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Tufo tubular rim tape(11 posts)

Tufo tubular rim tapeRoadfrog
Jul 30, 2002 2:21 PM
Anyone ever use this stuff? Sounds too good to be true so I am not sure if I would want to try it. HOP
re: Tufo tubular rim tapeJimP
Jul 31, 2002 5:48 AM
There was a discussion thread about the Tufo tape a couple of months ago. There weren't any good comments that I can remember. There were some folks who said it really stuck but made it hard to align the tire and was very difficult to remove afterwards. This brought on a couple of rants about the white glue and how people didn't like it either. I have been happy with Conti glue but I end up having to clean up with naptha since I seem to get some on the brake surface of the wheel and also on my clothes.

works great!!!DougSloan
Jul 31, 2002 6:33 AM
I was really skeptical about this stuff, but, as I usually do, I tried it anyway.

My preconceived image of the tape would double sided cellophane tape. It's not that at all. It's acually a fairly thick layer of gummy glue, with a non-stick paper backing to allow it to be folded up.

To use it, you unroll the "tape" and stick it on the rim. It's overwhelmingly easy. Takes 30 seconds, and no mess at all. Pull off the paper backing. At this point, you have a rim with a good layer of glue on it. Then, stretch the tire on normally. I used a new Tufo with cotton backing tape with no glue on it, and installed on a Zipp 303 carbon rim. It installed with no mess whatsoever. I could still adjust the tire on the rim to get it on straight.

I pumped to 160 psi to seat the tire well. I rode it on a regular ride after dropping pressure back down to 120 psi. While inflated, I could not budge the tire off the rim at all. Afterward, I deflated to about 20 psi, and tried to peel the tire off. It stuck just as well as any glued tire.

I now carry a strip of the glue with me in my bag to install a spare tubular if necessary on the road. That's something you likely wouldn't do with regular glue.

If something changes long term, I'll re-post. I'll be checking to see whether it dries up or is too difficult to remove.

So, bottom line is that so far it works great. Try it, you like it. Just get past your preconception of double sided tape. It's not that at all.

works great!!!12x23
Jul 31, 2002 8:14 AM
Did you use it on a clean rim, or over rim cement?
sort of bothDougSloan
Jul 31, 2002 8:22 AM
The rim had some old cement, but some bare parts.

sort of both12x23
Jul 31, 2002 3:40 PM
Thanks. I'm gonna try this with the wheels I'm using Sprinters on.
Tufo tire?JimP
Aug 1, 2002 7:04 AM

Are you using Tufo S3 Lites? I had terrible luck with them last year. I had 4 of them start to squirm after a while and then leak where the valve stem goes into the tire. I also wondered about whether the Tufo sealant might have softened the valvestem to tire seal.

Thanks guys!Roadfrog
Jul 31, 2002 10:05 AM
Just wanted to hear some feedback before I try this! HOP
re: Tufo tubular rim tapeRickF
Aug 15, 2002 5:18 AM
Sounds interesting. Where do you get this stuff?
Aug 15, 2002 6:05 AM
Aug 15, 2002 4:49 PM
Thanks Doug. I'll give it a try.