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Mavic Cosmos supplied rimstrip(4 posts)

Mavic Cosmos supplied rimstripTexbaz
Aug 1, 2001 6:04 PM
I just received a New Litespeed Ultimate, one of those Colorado Cyclist deals not bad I guess.
The bike is great, I really have been fortunate to buy one. The Mavic Cosmos wheel set that came with the bike has the Velox cloth style rim strip (I removed the tires as part of a though inspection found CC techs can't put rim tape on to good, they kinda missed the center of the rim real bad) in the box of goodies there were the plastic type rim strips, they look to be made especially for the Cosmos they even have Michelin written on them and the words HIGH PRESSURE. Should I use these over the cloth style I am running Michelin Axial Carbons which I like allot more than the Pros if that makes any difference.

Michael P.
Use the VeloxMike Prince
Aug 2, 2001 2:50 AM
IMO this is the way to go. The plastic strips are prone to slipping and if they don't they can still have sharp edges that will eventually slice the tube. You should be able to peel the Velox tape and re-apply evenly if it's not too old. Make sure it's the right width to completely cover all of the spoke holes. I think that there are three sizes, narrow (11 mm or so) for MTB rims, 17mm for most road rims and 22mm for touring rims.
AgreeSpoke Wrench
Aug 2, 2001 5:13 AM
One of my greater resentments is fairly expensive bikes that come with crummy rim strips. I don't think an LBS should have to take the tires off of a brand new bike and replace the rim strips at his own expense, but that sure beats explaining to the guy who had a flat tire the first time he rode his new $1,500 bike. How much more could decent rim strips possibly cost a bike manufacturer?

I hate those plastic rim strips. They migrate over to the side and expose the spoke holes. They sometimes have rough edges that fray the tube and cause flats. The right size Velox, on the other hand, ROCKS.
Toss the plastic stripsDMoore
Aug 2, 2001 7:15 AM
I had a set of Heliums with Michelin plastic strips. Front tire blew out at 40+ mph on the Death Ride a couple of years ago. The plastic strip had cracked at several of the spoke holes, allowing the tube to extrude through the cracks and eventually puncture. I didn't crash, but it damn near scared me to death.

Use the Velox strips. No problems for me in 30K+ miles on Velox.