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2bliss Rim Strips

Aug. 14, 2019, 9:32 p.m.
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So I walked into my favourite LBS here in Whistler asking for tubeless rim tape. 

"Here you go"

"This isn't tape, this is a rim-strip"

"Yes, tubeless rim-strip"

"Surely you jest, why would we still be dealing with fucking tape if this worked"

"Just buy it you dumbass"

So, I did.  It works.  Busted a couple of spokes, took it off, put it back on and it worked again.

Can someone tell me why tape is still being sold?  Why did no one tell me about this?!

Aug. 14, 2019, 11:07 p.m.
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There's generally guerilla tape, duct tape, or aluminum tape in the shop. It fit's any wheel size. And I can use it to fix most things. Red Green would have had to have gotten real creative if hardware stores only sold rim strips.

Also I run tubes.

Aug. 14, 2019, 11:22 p.m.
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I always start a new bike out tubeless, then when spokes start breaking, switch to tubes.

Until now.  This works fucking great and the sealant works out to at the very least the same cost as tubes.

These strips really work, there's no messy tape-residue.  And the wheels are so much lighter... just think of how much slower and boostier you can do Crab 4.  (Hello Whip-offs 2020??)

Aug. 15, 2019, 5:48 a.m.
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Are you talking about the brown ones by specialized?

Aug. 15, 2019, 8:26 a.m.
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Specialized, yup. But mine are black..

Aug. 15, 2019, 10:07 a.m.
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why did no one tell me this neither.  i find all the tape types at times problematic and i've wondered why something better hasn't come along. i heard of these rim strips, but never seen one, and no one i know uses them, nor do i see them in shops. 

so what's the catch, they a hundred bucks a pair or something?

Aug. 15, 2019, 10:11 a.m.
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$6 each!

Aug. 15, 2019, 10:45 a.m.
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Every high end specialized bikes that comes with Roval rims has a set installed and comes with a back up set in the small parts box. I've seen them around for the past 5-6 years at least.

Aug. 15, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
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'when spokes start breaking'.....  you routinely break spokes?  are you one of those types who goes through multiple wheels a year, you only ride park right?  

as crazy as that seems to me, the manager of a LBS showed me a cool photo. he busted the spoke flange right out of the hub on the front wheel.  said he was just pushing into a tight corner and a loud bang, then dangling spokes from a piece of flange. that's just nuts. high end hub too.  he just had a major crash when the rear axle on his bike broke.  it seems that bicycles, even heavy duty ones with high spec, just don't like guys over 250.

Aug. 15, 2019, 5:18 p.m.
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Yup, since May Long I’m on my sixth brake pad, fifth tire, third set of grips, second shock shaft, one cracked rim, but the spokes have been pretty good this year, only five or six I think.  I come in at 230-240.

I love jumping and riding very fast so the bike park fits my bill rather nicely.

Aug. 15, 2019, 7:35 p.m.
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Not a lot of info on the Spec website, do these have a pretty good fit on a variety of rims?


 Last edited by: thaaad on Aug. 15, 2019, 7:39 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Aug. 15, 2019, 9:04 p.m.
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Posted by: thaaad

Not a lot of info on the Spec website, do these have a pretty good fit on a variety of rims?

I only know of them after Ian asked what width my rims were, put them in my hand and said buy them.

So that said, I'd say it's all about rim width.  I will ask next time I'm by.

Aug. 15, 2019, 11:04 p.m.
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Are these similar to the Stans Rim

Strips? Cuz those sucked IMO. Would rather not tape rims but such is life. ¯\(ツ)/¯. Surprised WAO doesn’t have a strip for their rims.

Aug. 15, 2019, 11:14 p.m.
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No idea, never heard of them.

These work.

Aug. 15, 2019, 11:37 p.m.
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Are the valve stems built into the rim strips? 

I tend to avoid S stuff like the overly drunk outgoing chick at a party.

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