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Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:55 pm
by JBV
Is anyone aware of more tubeless road rims (not complete wheels, just rims) than the Velocity A23 and the Stan's products? Anyone have a complete list?

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:12 pm
by FIJIGabe
Most clincher rims can be converted to tubeless. I have personally run my Reynolds DV3K's and 2010 Bontrager RXL's (non-TLR) using Stan's base tape to seal off the nipples. Neither of those wheels are listed as being "tubeless" or tubeless compatible.

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:45 pm
by btompkins0112
^ this.....you'll have many, many more options if you don't limit yourself to off-the-shelf tubeless offerings.

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:44 pm
by FIJIGabe
heck, even with Stans, you have to use their tape!

One thing i forgot to mention is that although most clinchers can be converted, not all clinchers can run sealant (at least Stan's). Shimano, for one, recommends that you not run sealant. This is because the old-school (Stan's) sealants use ammonia in their blend, which will corrode the non-anodized aluminum rims. Three solutions: get a CF wheel (no issue with corroded aluminum), use an annodized aluminum wheel or run a sealant that doesn't use ammonia (Caffelatex comes to mind).

personally, i run options 1 & 2, and have a home-brew sealant i've started using. so far, so good on that front.

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:19 am
by grover
Pacenti SL23 - http://fairwheelbikes.com/pacenti-sl23-rim-p-5634.html
or the new HED Belgium rim.

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:07 am
by Zen Cyclery
As mentioned almost any rim can be setup tubeless. Id throw in a second vote for the SL23 though. That is a stiff hoop that is light for its profile.

Regarding which method, go with Gorilla tape. It's much more durable than Stans tape and it can be cut to fit the exact inside width of the rim. Just make sure you do one layer that overlaps at the valve hole.

Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:55 pm
by btompkins0112
Gorilla tape? Do tell.....is it lighter than Stan's?

Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:01 pm
by eurperg
Gorilla tape is heavier

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:22 pm
by FIJIGabe
However, Stan's recommends you wrap the rim twice.

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:34 pm
by Zen Cyclery
@btompkins- It is a bit heavier than Stans, but I think the abrasion resistance and durability make it well worth it. That and the fact that it's easy to customize the perfect width for your rim makes it superior to the Stans tape.

Oh and the best part is that it's available at any local hardware store.

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:16 pm
by WMW
Have you weighed it?

It works, but I suspect it is very heavy. Stan's is very light even with two layers.

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:21 pm
by Zen Cyclery
I haven't weighed it but I will in the next couple of days. I'm going to redo the tubeless setup on my mountain bike and when I do I'll definitely weigh the Gorilla tape that's on there.

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:55 pm
by typ993
Effetto Mariposa also makes a fiber-reinforced rim tape that they claim only needs one layer. Not sure how the weight compares to Stan's or Gorilla, though.

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:45 pm
by Wookieopolis
People love to use Gorilla tape for all the wrong purposes, then again, I'm not sure what the right purpose would ever be. Keep in mind that it almost invariably leaves residue, particularly on anything that gets warm, like say a rim in the sun.

Re: Tubeless Road Rims

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:11 pm
by prendrefeu
typ993 wrote:Effetto Mariposa also makes a fiber-reinforced rim tape that they claim only needs one layer. Not sure how the weight compares to Stan's or Gorilla, though.


Would something like this work? 3M's 899 tape.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-3M-Scotch-F ... 0733339996

The 894 might also work. But it's black, so you don't get the extra watts that you do with red. :wink: