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TUFOs: Will they work without the white cloth strip?(9 posts)

TUFOs: Will they work without the white cloth strip?Synchronicity
Oct 19, 2003 7:48 PM
As mine have all this TUFO gunky glue on them (complete with carpet & dog hairs) and there was no way it was coming off, so I just ripped the cloth tape right off.

Q: will the tyre stick to the rim without this cloth tape?

I've pumped up the tyre to about 100psi, and it doesn't leak air or anything without it....
oh, myDougSloan
Oct 20, 2003 6:47 AM
Without the base tape? I would not even consider it. However, in all fairness, I can't think of exactly why.

Info on repairs:

On normal sew ups, NO......On TUFOs,.........MaybeMR_GRUMPY
Oct 20, 2003 7:14 AM
Since you can't repair Tufos like you can a normal tubular, you might get away without the base tape. Just check the sidewalls of the tire often to make sure the rim isn't wearing it away. Without the base tape the sidewall will contact the rim when going through a turn.
On a normal tubular, if you take off the base tape, the stiching will get covered with glue. That makes it impossible to open up and repair.
re: TUFOs: Will they work without the white cloth strip?_jim_
Oct 20, 2003 6:25 PM
here's an original idea. call tufo and ask them
I think we all know what they will sayDougSloan
Oct 21, 2003 6:39 AM
They don't want product liability suits; if the strips weren't necessary, then why would they put them there in the first place? I'd be totally shocked if they say it's ok to tear them off and still use.

re: TUFOs: Will they work without the white cloth strip?Synchronicity
Oct 21, 2003 8:29 PM
[sarcasm on]
Oh really? I never thought of doing that. What a clever chap you are!
[/sarcasm off]

Seriously, if that was suggested every time someone posted a question, there wouldn't be a components forum, would there? What a complete and utter lousy reply. We might as well just all ring/e-mail the manufacturers instead of pfaffing about on here.
re: TUFOs: Will they work without the white cloth strip?_jim_
Oct 21, 2003 8:47 PM
a stupid question deserves a sarcastic answer, and thanks for your retort...

now, on the other hand, i keep forgetting the know it alls in this forum know more than the manufacturers themselves... how silly of me

maybe you should submit a post to discuss a tufo tire with the white cloth strip vs a tufo tire without a white cloth strip...
You know it isn't easy..........................................Synchronicity
Oct 21, 2003 10:23 PM
......contacting manufacturers when you're living on the otherside of the planet! It means waking up at 2:00 or 3:00am, and then sometimes being on hold for ages at relatively expensive call rates.

I just wanted people's opinion and I got it promptly. Thank-them. They said for normal tubulars it shouldn't even be considered. But TUFO reps can't talk about normal tubulars, can they? I'm relatively new to tubulars, only having bought TUFO S3 lites and a pair of Contis, so I don't know about them either. I Just wanted the opinion of people who actually have experience with gluing on both types of tubulars rather than some bimbo secretary, if that's alright with you.

Don't patronise me for asking a decent original question, just because it isn't something like a typical "crank-length question", "shimano vs campy" or "help! what wheelset do I buy?"
for the record_jim_
Oct 22, 2003 7:27 AM
fair enough then.

for the record, i highly recommend the tufo s3 lites (<215gm version), but do keep the backing cloth intact.

for gluing, the conti glue is great, and the tufo double sided tape also works very well, if you cannot be bothered messing around with glues. just make sure you consult someone who knows something about tubular glues before you try gluing yourself. some people don't put enough on the rim bed, and others slop it all over the place, including the braking track... good luck