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Old 12-04-14, 12:41 AM
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Thin rim strips

I've been using Velox cloth tape for my rim strips but am interested in looking at a thinner, possibly reusable, good quality rim strip. I'll need widths for road, CX and MTB rims. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-04-14, 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by GravelMN View Post
I've been using Velox cloth tape for my rim strips but am interested in looking at a thinner, possibly reusable, good quality rim strip. I'll need widths for road, CX and MTB rims. Any suggestions?
Two wraps of 1 mil Kapton tape which measures about .0025" with adhesive totaling .005" versus .020" for Velox (Ritchey and Zipp are about that too) and .009" for Rox Ultralight. Ideally you'd use 5/8" for traditional rims and 3/4" for wide, although it's thin enough 3/4" didn't interfere with tire mounting when I used it on conventional width rims.

It uses a weak silicone adhesive which is easily removed when you want to, although if you need to replace a nipple you can just poke a hole and patch over it.

It's among the least expensive rim tapes - about $0.75 a wheel if you buy two 36 yard rolls on ebay for $7.50.

It's also the lightest.

Some companies like American Classic call it "tubeless conversion tape", sell shorter rolls, and slap a hefty markup on it.

I switched after building some wheels with powder-coated Velocity Fusion rims which were even tighter than the Kinlin XR300s that were my old champions - even Veloplugs didn't let me mount tires by hand. Kapton did.

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Old 12-04-14, 09:18 AM
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I like Continental Easy-Tape; it is fairly thin and slick, which eases mounting tight tire-rim combinations, though not as thin as Kapton. Properly-sized width-wise, I have never had them shift around even though they have no adhesive.

Kapton is good stuff too; make sure that you get the "weak" silicone adhesive mentioned above. The "strong" (acrylic, I think) adhesive is tougher but still comes off clean from most surfaces. We have various widths in free stock at work
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Old 12-05-14, 12:24 PM
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I bought a role of Kapton 5/8" width online for $3.50 including shipping. It's enough for at least my life time.

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Fused Loop plastic ones are Less thick and made in narrow widths.
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