Our shrunken bison leather handlebar tape is a 100% USA grown and made product. The bison leather is raised and tanned in the US, and all of our cycling bar tape is made in our workshop in Austin, TX.

Our durable bison bar tape showcases the amazing hide characteristics this leather offers.  Our shrunken bison is highly textured with deep natural wrinkles for a strong grip and a unique feel. Each set will have a unique pattern that typically has a gradient of finer grain tapering to larger grain at one end.  The hides are hot processed in oil to create the shrunken effect, which enhances the texture and the extra oils in the hide make it the most durable leather we’ve ever found. Ideal for bikes that will need to withstand the heaviest elements on expedition and off-road riding. This tape is durable enough to withstand impacts and is repairable with conditioner. 

Our shrunken leather bar tape is made from 6ft/2m + long seamless strips with tapered edges.  Due to the nature of the raw hides used to make this product, the bar tape can vary in length and not every item we have in stock may fit extra wide drops.  If you are looking to use our tape on extra wide drop bars please call or email us before your order so we may verify you get an extra-long pair that will fit your bars. 

We strive to make local, sustainable cycling products for all cyclist and bicycle riders. 


2X Bar tape strips

2X Twine finishing cord 

2X Leather Bar Caps 

1x 1oz leather conditioner


Looking to wrap a handrail or other architectural application? Visit our sister company, Obsidian Leather Goods. 

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Nathan V.
United States United States

Love it

I found this bar tape a few years ago and always wanted to get some. I was actually able to get some used locally and after having it on my gravel rig for a while, the choice was clear when a new bike graced my garage. I love the look of this tape and the grip is great. The color was perfectly spot on to my saddle as well prior to wrapping as the stretch lightened it a little. But I suppose that is to be expected. Thanks!

Michael R.
United States United States

Great wraps

These are so much more substantial than anything else you can find. The Rust Shrunken Bison matched my Brooks saddle perfectly and fit the vibe of my Rivendell Homer Hilsen. Highly recommended.

Danny T.
United States United States

Great folks to work with!

The team make a very high quality product and were a pleasure to work with when I made a mistake in my order. Highly recommend.

Praxedis D.
United States United States

The leather looks beautiful!

The installation was super easy! The leather has a nice stretch for a snug fit. The end tucked into the bar nicely to making the end plug also easy to install. If o had one concern, I would recommend gel inserts underneath, as it may be not as plush as other synthetic bar tapes.

Dave M.
United States United States

Best of the best! Product’s Quality AND Customer Service!

Install was as tedious as one would think. Difficult… not at all. Just pay attention to detail and you’ll be stoked. The quality if this leather is above and beyond. If there’s any better, I’ve never seen it. I was even contacted about a question I had about installation on wide drops. Carson was a pleasure to deal with and they have made a customer for life. If you want the best, order with confidence; you will not be disappointed. Keep up the great work!!!