This is so much easier and cleaner than gluing. If you're going to go with tubulars, gluing tape is a must. It's so easy, just peel the inner layer as you work your way around the rim, then poke a hole for the valve stem. Mount the partially inflated tire - the outer layer of plastic film makes proper tire mounting a cake walk. Peel off the outer layer from under the tire and viola, you're done. It is also much easier to remove the tape from the rim than to remove old glue should you want to start with a clean rim.
Using Tufo Gluing Tape is a major time saver, and works well. I've used this tape on many different mfg tubular tire without any issue on both my CritRoad Racing wheels, and track wheels.
I apply a thin layer of glue on my carbon wheels (let dry) prior to installing the tape. This makes it easier to remove the tape from rim..
Another seller by mistake shipped me a set of tubular wheel instead of clincher. I dealt with that seller and decided to use them.
Yes I had fear of getting flat on the road and also fear of improper gluing/mounting tire techniques which seems like so time consuming with glue.
I tried my best to educate myself about how to use tubular wheels by searching and reading on internet. I learned alot.
This product is very easy to use. watch youtube videos and learn how to use it and you are good to go. Here are some of the answeres to your questions...
FYI I bought Tufo S33 tubular tires to be more compatible with Tufo tapes.
-Is it reliable on turns?
The glue sticks very well. So sticky that I don't feel it fails in fast turns.
Ask someone with more experince especially in hot weather. To me it is reliable.
-How fast is it ready to ride on?
I think as soon as you mount and pump the tire. but I did it the night before I go for ride.
-Flat on the road
If the sealant doesn't work or you decide to change the tire on the road, you can mount your prestreched(I don't preglue) new tire on the same tape on the road (avoid dirt) there is enough left over glue on the tape (both sides, wheel side of the tape and tire side of the tape) to hold the new tire in place and get you home. No fast turns though.
When you get home I recommend to peel off the old tape and use a new tape.
Although you can change the tape on the road, I don't recommend it because of dirt.
-Is it hard to peel off the tape from the wheel?
Not that hard to peel off. In my experience the whole tape came off and didn't leave pieces on the wheel. prepare the wheel for next tape with Acetone and smooth sand paper. Not too much wrok (1-2 minute).
I am satisfied with this product because as lazy as I am, I didn't have to deal with hassle of gluing.
I used to glue my tubulars but this works really well. It simplifies the installation because you can get the tire in place before removing the film that covers the adhesive. Removal is still difficult - which is good - but the cleanup is simpler than with glue.
I never glue anymore, I've never had any issues with this stuff as long as I'm careful to remove the old tape, and do a decent cleanup. I've ridden on this pretty hard over long distances, never had any issues at all. I mostly use it on Continental tires, the backer is pretty course but again no issues...
No reason to use messy, sticky tubular glue ever again - the Tufo tape goes on easily (follow clear instructions), the tire can be positioned perfectly, and once the protective film has been removed (and the bike has been ridden for just a few yards) the tape bonds instantly. All without glue all over the rim and your hands. And removing the tape when putting on a new tire is just as easy and clean - no more scraping off dried glue, possibly damaging the rim.
It's nearly impossible to center a tubular tire on the wheel using glue, resulting in a wobble and a sticky mess. The tape is easy to apply, clean, and allows for perfect seating of the tire. Only then the 2nd protective film is removed from the sticky tape, and voil - a perfectly mounted tire. Don't forget to take it for a very short ride right afterwards to cement the tire in place!
I've never glued any of my tubulars, used this tape for tubulars wheelstires for 7 years and I like it. It's very strong, easy to apply, and never had any trouble with tires rolling off the rim. My only complaint is when it's time to change tires and apply new tape, the old adhesive is VERY difficult to remove. Acetone doesn't work.
I ride Continental Competitions at 155lbs on Campy Shamal Ultra II's. It takes about 2 hours to change tires but heck of a lot easier and quicker than gluing. Most of that 2 hours is cleaning the wheel. I pull the old tire off. Let the wheel sit in the sun for a little while (depends on how much other stuff I have to do but hour). Then carefully peel away the old tape. Usually comes off pretty clean. The I wrap twine around a couple of time and tie-off followed by a generous coating of glue gone. Let that sit for 15-20 mins then take a plastic tire iron and scrape-off. 99.5% of the old glue comes-off quickly followed by touch-up in a few places. Next I spray the wheel with a little contact cleaner to make sure no residue, then lay-on new tape. Mount the tire and let sit overnight. I ride the curvy hills north of SF and confidently ride 35-43 mph on the downhills (Big Rock and SFD past Fairfax). Never a problem!
Much easier then glue and not as messy. Unfortunately I had to remove a tire to true the wheel. Anybody worried tape is not as strong as glue, I can tell you don't worry. It was a job to get that tire off.
Wow! Can't believe how easy this was to install! We'll see if it keeps the tire on the rim and how easy it is to remove and put on another tire. Decided to go with this after reading numerous horror stories about glue....why spend over a day waiting for layers and layers of glue to dry when this tape takes 2 minutes.
I use this tape to glue my tubular tire on my road bike wheels. It was very easy to apply. I've had no issue using this product. I don't think the tire will come off easier, unless the wheels get a very strong impact. I'm not a pro and don't ride that aggressively. I think this type of tape should work for most cycling enthusiast. Will but this product again if I need to in the future.
As a first time user of gluing tape, I was very impressed with how quick and easy it was to use. I watched one or two online videos which provided some additional small details that made getting it right the first time less stressful. So far I have no complaints.