Have a set of Prime wheels (not recommended) on my daily rider, Cannondale Synapse. At 1,347km the OEM rim tape on the newish wheels decided to blow out at the spoke holes. This strip is perfect for covering the blown out hole and reinforcing the rest.
I was having many flats and I finally thought it might be the original rim tape squirming to one side revealing the spoke holes and those wearing holes in the tubes. The Contenital rim tape went on easy and is very stable side to side solving my puncture issues. Superior rim tape to the original on the rims.
I used or tried this rim strip on two Mavic Open Pro rims. With the first rim, I was successful in getting this rim strip to seat evenly inside the rim. It was not easy to stretch this rim strip over the last section of rim and have it drop in well centered.
On my second Mavic Open Pro rim, it was a failure. In the final stretch over the last bit of rim, it dropped in on the inside side of the rim. No matter how I tried, I could not move this strip over to center it in the rim. Heck, I could not even grab it to get it out of the rim to try again. In the end, out of frustration, I took a sharp tool to cut this rim strip and remove it.
I then proceeded to TAPE my second Mavic Open Pro rim with reliable, truly easy to use, VELOX RIM TAPE.
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.
Great stuff. As with everything, take your time and apply it right. My first time dealing with tubular installation and went nice and smooth. Tip: keep the outer tape cover on and put tire on over the covered tape. Pull the plastic tape cover off after non inflated tire is positioned.
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 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.
A golf T should be in every box, but it was pretty easy to borrow. Slip through the strip and stem hole to hold in place to mount, then use the pointed end to gently nudge for minor centering once the strip is on. Works like a charm.
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.