Light rim tape or plugs

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bikeuphill9
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I have been running Rox rim tape this summer and have had 3 flats because of them. What would be a light alternative to Rox? Also where would I find them in the US? Thanks.
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Continental rim tape (though I'd recommend pressures less than 120psi) and it weighs about 7g per wheel. Try finding it at your local LBS, or you could mail order it from probikekit (~$4 w/free shipping) and maybe pick up some other items...tubes...whatever you might need.

depending on your wheels, Veloplugs might be an option. Some online places sell it as well as Ebay. Only work for rims with spoke holes 8mm wide (e.g. Velocity rims ok, Campy rims don't work they fall out). Veloplugs weigh 6g for 32 plugs.


Why didn't the Rox tape work out? To high pressure? I think they are MTB only.

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bikeuphill9 wrote:I have been running Rox rim tape this summer and have had 3 flats because of them. What would be a light alternative to Rox? Also where would I find them in the US? Thanks.


Hey bikeuphill9, how your flats happened? Are you sure they came from the Rox tape?
That sounds odd to me because I've been using it on my second race wheelset this year with no problem. Clincher pressure was up to 9bar (130psi) and the Rox tape is still ok.

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by ProTech

I had problems wiht the ROX Ultralight rim tape myself; it's simply too thin, the tape would burst through a few times.
I'm now using The Rox SuperDutE and it's proven to be super reliable with only one layer.

Rox Ulralight single layer 700c is 6 grams alone, no backing,glued on the rim for both wheels.
The Rox Super DutE single layer is 8 grams for both wheel so there's really no need to use the Ultralight at all.

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by spaniardclimber

I had no problems with veloplugs. Light and reliable.

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by Rickyfirst

You could also use 15 mm glass fiber electrician tape as rim tape. Light, reliable and cheap.

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by geraldatwork

I had the velo plugs that came with my Velocity wheels sitting in my garage for about six months. I finally tried them and so far they seem to work well. (4 rides of about 200 miles) One of the advantages, other than some minor weight savings is it makes it easier to mount tires. They take up less room than tape. Also I guess if you need a spoke replaced you can just lift one plug and not have to remove the tape. But as mentioned they don't fit all rims.

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The tape never stuck well to my rims, even though the rims where clean. The last straw was when the Rox tape gave out at a spoke hole. Luckily the bike was leaning against the wall and I merely thought that the car I was driving the video game had gotten a flat. I would like to try the rim plugs. Do they work on Alex rims? If not than I will try Super Duty Rox. Thanks.
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