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Old 05-24-06, 08:42 PM   #1
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IRO delux wheelset come with rim tape or plugs?

Wondering if the IRO delux wheelset (velocity deep v's) come with rim tape or veloplugs installed?
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Old 05-24-06, 08:42 PM   #2
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no, not on mine.
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Old 05-24-06, 08:44 PM   #3
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Wow. That reply took all of half a second. Took me longer to write it... Thanks.
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Old 05-24-06, 08:50 PM   #4
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mine came with velox tape,

however since the wheels are built by velocity, it's likely that tony can have them use plugs for a nominal upcharge
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Old 05-24-06, 09:04 PM   #5
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I didn't get any tape or plugs on mine,
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It's probably different if you buy a complete bike vs. just a wheel set. Or a wheelset w/ tires/tubes.

But does it really matter? What does velox tape cost? $3 a roll? $4?
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Old 05-24-06, 10:13 PM   #7
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It's definately a nominal cost. Just trying to figure out if I'll need to buy anything else to do a build Friday.
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Old 05-24-06, 11:59 PM   #8
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Old 05-25-06, 05:48 AM   #9
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my tape wasnt long enough and one of the holes by the stem wasnt even covered =(
i put a peice of cardboard and electric tape there =)
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Two wraps of electrical tape are all I have on three different wheelsets. No flats from it yet.
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When I used electrical tape, a disgusting filthy goo (glue) started spreading all over the rim. Plus it's a pain to get off. I don't know what's all the rage with that cloth crap, though.



Halfway between rubber and plastic, indestructible, 10 sec to remove and put back on or move over to another rim. Can't slip to the side and expose the holes.
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Old 05-25-06, 08:35 AM   #12
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I just got mine last Friday. No tape or plugs came with them.
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I guess this is related...

I just did a search on veloplugs. Seems like an interesting product.

Has anyone tried them?? Do you really save the weight?
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they sound fiddly to me. 64 actions vs two

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are they all fixed wheelsets ?
cuz when you are riding a freewheel and descending a huge hill and braking for a mile that stuff might start melting and sliding everywhere and that's a bad time to have a flat


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Two wraps of electrical tape are all I have on three different wheelsets. No flats from it yet.
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are they all fixed wheelsets ?
cuz when you are riding a freewheel and descending a huge hill and braking for a mile that stuff might start melting and sliding everywhere and that's a bad time to have a flat
Two are fixed, one is on a SS mountain bike... with disc brakes. That's probably a good call about using it on rims with heavy rim brake usage.
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Just got my rims and to answer my own question: no. Rim tape works fine though considering no one stocks the plugs locally.
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i fail to see the benefit of the plugs. Especially since theyre about 3 times as expensive as rim tape.
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Old 05-26-06, 07:32 AM   #19
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i fail to see the benefit of the plugs. Especially since theyre about 3 times as expensive as rim tape.
Easy to remove and replace one nipple without having to get a whole new rimstrip/tape. Easier application (not that a rim strip is hard).
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I've reused rimtape after snapping spokes. *shrug*
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If they are lighter, it's a dirt cheap way to lighten up a wheelset.
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Easy to remove and replace one nipple without having to get a whole new rimstrip/tape. Easier application (not that a rim strip is hard).

you're supposed not to reuse tape? and i say again, i fail to see how 64 or 72 separate actions is an easier application than two
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If they are lighter, it's a dirt cheap way to lighten up a wheelset.
They are said to be lighter (than cloth tape). But if you want to save weight, you just use the Scwhalbe strip above. It weighs 8 grams. I don't know if the plugs are lighter than that, but they cannot be considerably lighter, so it makes no sense whatsoever to fumble with those little ****ers. I remember reading somewhere that they don't fit all rims and the first ones may start falling out while you're putting in the rest. **** dat.

Don't you all find it funny that the maker of the frickin' deep v starts making these "weight saving" thingies?

edit: and then they say things like "Rim strips take up a lot of space making tires more difficult to mount." Yeah, right.
Just use a plastic rim strip, people. 5 sec to install, reusable any number of times, it just works.

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I'm a big fan of cloth tape (velox style), but I've also used electrical tape and plenty of rubber strips. I'm sure the modern fancy rim strips are nicer, but dealing with too many cheap rubber strips has really turned me off to them. Cloth tape is really light, and the best part is that it's tacky, so it sticks to the rim and is far less likely to slide around than a rubber or plastic strip you snap over the rim holes. I also reuse cloth tape many times. Just peel it off, stick it to the wall, fix your wheel, and reinstall. Perfect, in my mind.
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I've been using double-layers of hockey tape, to no ill effect. Cheaper than cloth tape, less mucky than electrical tape, doesn't melt like plastic or dry-rot like rubber. Plus I've got a million rolls around from when somebody recommended it as cloth handlebar wrap, before we all learned that it bleaches in the sun in three freaking minutes.
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