My Experience with the following tapes and a few questions.
Stans Yellow tape:
We all know it’s just yellow strapping tape. The problem is the price of it and how much you get. Currently they want 12.00 plus shipping for barely 10yds of it. Strapping tape negatives are if change out tires a lot like i do, eventually the bead grabs the tape and peels it away as you pop the bead off the tire. People swear that Tesa 4289 tape on amazon is the exact same thing.
3m/scott film Blue Strapping Tape 8896:
This is the exact tape specialized used to send out with their roval wheelsets. They have since changed. My experience with this tape is that the adhesive sticks decent to alum rims, but ****ty to carbon rims. Also the adhesive seems like it becomes even more crappy as it sits in amazons warehouses or whatever warehouse. When I look at the roll i see gaps where there’s space between and you can tell the adhesive is not sticky there. The results of this is a crappy bond to your rim and when you pop the bead off your rim the bead grabs the tape and pulls it off the flat ramp next to the bead wall allowing sealant to leak in when you seal it back up. It does not stick worth a crap to carbon rims either.
jvcc polypro strapping tape from amazon:
Great stuff. You need to go around the rim twice because this stuff is about 1/2 thick as the stan strapping tape in thickness, but it works great on alum. rims and is cheap.
We know people love this stuff, but there’s 2 major complaints I’ve had about it. 1st is the sticky residue it leaves behind if you ever need to re-tape or sell the rim or work on the rim, etc, etc. It’s a mess. You will spend 30min cleaning it with goo gone and scotch pad. It sucks. Then the next issue is with it, is its weight. If you are a enduro / big huck rider then stop reading, but if you race XC and worry about rotational weight it really is heavy. Don’t think so? Order the roll from Enve which is the exact amount it takes to do 2×29 wheels. That roll literally weighs 92g. Now think about that. You spend all this time trying to save weight here and there and then you are going to add damn near 100g back to your wheelset. They (Enve) advertise their wheelset at 1410g, but by the time you add their gorilla tape it comes to 1500g.
Gorilla Clear Repair tape:
This is hands down my favorite tape, but it has some drawbacks. Lets start with the positive. If you have aluminum rims then this should be your goto stuff. IT’s really weird.. It’s like it’s vinyl with the most sticky adhesive I’ve ever felt. Like pretty much if you are going to use it, plan on it being basically permanent. Its so sticky it’s hard to get off your fingers when you are putting it down. This stuff does work excellent though on alum rims. The price is great. Another hard part about this tape is cutting it down to size. What I did was stretch out the tape and start at one side of the rim and lay it down with the other side hanging off. once all the way down I went around with a razor blade and cut off the excess.
Now when it comes to carbon rims. I am scared to try this stuff. It’s soo sticky that I am afraid it might f up the rim if i ever need to take it off.
Again if you have alum rims, just get this stuff.. It will never peel up or let you down.
update: 8/11/16 – Some have reported that at very high psi’s (more than you would typically use for mtb tires, probably cx tires, that they are blowing out holes around the nipple holes. This can be resolved by using 2 layers of tape instead of just 1
You can use it in a pinch, but it will eventually peel up.
scott transparent duct tape:
I have not used this, but am pretty curious about it after reading this guys thread on sealing up his fat bike with it. Seems like it would be semi close to the gorilla clear repair tape, but maybe not so permanent?
Has anyone used this on carbon rims
update 8/19/14 – I tried this on my enve’s and it wasn’t all that great. I thought it was going to be a home run as I layed it down but once i sealed up the tire it kept getting slow leaks and would lose about 10lbs a night. I popped the bead off and sure enough stans had leaked thru the overlap area. Trust me I put the tape down proper. I am very anal about that.
velotape by velocity:
I am really really curious to find out what kind of tape this is. Other than gorilla clear repair tape, this is the best tape i’ve used on alum. rims. Actually the bike shop had my bike for a warranty issue and when they gave it back the said my rear tire was leaking so they retaped it with this stuff. It’s been on there 1yr and i’ve switched tires about 3x’s on that bike. It never catches or pulls off like strapping tape does. It’s really like a vinyl type tape. I would love to know exactly what kind of tape this stuff is.
Tyvek Home Wrap Tape/Sheathing Tape/aka seam tape:
This has become my 2nd favorite tape so far. I still say if you want bomb proof go with the gorilla clear and you have aluminum rims. However, if you have carbon or are scared to use gcrt on your rims for fear of it becoming permanent then this should be your next tape. I am pretty sure this is what velocity velotape is. It’s basically strapping tape that is more stretchy so it’s easier to pull tight and get to lay all the way down. Great stuff and peels back up fairly descent if you need to redo the tire for any reason. I did 2 layers around a 29″ rim and the weight came to 9g.
