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Torelli TDF tires w/Rolfs - prone to flats?(6 posts)

Torelli TDF tires w/Rolfs - prone to flats?dave woof
Feb 11, 2002 9:14 PM
I bought a pair of Rolf Vector Comps a few weeks ago.
Man! I have had more pinch flats in the last 2-3 weeks on these than total in the last year! Probably 6 or 7 in that time. I use Torelli TDF tires at 110-120lbs, I'm 170lbs. Bike is about 19lbs. I can literally hit a rock or crack, and know I will have a flat in the 2 minutes. It's aggravating to have to avoid the smallest road crap.

Are these tires or rims more prone to pinch flats? Would a liner help? I do use talcum powder, fwiw. I don't use the ultra light tubes either.


On a related note - while I was changing a flat,I noticed the axle on the rear Rolf was very tight, and a tiny bit rough. It was smooth when I bought them, is there anyway I can loosen the sealed bearing cartridges or anything? I took off the freehub but not sure if I can work on pressed bearings.

tnx again
re: Torelli TDF tires w/Rolfs - prone to flats?Chen2
Feb 12, 2002 6:42 AM
What kind of rim tape do you have on the Rolfs?
re: Torelli TDF tires w/Rolfs - prone to flats?dave woof
Feb 12, 2002 7:59 AM
It's Velox Fon du Jante, cloth I believe... It's the good stuff, not the plastic strip.

re: Torelli TDF tires w/Rolfs - prone to flats?DINOSAUR
Feb 12, 2002 8:29 AM
The Velox comes stock with Rolf wheels. You might consider replacing it. I change my rim tape each time I install a new tire.

On the pinch flats: You probably already know this, but make sure you check your tire pressure before every ride. I'm not familiar with the Torelli TDF tires, but if they are like the tubes they make, they are junk. A guy your weight should not be having pinch flats. I weight 210 and run 120psi front and rear using a Performance Forte Pro Kevlars. When I use Conti GP3000's I run 125psi on the rear. I never have pinch flats...
Unlikely The torellisAndante
Feb 12, 2002 10:13 AM
I have been running ultralight Torelli tubes and tires (PGV) without incident for years. I love the stuff. It is not the crap that the previous post states. I have hear more people calling the Performance stuff he uses crap than the Torelli. When I had a similar problem in the past, it was related to a slipped rim strip.
Feb 12, 2002 3:20 PM
Each man to his own crap I guess...

O.K. if it's not the tubes, not the tires, not the rim tape, not the psi, then I suggest that the original poster carefully run his fingers around the inside of his rims and check for any little metal burrs. It could be that the guy who sold them to you flattened and before he could stop he rode on bare metal for a short while. If you find any burrs carefully sand it down using a low grade metal sand paper. Be careful that you blow all the grit out. In a pinch use a leaf blower to blow all the debris out. Retape with new velox and if that doesn't work, I'm lost..