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Tubeless Tape

Sept. 14, 2021, 8:15 p.m.
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I second having the tape slightly wider (1-2 mm) than the rim as the tire bead helps really stick the tape down as its aired up. I only use rubbing alcohol and and old sock to get the rim bed somewhat clean it does not have to be perfect. You also should not be stretching it until you bleed, the tape should be taut but not stretched. Apply on a truing stand if you have one.


 Last edited by: Hollytron on Sept. 14, 2021, 8:17 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Oct. 24, 2021, 1:15 a.m.
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Latest tape update...  I've tried some 19mm 4289 on 30mm ID rims but couldn't get one rim / tyre to seal due to a big dent in the rim from a massive kerb case.  I think the tape wasn't sealing over the dent.  I ended up running a tube to allow me to ride the wheel.

I've just ordered some more 30mm wide 4289 from Viking tapes in UK (who will cut to the width you want).  £10 for 60m inc delivery.  I'm hoping that I can seal between the tape and tyre bead (similar to split tube tubeless which I used for years with great results) rather than tape, rim and bead.  Which will eliminate one place for leaks to occur (tape / rim junction).

My end goal is to be able to tape up rims once and get multiple tyre changes out of one set of tape.  With 3 sets of wheels over 2 bikes it's a PITA having to retape every time I change tyres which I had to do with Gorilla tape.  At least 4289 is much cheaper than 25mm Gorilla tape (£10 for 60m cf £10 for 10m) and less messy re residue.

Oct. 24, 2021, 6:08 a.m.
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Posted by: fartymarty

Latest tape update... I've tried some 19mm 4289 on 30mm ID rims but couldn't get one rim / tyre to seal due to a big dent in the rim from a massive kerb case. I think the tape wasn't sealing over the dent. I ended up running a tube to allow me to ride the wheel.

I've had success adding an extra piece or pieces of tape to a damaged area of a metal rim where it wouldn't seal and getting the tire to seal fine.


 Last edited by: Vikb on Oct. 24, 2021, 6:08 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
Oct. 24, 2021, 10:40 a.m.
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Good tip, I may well have to do that

Oct. 24, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
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I applaud your efforts to get a quality rim tape for a reasonable price. I got some of this stuff last year

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobile/ca/en/wtb-tcs-tubeless-rim-tape-11m-/rp-prod66624

It's a good price and you can just order it in the size you need. It is the same stuff as stans as far as I can tell.

April 22, 2022, 2:29 a.m.
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Posted by: fartymarty

My end goal is to be able to tape up rims once and get multiple tyre changes out of one set of tape. With 3 sets of wheels over 2 bikes it's a PITA having to retape every time I change tyres which I had to do with Gorilla tape. At least 4289 is much cheaper than 25mm Gorilla tape (£10 for 60m cf £10 for 10m) and less messy re residue.

I've changed a few sets of tyres now and the Tesa 4289 is doing the job. Tape up and forget.  

Also the tip of installing a tube to seat the tubeless tape works a treat.


 Last edited by: fartymarty on April 22, 2022, 2:31 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
April 22, 2022, 11:08 a.m.
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Has anyone had any success with non-bulk orders of the 4289/4288/4287 tape? Although the price per tape per meter is exceptional value I'm looking at a minimum of $110CAD for 6 rolls from uline.

I really like the look of it, the 4287 is also interesting as it's a thinner tape and it'll be more tubeless tape than I'll ever use in this lifetim and for value etc it's a larger upfront but if I can find a single roll that'd be peachy keen.

April 22, 2022, 11:51 a.m.
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random: currently using scotch 8896; $20 per 25mm x 55m roll from amazon. no complaints.

April 22, 2022, 12:21 p.m.
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Posted by: xy9ine

random: currently using scotch 8896; $20 per 25mm x 55m roll from amazon. no complaints.

8896 ? That's more than double ! Thanks, I'll give it a run

April 22, 2022, 7:28 p.m.
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Posted by: xy9ine

random: currently using scotch 8896; $20 per 25mm x 55m roll from amazon. no complaints.

On what width rims?

After bitching about stans at the start of this thread, I gotta say, using 32-33mm tape on 30mm rims has been ace. I'm pretty sure I'm batting 1000 on the last half a dozen tape jobs or so I've done since switching width.

April 25, 2022, 8:25 a.m.
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Yep, going slightly over-width for the rim bed is the key, I've found, regardless of the type of tape used.

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