(see bottom of post for most recent info)
Kapton Tape – Fratelli Tape
gmats was the first to post about this. The 1mil Kaptop tape basically used in electronics and other b.s. like that is more than likely the spank fratelli tape. Most users on here report pretty good luck. If you go to chain reaction and look at their user reviews of the tape, they are not the best reviews. I myself have not used it yet, but again others on this thread have.
updated 11/30/16 – OK I’ve been using this brown kapton tape on my carbon wheels for a couple of months now after I put some new rubber on. My tyvek stuff peeled up fine, but I didn’t feel like going out to get another roll and cutting it to size. So I gave this stuff a shot. It’s great.. It has a little flex to it so it fits really nice down into the channel without getting those annoying air pockets. It seems to stick really well to the carbon surface so I am sure it will be just fine on aluminum. It comes in varied sizes and I am pretty sure you could get away with just 1 layer. It’s so light though I do one layer one way and the other layer the other. So far after 2 months its been fine. This will probably be my future goto tape unless someone figures out what that velocity tape is. Nice find by gmats on this one.
you can get it on amazon.
This is the tape that people say is exactly what Stans is. You can find it dirt cheap on amazon. The only issue i’ve had with stans tapes and as well as the 9998 tapes is that when they sit or are in the heat long the adhesive tends to wear off. I’ve even got rolls from amazon that were kind of warped and you could tell the warping was from them getting hot/cold/hot/cold int he warehouse and the adhesive coming undone.
Maxi 248 Polyester/Silicone Single Coated Splicing Tape
I’ve been using this tape on all my wheels lately. I think bang for the buck and ease of use have this as the best deal you can get. I still like tyvek and gorilla clear, but you have to cut both those down. This stuff is cheap, just the right thickness, good adhesive, does not tend to peel up when dismounting a tire, and doesn’t leave residue. You get enough to do ridiculous amount of wheels. You get so much that I use this to tape basically anything around the house. The bold title i have up there is for the 2″ version which I cut down on the rim after going around with an xacto knife. However I found some 1″ wide that is 2mil thick (the maxi 248 is 3.3mil thick). 1″ X 72 Yds – Tapes Master 2 Mil Green Powder Coating Masking Tape – High Temperature <- I have not used this brand yet, but will probably buy it next when I run out of the maxi 248
as of 11/30/16 I’ve switched my primary tape to the kapton. This stuff still works fine and is great. So you can’t go wrong with this stuff either. I just feel that it’s slightly easier to not have air pockets with the kapton vs. this. This is my 2nd fav. tape though.
3M Construction Seaming Tape 8087 Red
Tried this thinking it would be like my tyvek tape.. It wasn’t. It didn’t work to well for me and the sides peeled up when popping the bead to put more stans in.
Frost King Clear Tape:
So if you goto post #605 you will see the mention of this tape. I ordered some from amazon and was excited about it already being the correct size for most modern rims and that the poster had success on his rims (which keep in mind are aluminum). I gave it a shot on some brand new Enve rims that had never had tape on them. The tape laid down good, but as I was going around the tire I was thinking “damn this taking me forever to get back to where i started to overlapped. Well it turns out this tape does not stay stuck to carbon at all. Like when laying it down it seems like it was going to stick but the moment the wheel turned 90 degrees the tape would just fall off. I then tried it on my reynolds carbon rims, and the same thing. This tape does not work with carbon. Thus I’d only suggest it for aluminum rims and in that case if you have aluminum, i’d just use gorilla clear or this would be a 2nd runner up to that.
This tape should only be used on aluminum rims.
Came back to check on thread and see if I needed to add any new entries. As of this date and doing lots of tires on different rims this is my personal observation. If you want the tape to last and peel up fine and have the best of both of those worlds, the Tyvek tape is the best. I find that it never peels up from the edge, but somehow is easy to peel off if you need to sell the rim. I find it the lightest and really the toughest. If you tape it right with this stuff you can literally just use 1 layer. I use 2 since its so light. The only sucky think about tyvek is that you have to cut it size. Which blows if you mess up while trying to cut it with a razor blade. It would be awesome if there was a way to outsource some company that could cut this down to 22mm size or whatever size you wanted.
My 2nd choice would be kapton. It’s dirt cheap and you can get it close to your size. I have found this to work on rims for 6-12months. Eventually it will peel up but most of you raw dawgs out there will be finished with a tire by then.
3rd choice is the green poly tape. It’s dirt cheap too.
Tyvek ftw till I find something else.
Let me know if I need to update, but for now I don’t see a better tape IMO than tyvek.