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    'Helicopter' tape for chainstay protection?

    Just got a roll of this today. I was thinking about using it on the chainstay instead of the neoprene guard that comes with the bike - a little bit cleaner look and a little more tire clearance.

    But maybe just helicopter tape isn't enough protection from the chain? Anyone tried it on their mojo?

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    frameskin

    you can get precut, similar material tape from Frameskin. Works great for protecting the whole frame.

    For the chainstays, his chainstay protection tape is excellent. The helicopter tape alone won't dampen noise or probably protect adequatly in that area, but the latter is just a guess.

    Not sure what his chainstay stuff made of, but it's probably repackaged from some material you can get domestically without paying the shipping etc.

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    mastic tape from home depot. look in electrical isle

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    yeah that frameskin chainstay tape looks like that nice kind of electrical tape. It so happens I already have a roll of that, cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brankulo View Post
    mastic tape from home depot. look in electrical isle
    nice - if that's the same stuff, it's great! much better than helicopter

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    Quote Originally Posted by brankulo View Post
    mastic tape from home depot. look in electrical isle
    Can't beat it. Under 10 bucks for a 10 foot roll IIRC. But a lot trickier to apply than an old tube.

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    I use the old inner tube wrap with a zip tie method. The mastic tape sounds interesting though.

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    I use velcro, well the fluffy side, comes in various widths and colours (I use black). Protects the chain stay and seems to cut down on noise as well

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    I don't know what helicopter tape is but I've been using vinyl electric tape for a while now. No matter how much chain slap you get it doesnt get eaten up and mine has never tried to peel up even after riding in rain, snow, and mud. Looks real clean IMO.

    Make sure it's the vinyl kind. Only .50 cents at your local hw store.
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    Yeah, I use a combination of SurfaceGuard 14mil and 8 mil to protect my bike. It's definitely not as tidy as Frameskins since you cut it yourself, but it's a better value, no big deal to replace, and you can layer it however you like.

    I have used it successfully as a chainstay guard, but I layer it up there real well.

    Alternatively, an old bike shop "trick" I used to use was to buy cloth handlebar tape (it shouldn't be too hard to find some from Cateye) and wrap the chainstay just like a handlebar, except with a lot more overlap. It's very tidy looking if you do it right and dirt cheap compared to helicopter tape.

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    I emailed Scot and he recommended helicopter tape, so I suspect it's durability is fantastic.

    I have used the fuzzy side of industrial velcro (home depot) and loved the results. It's very light, pretty adherent (maybe have to replace every one to two years for agressive DH) and, best of all to me, damps the noise. You can also put a thin strip of weather stripping on the top of the chainstay and then wrap over this with the velcro making for even more noise dampening but decreasing durability.

    I like a quiet bike.

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    not sure if helicopter tape is the same thing - but get some 2" 3M 2228 Rubber Mastic Tape - that stuff is the best to protect chainstay's from chain slap. It also lasts FOREVER.

    Home depot typically carries 1" tape - but for 2" tape you have to order it online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acadian View Post
    not sure if helicopter tape is the same thing - but get some 2" 3M 2228 Rubber Mastic Tape - that stuff is the best to protect chainstay's from chain slap. It also lasts FOREVER.

    Home depot typically carries 1" tape - but for 2" tape you have to order it online.
    No it's not. The mastic tape has more of a rubbery feel and is much thicker.

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    RE: Mastic
    do you guys wrap the stay in mastic like the inner tube method? or just place a strip lengthwise over the chainstay?

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    Does Mastic tape come in clear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-townDave View Post
    RE: Mastic
    do you guys wrap the stay in mastic like the inner tube method? or just place a strip lengthwise over the chainstay?
    I just put it where it's needed



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    Does Mastic tape come in clear?
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    does not come in clear. here is how i did mine


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    Self fusing rescue tape comes in clear and many other colors and you can overlap it pretty thick for more protection. It also doesn't have a sticky residue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastpath View Post
    Self fusing rescue tape comes in clear and many other colors and you can overlap it pretty thick for more protection. It also doesn't have a sticky residue.
    Where can you get it at?

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    www rescuetape dot com
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    amazon
    or ace hardware (Tommy tape)


    Quote Originally Posted by CasinoKiD View Post
    Where can you get it at?

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    There's a few good threads on protecting the Mojo chainstays.

    I went with the Mastic 2228 solution. The tape that I put on in January is still on the bike doing the job.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/ibis/protecti...te-678291.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-townDave View Post
    You can also put a thin strip of weather stripping on the top of the chainstay and then wrap over this with the velcro making for even more noise dampening but decreasing durability.

    I like a quiet bike.
    Similar here but I use that corrugated electrical wire split housing tube stuff, spread it over the chainstay then wrap with an inner tube. Very quiet.
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    Anyone use this stuff on the underside of the bottom bracket? I've already hit some decent sized rocks and really need to add some protection there. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks

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    i put 2 layers of helicopter tape on underside of bb, based on my experience from previous bike on which bottom bracket was just striped aluminum after 5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lev View Post
    Anyone use this stuff on the underside of the bottom bracket? I've already hit some decent sized rocks and really need to add some protection there. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks
    Sure, it works the charm.

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    how about for matte finish frames? do you guys have any suggestions besides frameskin?

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