The Rox rim strips have been around for years. Lightweight rip-stop nylon with adhesive backing are easy to install. The thin strips work well with modern taller sidewalls on rims. The adhesive keeps the strips from migrating and exposing the spoke holes to the tubes.
I have used these for years without a single "blowout" that some users mention. However, I only use them with double eyeletted rims. Further, I do not use them for wet weather riding, as water gets in and will let the strip migrate and bunch. (Yet they still worked.) I only use them on race rims for fair weather racing and training.
Used these years back with no problem, but I was using Mavic rims that have the nice smooth finished eyelets. Put them on DA C24 wheels and sharp edge of the eyelet hole cut the tape and the tube. And yes, they were installed correctly. They work better on some rims than others. For a few extra grams, go with something more durable unless you are a weight weenie type.
Rox rocks! First, theyre wide enough to cover all the spoke holes. Second, theyre so thin that its easier to mount tight-fitting tires. Third, the adhesive backing keeps them from shifting even when doing hasty field repairs, so the spoke holes stay covered. The frosting on the cake is that theyre absurdly light and strong. Peace of mind, weight-weenie performance, at a reasonable price--whats not to like?
Used these daily for 3+ years on multiple wheelsets (Campy, Mavic) with no problems. The light weight is great, but the next best thing about them is that their thinness means a greater volume of air in the tube compared to Velox--at 155 pounds, Ive had zero pinch flats while using Michelin Ultralight and latex tubes and riding frequently on gravel roads. The trick is to install them VERY slowly with clean (non-greasy) hands, peeling back the backing an inch or two at a time while making sure the strip is: a) centered and covering the spoke holes; and b) firmly pressed down and adhered before you move on to the next few inches.
Rox rimstrips are wonderful! Ive had them on all my clincher wheels for years now and have never had a puncture in thousands of miles of all kinds of riding, on the road, and brutal off-road. They do the job great and the rotating weight savings is worthwhile. Why use anything heavier?
Fine product for the fine rider. Just have to reinforce the rim valve opening. Careful installation is the must. Successfully used for several years. Those are not meant for clumsy mechanic.
Simply put- this product stinks. Everytime I try this product I get flats due to the inner tube puncturing through the spoke hole through the tape- this past weekend was the last straw. My front tube blew through my spoke hole. This product is not reliable to race or train with. Good thing my flat happened on a flat road and not while I was descending Lee Hill or I might have some serious road rash or worse. Stay away from this product. I switched to Zipps to see if they are more reliable. Velox tape is bulletproof (which I still have on some of my wheels), but adds slightly more weight.
A fair amount of our staff rides with this rim strip, particularly with rims that have tall sidewalls - Shimano, DT, etc. When properly installed weve had no problems to date - Ed
I bought the Rox rim strips on the advice of Excel Sports staff for ease of tire installation on Campagnolo Neutron wheels that I had just purchased. The strips made a noticable difference installing tires but checking the strips a few rides after installing them revealed slippage and partial exposure of the spoke holes. This was particularily the case on the rear asymmetric wheel. It should be noted that the strips are easy to install and I was careful to install them properly. Although I did not get any flats, I was not willing to chance it on remote training rides. I peeled these strips off and reinstalled the Campy factory strips.
If installed properly, there shouldnt be slippage - ed
They need to be stretched and centered as they are installed (not difficult). After installation and tire inflation, the strips sink a bit into the spoke holes, so tire pressure falls. Best to top off the air pressure following a short ride and/or an overnight wait right after installing new strips, or risk a pinch flat on the first ride. Velox strips are nicer (they seem to dampen road chatter a bit) but heavier. The thinner Rox strips make tires easier to mount and dismount, which is important for my DT Swiss Road rims.
These things really work. only 3 ounces for the set No flats here. All I can guess is the guys who had problems with flats, must of had some poorly built wheels with the spoke ends sticking out.
I agree with the previous post because the same thing happened to me. These strips suck. I have always used Velox cloth, dont know what I was thinking to try something new but the outcome is this: I blew out 3 tubes and I am not riding now. These things are crap. Of course it could be operator error.
Ive used these strips on a number of wheels without problem. Theyre light, easy to apply. Excellent product.
Ive put these rims strips on several wheelsets, including my racing and training wheelsets, and Ive had no problems with them. Theyve proven to be light and durable. Just an installation hint: apply the tape tautly.
I installed these on a new wheel with a Mavic CXP-33 rim. When I inflated the tire - BANG - instant spoke puncture. I changed the tube, inflated it again. This time is was fine for a few hours before having another spoke puncture. I never rode on the wheel at all. I just inflated it and left it sit. I tried one more time and the same thing happened. These strips are very light and they do not provide enough protection for the tube. I would strongly recommend using something else. The extra speed you might get from the few grams you save with this product will be more than made up for by the extra hours you spend on the side of the road fixing spoke punctures.