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    Lightest rim-tape for non-tubeless wheels?

    Tried to search, but didn't come up with much that wasn't for Stans...

    What are you guys using?

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    I use a fibrous no-name brand tape that's about 2 grams per rim, and costs $10 retail for a 50 foot roll. Its basically the same stuff as the old "Rox" rimtape, except only in black, comes in four widths, and well, unlike rox, your $10 buys you more than 2 rims worth.
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    Eclipse 21g...

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    Tried to search, but didn't come up with much that wasn't for Stans...

    What are you guys using?
    the Eclipse rimstrip weighs 21g, add 9g for the valve and 5g for the adhesive tape that goes underneath...so the setup for 1 wheel weighs 35g
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    will the eclipse system work for non dt-swiss wheels (say mavic 717's)?
    i've used the maxxis tr strips and they work great. however, they do weigh about 100 grams each so there is actually a weight gain (100 grams for the strip and another 100 grams or so for the sealant per wheel).

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    So you want a light rim-strip for a standard tube and tire????

    2 layers of strapping tape---Office Depot $5 for a 25 yard role. It only comes in 1 inch wide-but you can just cut it to the width you want and it will work killer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nino
    the Eclipse rimstrip weighs 21g, add 9g for the valve and 5g for the adhesive tape that goes underneath...so the setup for 1 wheel weighs 35g
    You must have forgot to read the OP message before posting. He was asking about NON-TUBELESS.

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    the Velox cloth tape is 12-14g per wheel.
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    What about the Velo plugs from Velocity, individual hole plugs that are very light and easy to get at your spokes if needed. Sounds like a great idea, i'm going to use them on my new wheel build. Delgado race to DT 240's.

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    sorry, no name that I can remember, but I bought some rim tape that is super thin to aid with tire removal, looks like packing tape but is only 0.08 mm or 0.008 inches thick, reckon it is dang lite too.

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    i've done rims for touring with 2-3 layers of packing tape, all i could get in the middle of nowhere.
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    Velox is the right stuff.

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    I agree, Velox is the lightest I know of, other than packing tape. Packing tape works well but in my experience it is prone to crack and deteriorate in certain conditions (sandy hot and dry, like Utah).
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    Velox moves around...

    Velox works ok on small rims (Mavix XC517, 717, ...).
    In wider rims they move around when they get wet (= flat caused by spoke-hole)
    I swapped to Schwalbe rim-tape now, they have them in several widths.
    Key is to chose rim-tape at least as large as the rim to prevent it from moving.

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    Nylon reinforced packing tape... the kind with the lines.

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    Ritchey wcs red tape is the lightest. I think it is about 5g per wheel for 1 layer. I have used a single layer (no overlap at the valve) fine for over 1 year with flyweight tubes on 330g fly's and maxxlite 310's. For ultra weenies...ot's the go

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    Ritchey wcs red tape is the lightest. I think it is about 5g per wheel for 1 layer. I have used a single layer (no overlap at the valve) fine for over 1 year with flyweight tubes on 330g fly's and maxxlite 310's. For ultra weenies...it's the go
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    I think zipp rim tape is pretty light, and it's made to be extra thin. According to the clincher section of the zipp rim tape manual, they explicity say don't use Velox since it's substantially thicker than the zipp's own tape which the rims were designed for.

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    I've been using electrical tape for years and never had a problem.

    Have no idea how much it weighs, but it's not much.

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    I must be missing something here...granted I used the velox stuff when I was starting out, but seems like tape is tape and expensive tape that does a wheel at a time is marketing hype...

    IMO, If your wheel is built good, any "strong" tape will do. I now use the packing tape with the "threads" in it or sometimes even electrical tape. It's cheap and light. And after probably 6 or so years of doing this, on wheels that have been ridden and raced hard I have had zero problems.

    Granted if you are part of the set it and forget it set, I suppose the thick velox or specific rim tape would be the best option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 23mjm
    So you want a light rim-strip for a standard tube and tire????

    2 layers of strapping tape---Office Depot $5 for a 25 yard role. It only comes in 1 inch wide-but you can just cut it to the width you want and it will work killer.
    Even lighter - I have also used a couple of wraps of the very light and strong mylar "tape" that comes in a VHS cassette (held in place with a light coating of rubber cement). It's also less stretchy than electrical tape.

    For road tires it takes about 4 layers covered by one layer of strapping tape to be sure that it keeps its integrity over the spoke holes at 100+ PSI. For MTB pressures, much less will work.

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    Electrical tape is also actually heavy... about 5g per rim per layer.

    Compared to Rox rimtape which was about 1.5g per rim and only needed a single layer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight
    I use a fibrous no-name brand tape that's about 2 grams per rim, and costs $10 retail for a 50 foot roll. Its basically the same stuff as the old "Rox" rimtape, except only in black, comes in four widths, and well, unlike rox, your $10 buys you more than 2 rims worth.
    Where do you buy that tape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nino
    the Eclipse rimstrip weighs 21g, add 9g for the valve and 5g for the adhesive tape that goes underneath...so the setup for 1 wheel weighs 35g

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    If he didn't post to sell his stuff, we'd have to endure the "where'd nino go" posts.

    As to where do I buy the tape? I special-order it from a canadian distributor at my usual LBS, any LBS in canada that deals with Cycles-Lambert can get it for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtailforever
    I agree, Velox is the lightest I know of, other than packing tape. Packing tape works well but in my experience it is prone to crack and deteriorate in certain conditions (sandy hot and dry, like Utah).
    Agreed. Plus, it's a real b1tch to remove if it does degrade.

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