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Velox rim tape(6 posts)

Velox rim tapespecializedfan
Sep 9, 2003 12:22 PM
Have had two flats this weekend and could not figure out why. Took my rear wheel to the shop and they said that the plastic Michelin strip that came with my Campy wheels was splintered causing the flats.Sugested using Velox cloth tape instead of "sh**y plastic strip".Never got bad advice here before so is this cool,the wheel instructions say that Campy recomends using only the Michelin strips?
re: Velox rim tapeKEN2
Sep 9, 2003 12:45 PM
Maybe Campy has a kickback deal with Michelin... I've had those plastic strips split before. Your best bet is tried-and-true Velox tape--accept no substitutes! It comes in different widths and your shop should be able to guide you.
Sep 9, 2003 3:04 PM
The yellow plastic strips that come in Mavic wheel (very similar to what you have, I'm sure), are possibly the worst rim strips made. I had two flats within the first 1/4 mile of buying a brand new wheelset. I replaced the strips with Velox tape and was fine after that. Get rid of the plastic.
One reason to use the skinny stuffKerry Irons
Sep 9, 2003 5:03 PM
It makes the tire easier to mount, and Campy rims have a relatively shallow spoke bed seat (to save weight), making tires harder to mount. That said, Velox is all I will ever use (on my Campy rims)!
re: Velox rim tapeflateric
Sep 10, 2003 5:44 PM
I have to disagree with using Velox rimtape on Campy wheels. Even though I use Velox on my handbuilt wheels, I would never use them again on my Campy Neutron wheelset, especially on the rear wheel. I installed the Velox rimstrips initially onto my Campy wheels, then a month later I ran into a major rear wheel blowout. After inspecting the problem, I noticed that the strips had sunk into the spoke holes in the rim slightly, exposing the sharp edge of hole, causing the tube to get pinched. I noticed that because of the offset spoke hole drilling on the rear wheel, the holes are closer to the edge of the rim than normal rims. By using the plastic strips as Campy instructs you'll avoid running into this problem, because of the stiffness of the plastic. Went back to Michelin strips and replace them every time I replace the tires and tubes and haven't run into any more flats (at least not from the rim side.)
re: Velox rim tapeM_Currie
Sep 11, 2003 5:32 PM
I had a similar problem with narrow velox strips on my old Ambrosio front rim a couple of years ago. For some reason, after about 12 years of trouble-free riding, I just couldn't make the strip cover those holes well enough, and had numerous flats. The only known variable was that a couple of years ago for some reason Michelin tubes were unavailable with short stems, and I was forced to use other brands. I finally just switched to the wider velox (its edges now go up the sides of the drop center, but don't interfere with tire mounting), and haven't flatted since.