Are Rim Strip loops eg. Schwalbe High Pressure Tape Singles compatible with tubeless ready tyres and are there any caveats or tricks?
I installed some strips that were 1mm narrower than what my wheel manufacturer advised the rim's inner width was.
They seem fit the rim well enough although they are completely snug - there isn't any gap between the strip and the inner walls of the rim.
I've never had so much trouble reinstalling a tyre in my life after installing the strips though. I have a non-tubeless tyre on my other wheel and the install couldn't have been easier.
Edit for clarification:
I was running adhesive tubeless rim tape prior to putting the rim strips on (the kind that comes on a roll and needs to be cut).
The rim and tyre are both tubeless ready.
I am using tubes.
I replaced the adhesive tape after having two explosive tape failures at the same spoke hole. I've checked for burrs and there does not appear to be any. To be honest, this gave me the willies bad enough to not want anything to do with adhesive tape again.
The tubeless-ready tyre wasn't the easiest to remove while the adhesive rim tape was installed, but with a set of levers it took less than 5 minutes to get the tyre off. Replacing the tyre with adhesive rim tape installed took a bit more time -maybe 15 minutes- the last time I had to change an inner tube.
After installing the circular rim strip, the tyre took 4 hours with levers to get back on to the centre of the rim. Both sides of the tyre were off the bead while doing the reinstallation - one side of the tyre was on the rim centre, the other side was partly in the centre of the rim and partly off the outside as I tried to lever it back on the rim.
Is there anything I could do to get the tyre on in a reasonable amount of time or is this combination of parts not super compatible?
The only thought that comes to my mind is possibly running something several mm narrower, but I'm not sure how narrow the strips could safely be, or even if narrower rim strips would make it any easier to get the tyre back on the rim.