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Rolf Vector Pro: newbie curious about lingo and valve stem!(11 posts)

Rolf Vector Pro: newbie curious about lingo and valve stem!emils01
Mar 19, 2002 6:09 PM
Thanks in advance for looking. I recently purchased a set of Rolf Vector Pros. On the sidewall there is printing ... it reads "Tubular" in a couple of places. But these have clincher tires. Are the wheels capable of being both styles? Is that possible?
Secondly, I find it difficult to keep my Blackburn floor pump hose-end secured to the Presta valve to inflate the tube. The valve barely sticks out of the deep rim. Is there an easier way to deal with this?

Thanks, Emils
re: Rolf Vector Pro: newbie curious about lingo and valve stem!DrD
Mar 19, 2002 8:14 PM
For the first question - no, if it's a clincher rim, you won't be able to glue on tubulars

For the second question - you have two options - you can purchase some valve stem extenders (they thread onto the valve stem, making it longer), or you can buy long valve stem tubes - either way works (and are the standard procedures for dealing with deep section rims). Valve extenders are probably a good thing to have around even if you get the long valve stem tubes - that way if you are on a group ride and get a flat, if someone has pity on you and lends you a tube, you will be able to use it (because it's a serious pain to get a frame pump onto the little nub of the stem which sticks out of the rim - been there, done that with a guy I often ride with who has a set of vector pros)
re: Rolf Vector Pro: newbie curious about lingo and valve stem!emils01
Mar 21, 2002 4:55 AM
Thanks. That helps a lot.
re: Rolf Vector Pro: newbie curious about lingo and valve stem!Andy M-S
Mar 20, 2002 3:37 AM
To further the earlier post, where/how did you buy these wheels? Someone could have put clinchers on tubular rims, but they're not going to stay on there with any riding. If you've never seen tubular rims, you may want to take these to your (reputable) LBS and get them checked out...
re: Rolf Vector Pro: newbie curious about lingo and valve stem!emils01
Mar 21, 2002 4:59 AM
They were bought on ebay. And I swear I found glue residue on them. I WILL take them to my local shop. Thanks again.
Whoa... Wait... Rolf uses the same decal for clinchers & tubsjeebus
Mar 21, 2002 7:06 PM
Rolf used the same decals for both clinchers and tubulars. Thus, the info for both rim types is indicated on the one type of decal. This way, Rolf wouldn't have to get two types of decals printed up.

jeebus.
Whoa... Wait... Rolf uses the same decal for clinchers & tubsemils01
Mar 23, 2002 5:19 AM
Ah haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. The second I saw your explanation I saw the light. The blanks were filled in, etc. Rolf dismisses his ineluctable educational duty to save a few. Damn.
I've only seen tubulars once and was confused when my clincher tires were so close to the word tubular.

Thanks!
48mm valve stem inner tubes.Spoke Wrench
Mar 20, 2002 6:58 AM
You may have to look around a little to get these, but 48mm inner tubes are clearly the "A" solution. I hate valve extenders except for emergencies.

I don't know know about the tubular reference. I saw a wheelchair once that had a strange kind of tubular tire on a 700c clincher rim, but there is absolutely no way to mount a clincher tire on a rim designed for tubulars period.
48mm valve stem inner tubes.emils01
Mar 21, 2002 5:02 AM
OK. Thanks for the info. If I find out why the wheels say "Tubular" on them, I'll pass it on.
re: Rolf Vector Pro: newbie curious about lingo and valve stem!spdplayr
Mar 21, 2002 5:50 AM
I posted a similar question a while back about the wheels. My pros say the same thing. I was so pissed when i got them I read that thinking I would have to be gluing tubies but, alas! I put on a set of clinchers and they work!
I have no idea what the decals mean. maybe a mistake by the manufacturer.

I also found the same problem with the valves. Performance sells both types of valves with just about every tube they carry. (both short and long) but I think i will pick up some extenders as well.
re: Rolf Vector Pro: newbie curious about lingo and valve stem!emils01
Mar 23, 2002 5:21 AM
It's lame that Rolf uses the same decal for both rims. But, the wheels do rule.

Thanks.