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    Roval Rim Tape vs Plugs

    So I don't see much in terms of the use of Plugs over the rim strip on our Roval wheels - does anybody have a long-term experience with those?

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    The brown tape from specialized sucks. If you are going to stick with tape get some stans. I have a couple sets of those wheels and the brown tape will peel up off the rim when going to change tires. It lacks long term sticky. On my 29er wheelset I went to the plugs. They work well. However if you are trying to mount a really tight tire, it will make it more difficult since it is taking up more room then tape in the drop down section of the wheel. I found stans tape was the happy middle ground.

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    Is that "brown tape" tape? I thought it was a plastic strip without any adhesive. When new and aligned properly it works OK but I've seen it get misaligned and cause leaking. Agree Stan's or similar would be better. I use Kapton. I have no experience with plugs.
    Do the math.

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    Guess it is called a strip instead of tape.

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    Ive had better luck with Orange seal tape in terms of shelf life.

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    Schwalbe's and DT Swiss' tapes are way better and come in more widths than Stan's.

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    Stan's tape is awful, relatively speaking.

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    Those plugs are air tight?

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    Plugs are sealant and air tight. I have 3 sets of Roval carbon rims. One with the plugs and the other two with the Spesh tape, multiple tire changes on all and no problem with any of them. I even had some spokes replaced on one rear wheel and used the same strip without any issues. I see no problem or benefit from either and both work just fine.

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    Huh, those plugs are nifty. Wish my rim bed were flat enough to take them! And i can see them causing problems with tight tires. Still an easier solution than tape...

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    Must... have... plugs...

    Hmmm. Not on the website. Will call the local spech shop tomorrow.

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    Local dealer says the plugs are no longer available. Spech ditched them for the reusable rim strips.

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    My Roval Traverse brown tubeless rim strips were no longer functional so I decided to try the plugs which came with the wheels. Easy to install and the tire went on and inflated fine. I added plenty of the new Slime tubeless sealant. One tire held air OK with a slow leak, I didn't do much trouble shooting to find out why. The other tire leaked like crazy from the valve stem and went flat within minutes, despite a quick ride around the drive way plus shake and spin efforts to distribute sealant. By the next day the slow leaker was flat, too. With each plug being a potential source of leakage into the rim cavity that ultimately escapes through the valve stem, I scrapped the experiment and went back to ol' reliable strapping tape. Wheel one held air overnight without even adding any sealant. Wheel two is tonight's project.

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    I bought a set of Roval Traverse SL Fattie wheels around 2 years ago and used the plugs. Extremely simple to install.

    I've moved the wheels between 5 different bikes, have done countless tire changes, and would guess they have 1,500-2,000 miles on them.

    I haven't had a single issue with the plugs.

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    Does anyone know if the Roval rim plugs are reusable?

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