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Tufo Extreme tape my experience

Old 04-07-09, 09:49 AM
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Tufo Extreme tape my experience

After going through the fun of gluing tires old fashion way few times I decided to try Tufo Extreme glue tape with Continental Competition tire and Ritchey Carbon rear wheel. Installation was a piece of cake, and after a year of racing it still looked like it was glued on pretty well.

Fast forward to last weekend of racing. I was doing this down town crit. It starts on the uphill, corner one leads to a short downhill, corner two leads to a longer downhill back stretch, corner three leads in a stretch of the road that starts the climb, and after corner four climbing/sprinting begins. On corner two I feel a jolt or something and my rear wheel skips a bit. WTF? I figured I must have clipped a pedal or went over some bump I didn't see. No biggie. After corner four I notice a weird noise coming from the rear wheel. I look down and I have a flat! This means that I was doing fast third corner, and semi fast fourth corner on almost flatted tire, since I am pretty sure it was damaged on corner two. I am very impressed with Tufo Extreme glue tape. Needless to say I will be going with it again. Only question remains is how hard will it be to take it off the rim. With conventional continental glue it was PITA!

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Old 04-07-09, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
Only question remains is how hard will it be to take it off the rim. With conventional continental glue it was PITA!

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It's an evenPITA. Lots gof Goof Off, and be sure to wear gloves(and work outside).

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goof off is xylene in a small container at a big price.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
It's an evenPITA. Lots gof Goof Off, and be sure to wear gloves(and work outside).

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I used acetone last time, will Goof Off work better? Definitely outside with gloves. he he.
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xylene is a bit stronger than acetone. not sure how safe it is on epoxy. acetone works fine on carbon fiber surfaces
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
Only question remains is how hard will it be to take it off the rim. With conventional continental glue it was PITA!
I've found that by working a tire iron under the tire and across to the other side you can pull the iron around the rim and work the tire off fairly easily even with the Extreme tape.
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Have used xylene and it works It really comes down to how dry the glue tape is. If it has been on there for only about a year, you should not have too much trouble working it off and then doing some minor clean up with a solvent.
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I've found that (based on suggestions here from RacerEx) carefully using a heat gun is the best way to get the old tape off. After removing the tire, I use a heat gun on the low setting and warm up about 6" worth of the tape at a time and it rolls off pretty easily and doesn't leave a residue. I've done this several times with my Reynolds carbon wheels with no damage to the wheels.
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i killed an x-treme carbon rim with a very small blast with a heat gun. ymmv

is it a pain in the ass? if you are careful pulling the tire, most of the tape comes off with the tire. it leaves a few bits of residue on the wheel.

i've remove and completely cleaned the rim in about 20 minutes, just watching TV and using my thumb to roll the residue off. you form a little roll of it then roll it forward picking up the rest of the residue as you go. then a bit of white spirit to clean the rim completely.

alternatively use the velox tape (or the regular tufo) all the tape comes off on the tire, leaves a little residue on the rim, and a rag and some white spirit and its completely clean in about 2 minutes. in fact i did this to a rim yesterday where i've broken a spoke and need to take it to the wheel guy for repair.
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If the tire is trashed, use a knife to cut the tire and then peel it like a banana. It will make short work.
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What is the difference between the Tufo regular and Extreme - other than price?
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Extreme is stickier and will hold up under higher temps.
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Thanks for the post, was just eyeballing some sets of Mavic GP4 rims I have in the secret stash to build some wheels. Haven't rode tubies in over a decade, probably gonna start again, miss the PSI.
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Originally Posted by Fox Farm View Post
Extreme is stickier and will hold up under higher temps.
And by "higher" they mean, like, 70 degrees F. The standard stuff might be a good choice if you live in Alaska or something...
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extreme tape will not let go easily. it is not easy to remove the tire even when you want to do it!
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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
extreme tape will not let go easily. it is not easy to remove the tire even when you want to do it!
In fact, it's so sticky that Zipp specifically recommends against using it--apparently a couple folks who did the brute-force-and-ignorance thing when removing the tape managed to delaminate the rim. So their party line is that you can use it, but if it screws up the rim it won't be replaced under warranty. They do offer crash replacement pricing though.
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