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    Does waterproofness of rim strip material make a difference when running tubeless?

    Planning to convert Fatboy rims to tubeless. Given the fact that the rimstrip/ribbon/duct tape will be exposed to snow/water, is there a functional difference in the types of materials listed, or others that you use?

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    Use Gorilla tape. Easy to find and relatively cheap. Works great.
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    Right. That seems to be the consensus. I wonder how the satin tape, ribbon and other materials people use for style hold up to water.

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    If they're thin, and backed by gorilla tape or stan's tape, they might pick up a little ice, but will otherwise be fine. If you use shag or faux fur, expect icicles.

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    If your outside strip is not waterproof then it can get stained with dirt/salt and take on water.

    Personally i wouldn't want the strip saturating with sea water and it constantly being wet on the inside of the rim next to my nipples.

    I use a strip of clear "table covering", its a thin film used to protect a table top... its directly over the black foam so my strip looks shiny black.
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    I am guessing you wouldn't want anything that would let water in, which would allow water to find its way between the rim and the rimstrip.

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    At this point I am leaning toward Gorilla tape, smooth side out.

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    Air pressure against the gorilla tape and ribbon will effectively seal off the edges of the holes. As long as there aren't any wrinkles it'll be fine.

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    They have tons of colored duct tape too if you are just talking rim strips. Look on Zoro tools .com if you want interesting reflective tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach View Post
    If they're thin, and backed by gorilla tape or stan's tape, they might pick up a little ice, but will otherwise be fine. If you use shag or faux fur, expect icicles.
    Nice, very nice.
    To date I have not seen fur rim strip, but i haven't checked out the fat bike scene in Miami lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Use Gorilla tape. Easy to find and relatively cheap. Works great.
    +1 on Gorilla Tape

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