Bontrager TLR Rimstrips with Tubes?
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    Bontrager TLR Rimstrips with Tubes?

    Hey All,

    I have a set of Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 TLR wheels. The front wheel has been a pain in the d!ck and won't hold air so I'm giving up for now. I was wondering if I could run a tube fulltime with the TLR rim strip still installed or does it need to be removed and install a standard strip or tape?

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    Lew

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    Sure, I do it on one wheelset, not a problem at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet Lew View Post
    Hey All,
    I was wondering if I could run a tube fulltime with the TLR rim strip still installed or does it need to be removed and install a standard strip or tape?

    Thanks,

    Lew
    The reason for rim strips (on tube applications) is to keep the tube from expanding into the nipple cutouts and getting cut. I don't think it matters what kind of rim strip you use as long as it accomplishes that task.

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    Thanks for the replies! Glad it can stay in. Per Bontrager, if you remove it, they recommend replacing it, and at $20 each, I'd rather not.

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    When I replaced the stock bontrager tires on my Aeolus 3s with Corsa Gs, it was extremely difficult to mount the new tires without switching to standard rim tape. I got one tire mounted with great difficulty but couldnít finish the other one. I guess you wonít know until you try it. I didnít want to deal with it if I flatted on a ride so changed the rim tape on the first wheel I had successfully changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet Lew View Post
    Thanks for the replies! Glad it can stay in. Per Bontrager, if you remove it, they recommend replacing it, and at $20 each, I'd rather not.
    Just get Scotch 8898 tape for $6/roll of 55m.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    Just get Scotch 8898 tape for $6/roll of 55m.
    I just bought and used some of this. Went around 1X but now wondering it I should have gone twice?

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    Maybe old news...but I've found is easier to seal difficult tubeless setups after a few days mounted with tubes. I just break one side lose so I can slide out the tube.
    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessism View Post
    I just bought and used some of this. Went around 1X but now wondering it I should have gone twice?
    hmm so how did 1x around work out for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBarney View Post
    Maybe old news...but I've found is easier to seal difficult tubeless setups after a few days mounted with tubes. I just break one side lose so I can slide out the tube.
    Good luck!
    Thanks for the tip. I unfortunately mangled the Bontrager TLR rim strip trying to get their AW2 TLR tire back on. I ended up ripping it out and just used their standard rim strip and a non TLR tire. Can't stand proprietary crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    hmm so how did 1x around work out for you?
    Went back in and redid it with 2x based on info gathered on the internet. The depressions in the tape over the nipple cutout holes was pretty deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessism View Post
    Went back in and redid it with 2x based on info gathered on the internet. The depressions in the tape over the nipple cutout holes was pretty deep.
    I've used it 1x on my Hed belgium plus and yeah the depression is deep, but no tube has ever actually went thru the depression for me after all these years (still on the same tape after 3 years). But hey 2x is safer and tape cost is cheap.

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