We tend to prefer Zipp rimstrips to the traditional cloth these days because the Zipp rim strips are thinner and allow tires to install more easily and seat better especially with narrow rims and tight tire beads. Some tires tend to fit quite tightly and are very difficult to install with traditional thick rim tape. Designed for optimum performance with all clincher rims and there are 2 strips per pack for one pair of wheels. Say goodbye to sore thumbs and frustrating tire installation forever! An Excel Sports Boulder staff favorite.
Perfect tape to if you have trouble squeezing those clincher tires over the rim... I had alot of trouble stretching my Veloflex Blacks over my Mavic SLRs... put in some Zipp strips and the tire folded over the rim as it should have. Highly recommended for Mavic style rims in my opinion. ls very easy to install... I just stuck the innertube valve through the eyelet and popped the tape over the rim.. was riding in minutes.
Some of the best rim tape out there for a great price. Its replacing some Mavic band style rim tape that has been in use for a couple of years. The zipp stuff was easy to install and center. Its thin so mounting a tight new tire was a breeze. Highly recommended.
This is the second generation Zipp rim tape I have used. The new tape is elastic and has no adhesive to hold it in place on the rim and it is narrower the the old, the new about 15 mm by my measurement. So, the new tape does not leave adhesive residue on your rim when you remove the tape as the old Zipp did—nice. The new tape is light weight, partially due to the tape being 1 mm narrower the the old Zipp tape (about 2 mm narrower than Velox). I recommend inserting a tube valve stem through your rim and the tape as you start to stretch the tape onto the rim; otherwise the tape moves and, after installed, is not easy to realign. After installing, check that the tape is centered on the rim; with just 15 mm width, some spoke holes may just barely be covered—I found re-centering the tape on the rim somewhat tedious. I am hoping this generation Zipp tape lasts a year as the old tape did. Next time, I will go back to heavy, wide, and reliable Velox.