Shelter Road

Self-adhesive Shelter Road protection is a composite shock and scratch resistant transparent compound with visco-elastic behaviour. Shelter Road widely increases the shock-resistance of carbon-fiber or metal structures it’s applied to.

Medieval knight on grey background.
The artist’s view: to underline the protective action of Shelter we chose the visual strength of a Medieval knight


  • protects against scratches and shocks
  • easy to apply
  • very lightweight
  • perfect adhesion also on curved surfaces
  • doesn’t turn yellow over time
  • visco-elastic behaviour reduced vibrations


Shelter Road protects from impacts(*) – spreading their energy within its structure -, is abrasion and solvent resistant, doesn’t yellow and has a semi-structural(***) adhesion(**) to the surface it’s applied onto: normal bicycle washing won’t affect it, but it can be removed – if needed – without damaging the underlying paint.
(*) ref. ASTM D256 Impact test
(**) complying with AFERA 4001
(***) after 24 hours from application

Available in different sizes/formats:

  • Shelter Kit Road: a sheet with pre-cut elements specific for road bicycles, to easily protect sensitive frame areas (chainstays, down tube, cable/frame contact points, silencing valve stems).
  • Shelter Pack Road: sealed pack with two 54 x 500 mm(****), 0,6 mm thick elements. Ideal to protect one bicycle, adapting the tape to the surfaces to protect.
  • Shelter Roll Road: recommended for enthusiasts, shops or teams. Size: 54 mm x 1 m or  5 m(****), 0,6 mm thick.

(****) tolerance +/- 10% on width and length


Lightweight protection:

a weight of 0,077 g per square centimeter generates the following results:

  • Shelter Kit Road: approx. 19 g (total weight of all the elements of the Kit)
  • Shelter Road Pack (two 54 x 500 mm, 0,6 mm thick elements): approx. 42 g.
  • Shelter Road Roll (54 mm x 5 m, 0,6 mm thick): approx. 210 g.
“shelter effetto mariposa” is printed inside Shelter

Beware of copies!

starting from 2014, to protect our customers from counterfeit products, we added watermark “Shelter Effetto Mariposa” logos inside Shelter structure, impossible to remove and very difficult to copy (see picture).
Both “Effetto Mariposa” and “Shelter” are registered trademarks.

Easy to apply:

1. After removing cables or other interfering elements, clean the area where you want to apply Shelter with alcohol and a clean cloth. Remove traces of dried-up alcohol with a clean, dry cloth.

2. Take the suitable pre-cut Shelter element or cut a custom made Shelter piece, without removing the backing paper.

3. Peel Shelter backing paper on a length of 1 inch/25 mm, freeing the adhesive surface (DO NOT TOUCH THE ADHESIVE SURFACE WITH YOUR FINGERS).

4. Stick the adhesive surface of Shelter on the area you want to protect by applying a firm and constant pressure with your thumbs.

5. Remove the rest of Shelter backing paper progressively, as you position and attach your Shelter element on the area you want to protect. Starting from the center, use your thumbs to push Shelter down, slowly working your way to the sides and applying a constant pressure.


Shelter is UV-shielded so it won’t turn yellow over time and will even protect the underlaying frame paint from UV degradation.

Visco-elasticity reduces vibrations:

The transmission of vibrational energy through any structure can be reduced by introducing visco-elastic materials at discrete points. It’s exactly what Shelter does, providing stiff carbon frames with protection but also contributing to reduce vibrations.

Made in Italy.


2 responses to “Shelter Road

  1. My only complaint about the Shelter kit is I wish the piece of adhesive for the downtube was longer. Granted, if installed beginning at the bottom bracket, the adhesive will protect most of the known impact spots of the downtube. But, I d prefer to see fuller coverage gravel roads have a nasty habit of throwing stuff all over the place, and they don t discriminate when it comes to fancy paintjobs.

    1. Thanks for the comment.
      I agree that for some “heavy” gravel riding Shelter Road downtube protection might be too short. In reality Shelter Off-Road (double the thickness of Road, at 1,2mm) is probably the best choice for those practices… and Shelter Off-Road Kit has a longer downtube element.
      Best regards!

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