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.
These are my go-to choice after trying at least half a dozen other known and unknown brands. They protect well against puncture from the hostile inside edges of double eyelets even at 100 psi. They are thin, which is very helpful for tire mounting, easy install and stay put well. Pro tip - put a tapered tool like a drift punch through the valve stem hole in the rim and rim strip to keep the strip exactly centered over the valve stem hole in the rim as you install it - saves time and temper.
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?
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.
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.
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.