- Light bicycle carbon rims tubeless setup
So my “wider 29er” rims should be arriving tomorrow from light bicycle and I want to run them tubeless. It’s my first foray into tubeless so total numpty.
I have stans sealant.
I need valves and the yellow tape yeah?
Or rim strips with the valves?
I thought I had seen some people mentioning that they have used botrager rim strips with the light bicycle rims but I can’t find those posts now.
HELP! 😳Posted 4 years agomessiahMember
I ran mine for a while with 1″ Gorilla tape but I changed to the Bontrager Rhythm strips after having some burping issues. With the Bonty strips in the tyres are tighter and hence much easier to inflate, and I haven’t had any burping issues since. I probably could have achieved the same with more wraps of Gorilla tape but having seen the Bonty strips I like the tyre grabbing groove near the outside… gives a little more confidence if nothing else.Posted 4 years agomessiahMember
If you read the monster MTBR thread not drilling the outer part of the rim only works with the new even wider (33mm rims) which have a deep enough section to allow working the nipples round. Those that have done it say it’s fiddly but quite good fun 😯
In my experience you need some of the yellow tape under the gorilla tape to stop it leaking around the spoke holes; perhaps the stans liquid damages the glue on the gorilla tape?.Posted 4 years agobacondoublecheeMember
I’ve used gorilla tape before and while it does work it doesn’t feel particularly secure (when deflated the tyres are completely lose and can practically fall off. It also makes them a bit harder to inflate (even using the compressor took a little while to get them to catch).
I’m currently using Bontrager symmetric TLR strips http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bontrager/rhythm-tubeless-rim-strip-symmetric-29-ec037916 on my LB wide 29er rims. The strips fit perfectly, snap in very secure and feel like they were designed for the rim. Just make sure you screw the valve through before putting the rest of the strip in the rim, otherwise you will never get the hole lined up! The same tyres as described above then fit the rim much tighter, they inflated and popped over the strip into the bead hook with a nice bang (at about 30 or 40psi!) and stayed inflated before I’d even put any sealant in.
In my experience, the Gorilla tape does work however the TLR strips are a much better method and I’m much more comfortable running lower pressures without waiting for it to burp.Posted 4 years ago
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