Our Story

We are a Melbourne family company with over 50 years experience working leather, we also like to cycle. From cruising down to the cafe or shops or restoring old classics, we love bikes and everything cycling offers.

We created our products because we knew that we could make something better than we had been using. We love carbon fibre, but we also love steel, titanium and aluminium! We are not just about lycra and racing, but just riding your bike, so we developed a range of products that are suitable for all of our rides.

Our story began over fifty years ago when Silvio and his 3 brothers arrived in Melbourne from Italy with a dream to start their own leather production business. Using their skills in leather craftsmanship, the four brothers established a highly successful business, manufacturing high quality leather products for many industries including footwear, textiles, furniture, craft and sports.

The family business has been operating continuously since 1967 but with a new generation in the business came a new direction in leather craftsmanship. Though, we still to this day, supply the local Australian footwear industry, including Australia’s most famous and iconic boot makers, R.M. Williams.

We are proud to be Australian and that we produce our products right here in Melbourne from Australian leather. Where all manufacturing seems to be going to Asia, we are doing our best not to lose the skills that have been handed down through the generations by Keeping it Local!

We live and breathe cycling and our products are a result of this passion. They are for anyone who enjoys the freedom of riding a bike – we don’t discriminate.

Our Leather

Because it is awesome, it feels great, it smells great and we have decades of experience and heaps of skill working with it!

DiPell bar tape uses sports-tanned leather, designed for high durability, grip and comfort. The inherent fibre structure of this natural product combined with our in-house tanning technique allows DiPell handle bar tapes to be highly resistant to forms of abrasion expected in the world of competitive sports.

DiPell leathers also use sports-specific dyestuffs at a controlled pH, preventing the colour from running or fading. We use a dyed through leather, which means the colour penetrates all the way through the skin as opposed to commonly used surface painted leather. Combined with leather’s naturally breathable structure, DiPell products will disperse sweatband water while maintaining superior grip and leaving your hands feeling dry.

Using our in-house dual tapering system, our handlebar tapes interlock while wrapping. This means once wrapped, DiPell leather tape will not move or lift its edges even under intense use. Made from selected hides with no joins so bar tapes are single-piece and completely seamless!

The end result is a high-quality, durable handle bar tape that comes at a weight only slightly heavier than conventional synthetic bar tapes.
Key Features:

  • Sports-tanned leather, specifically developed for the rigours of serious competition, dispersing sweat and water while maintaining grip.
  • Our leather tape wears in; where as synthetic tape wears out, so our leather improves with time.
  • Lightened leather bar tape for competition, so you get all the benefits of leather without paying a penalty in added weight to your bike.
  • Made from selected hides with no joins so bar tapes are single-piece and completely seamless!
  • An interlocking taper system means that once wrapped, DiPell leather tape has no raised edges.
  • Has enough natural stretch and flexibility to easily wrap and pull tightly around curves.