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H3 users(4 posts)

H3 usersAkirasho
Jun 15, 2001 7:32 AM
Considering that the H3 (clincher) has a solid rim (no spoke holes... and only the valve stem hole) do any of you use rim strip on said?

I was thinking that it would be unnecessary in all but extreme cases (unless I hear otherwise) like long braking descents where said tape might act as a heat sink and protect the tube.

Any comments??

Be the bike.
re: H3 usersLazy
Jun 15, 2001 7:47 AM
I've got a rim strip on mine. I was thinking about not putting one on, but for some reason I was compelled to use one. I just couldn't bring myself to put a tube on there without the rim strip first. Maybe I'm a slave to tradition or something awful like that.

The only actual reason I could think of at the time was that it would maybe protect the tube/stem interface a little. The heat sink theory sounds logical though.

Glad to see you back.
You don't need themDave Hickey
Jun 15, 2001 8:45 AM
I used to have the Specialized Tri-spoke. It's the same wheel. I never used rim strips
rim stripsDog
Jun 15, 2001 9:32 AM
Like the Ksyrium, no need for rim strips.

If you are talking about cloth rim strips, I'd think they would act more like an insulator than heat sink. Might help.

BTW, I wrote Lew about carbon and heat transfer abilities, and would tubes be at risk from over heating with all carbon wheels (tubulars), and they responded that carbon is a fantastic insulator. They said you could immerse a carbon rim in boiling water, remove it, and handle it bare skinned immediately. So, with a carbon rim with an aluminum channel, like the clincher HED, you might get a little more heat transfer to the tube under hard braking, as the heat cannot dissipate to the air as easily as a bare alum rim. If a rim strip totally kept the tube from touching aluminum (combined with the tires), I suppose it might help. Good thought.

Doug