The white cotton tape has been my go-to forever. But high pressure caused spoke holes to appear. Not good.
If you run pressures over 110 PSI, this is the tape to get. It doesn't deform, installs easily, and will probably last until your bike gets donated to a museum.
This is a very good quality rim strip, but you have to work carefully for it to fit. The width is on the high side at 18 mm, which means it has to be installed exactly in the center of the rim or it may cover the rim tire engagement area, interfering with tire installation (at least my rim, a 700 MATRIX IsoC) . Of course you have to cover the spoke holes, or it won't work. It is very tight the last couple feet or so, and centering is difficult. What I did with the 2nd one (first one I destroyed trying to center the tape the last couple feet) was to install six plastic tire levers across the rim under the rim tape when I had the last two feet or so to finish, and scooted the rim tape to exactly the rim center line. Then I carefully removed the tire levers one at a time starting on the first installed, all the while matching the rim circumference center line with the tape center line. This worked fine The tire is inflated to 105 psi w no problems.
The Continental Easy Tape Rim Strip is an awesome product. I purchased a set of Continental Cruise Contact 700c29 Inch Tire 700c x 50mm for my bike. I immediately started to have flats on the inside of my rim, I purchased this Rim strip and it instantly solved my problem. No more flats.
I found this no harder to install than fabric tape. It won't pick up gunk or leave sticky residue. Seems more durable. No more expensive per wheel than fabric tape unless you're buying the fabric tape in 100yd quantity. What's not to like?
Velox fabric tape is OK, but leaves gooey residue and will retain water.
Other plastic rim tapes are usually only rated to 120 psi and will balloon into your spoke holes eventually cutting on the hole edges and even touch the spoke ends.
This is a heavy, fiber-reinforced tape rated to 15 bar 220 psi, So if you run at 120 or greater you should get this. It is a little harder to install because it is TIGHT, but it is worth the effort.
Be aware that Conti also makes a lighter version of Easy Tape that is like the standard 120 psi rim tape. So be careful to always get this High Pressure version. It is well worth the extra reliability at a very small weight and cost penalty. BTD is one of the few places you can find the High Pressure version.
The spoke holes on my wheels seem a bit deeper than most.
I blew out several tubes before I discovered the problem.
This tape solved the issue as was easy to install.
Just use a pencil to keep the stem hole lined up.
I ride Rails to Trails 25 miles a day most days. Rim strips are easy to take for granted, bu ones that don't last or aren't uniform are a pain. These do the job well.
replaced my old fiber liners with these...no comparision...this is a much better product, installs in minutes without adhesive so if you need to reposition just lift off and recenter on rim
Well to start out I am returning to cycling after about 15 years. So I did my home work. It was the ease of getting it into place that hit me right away and it almost lined it self up in the center by it self.
I like to replace the rim strip on the rims of a new bike when right away. This helps to avoid unexpected problems when riding.
I've swapped out my oe tires on all my bikes and in doing so noticed the rim strip used from the factory in all but one case was poor quality. In two cases the strip had cratered and dimpled into the spoke holes to the point that tube failure was likely. Even on my mtb wheels I've had this problem and I never air those tires past 55 psi. I was very lucky, one hard bump in the road might have caused a blowout, not a good on some of the hills I ride down at full speed. Continental rim strips won't deform under high pressure, I use it on all my bikes now. Cheap insurance and piece of mind, check the condition of your rims strips whenever you change out tires and tubes.