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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:24 pm 
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Has anyone replaced/weighed the plastic rim strip on the Shimano RS80 C24 wheelset? I am trying to figure out how much weight can be saved over the stock kit. The finish is nice on the stock set-up, but I wonder if there is much weight to be saved with either veloplugs or stan's yellow tape.

I run Open Corsa's and latex tubes so durability is a concern as I haven't had issues using the stock kit so I don't want to bring any issues upon myself.

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How much does the stock tape weight? Veloplugs are meant to weight 8g.

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Not sure.....it is a plastic strip and it looks like it needs to be cut off to weigh it. I was hoping to see if anyone else had cut theirs out.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:59 pm 
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I've weighed several rim strips, all were 20-27 grams for 700c plastic strips, Cloth ones were over 35g. Veloplugs for 24 holes are 6g

Plus veloplugs resist high pressure tape blow out far better

Add Conti Supersonic inner tubes and you are saving 60-70 grams off the rim. It is noticable

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:20 pm 
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Thanks for the info! Do you happen to know what size veloplugs will work for Shimano rims.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:33 pm 
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The listings has Velox tape at 11-16g per wheel which is not much but that still 10g per wheel. Unless the listing weight is wrong.

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In my experiance Velox tape is heavier than that. The thin plastic Fulcrum tape is 20g and thats much thinner and lighter

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if you are using a thin latex tubes, do take some time to smooth out the plastic surface as it tends to have dome rough edges that might pierce you tubes overtime. it happen to me with challenge latex tubes @58gm and vredestein @45gm


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Looks like I need to buy some veloplugs too.

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roca rule wrote:
if you are using a thin latex tubes, do take some time to smooth out the plastic surface as it tends to have dome rough edges that might pierce you tubes overtime. it happen to me with challenge latex tubes @58gm and vredestein @45gm


Using Michelin Aircomp tubes....are you referring to the edges on the veloplugs?

How about Stan's yellow tape? I was thinking it would be pretty light even compared to veloplugs.

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I'm currently running C24s with yellow veloplugs and a single layer of electrical tape with Michelin latex tubes. Haven't had a problem in the two years I've had this set up.


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Awesome, just the info I was looking for!

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yes btom
or do as hmai sugested. i believe the michelins are about ~70gm
they are heavier but are better at holding air because they have been coated with a butyl inner film.


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Don't Do it!

I have a set of C24 Rims that I removed the Shimano tape for Velo Plugs and electrical tape and it was not worth it.
The shimano tape is a high strength plastic rim strip and weighs only a couple grams more then velo plugs and 1 round of tape.
When I was done I regretted all the work for what is no gain. That shimano tape is nice stuff.

FYI, it can be removed without cutting but it's tricky and don't know how well it will go back on. It is sold as a loop and gets stretched onto the wheel.


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Just curious, what's wrong with just Veloplugs, no tape?

And, how about a single strip of Stan's yellow tape, no plugs?


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