$2.5k fat bike: Trek vs Giant vs Specialized vs Framed Bikes

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Re: $2.5k fat bike: Trek vs Giant vs Specialized vs Framed B

Postby c0nsumer » December 13th, 2019, 7:47 am

Not quite. You still need a rim strip with tubes because otherwise the tubes will expand through the holes and tear. For this you need a cloth, vinyl, whatever strip. Note that if you use a pourous strip the tube will get exposed to ozone and degrade faster. I had this happen here: https://nuxx.net/blog/2014/05/26/failed ... ight-tube/

For tubeless you need to seal up those holes with tubeless tape, and a backer (the rim strip) to support the tubeless tape so it doesn't expand/pucker and affect your tubeless setup.

Surly makes some rim strips. Other people use Duck (brand) tape, ribbon, etc.

This all gets at the root of why I personally am not fond of doing tubeless on rims with cutouts. With solid rims (eg: HED, Specialized Stout OE, Bontrager Jackalope) all you do is put the tire on and add sealant, as the nipples (being aluminum and all) seal themselves against the rim, and there's no cutouts to leak.
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Re: $2.5k fat bike: Trek vs Giant vs Specialized vs Framed B

Postby bbender785 » December 13th, 2019, 7:48 am

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Re: $2.5k fat bike: Trek vs Giant vs Specialized vs Framed B

Postby c0nsumer » December 13th, 2019, 7:58 am

bbender785 wrote:Bling Strips:

http://fattystripper.com/


FWIW, these are just non-adhesive strips of 3M retroreflective material.
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Re: $2.5k fat bike: Trek vs Giant vs Specialized vs Framed B

Postby bbender785 » December 13th, 2019, 8:03 am

they're actually fully adhesive backed, you just remove a couple inch section of the backing tape where it overlaps itself to hold it together. i made my own rims strips using carbon fiber look vinyl, with the sticky side fully exposed and stuck to the sticky side of clear packing tape, with some extra clear tape length left to stick to itself once it overlaps. tedious work making them, but its fun having something noone else does (and it's the closest i'll ever get to having carbon wheels, haha).
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Re: $2.5k fat bike: Trek vs Giant vs Specialized vs Framed B

Postby mtbdudex » December 13th, 2019, 8:05 am

bbender785 wrote:Bling Strips:

http://fattystripper.com/


Perfect!
I'm buying the reflective blue, love it, thx.

The Works - Tubeless Kit
$38.00
2 pairs of FattyStripper RimStrips.

1 pair of tubeless valves.

1 pair of 3M BlingStrips (specify COLOR, rim width and diameter - 26", 27" or 29").
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Re: $2.5k fat bike: Trek vs Giant vs Specialized vs Framed B

Postby flamingo » December 13th, 2019, 8:17 am

mtbdudex wrote:
bbender785 wrote:Bling Strips:


Perfect!
I'm buying the reflective blue, love it, thx.

The Works - Tubeless Kit
$38.00
2 pairs of FattyStripper RimStrips.

1 pair of tubeless valves.

1 pair of 3M BlingStrips (specify COLOR, rim width and diameter - 26", 27" or 29").


I bought a set last year for my DT-Swiss wheels also with the blue Bling Strips. The kit works grate on those rims. Over the summer time the wheels held 5PSI of pressure
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Re: $2.5k fat bike: Trek vs Giant vs Specialized vs Framed B

Postby bbender785 » December 13th, 2019, 8:24 am

mtbdudex wrote:Perfect!
I'm buying the reflective blue, love it, thx.

The Works - Tubeless Kit
$38.00
2 pairs of FattyStripper RimStrips.

1 pair of tubeless valves.

1 pair of 3M BlingStrips (specify COLOR, rim width and diameter - 26", 27" or 29").


just fyi the fattystripper rims strips are an alternative to tubeless tape. it accomplishes the same thing, just a slightly different approach. most will tell you to just use the tape with those mulefuts since that's what they were designed for. if you do, you just need:

1 Pair 3M BlingStrips
$12.00


i just set up my fourth set of wheels using the fattystrippers though. if you don't plan to swap tires ever (they're pretty much a single-use item), i think it's the best solution for wheels with cutouts. i've run my front tire at 0.5psi on the old window-style specialized wheels in extremely light and dry, fresh snow once with no burps (i'm 200lb fwiw).
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Re: $2.5k fat bike: Trek vs Giant vs Specialized vs Framed B

Postby mtbdudex » December 13th, 2019, 8:27 am

bbender785 wrote:
mtbdudex wrote:Perfect!
I'm buying the reflective blue, love it, thx.

The Works - Tubeless Kit
$38.00
2 pairs of FattyStripper RimStrips.

1 pair of tubeless valves.

1 pair of 3M BlingStrips (specify COLOR, rim width and diameter - 26", 27" or 29").


just fyi the fattystripper rims strips are an alternative to tubeless tape. it accomplishes the same thing, just a slightly different approach. most will tell you to just use the tape with those mulefuts since that's what they were designed for. i just set up my fourth set of wheels using the fattystrippers though. if you don't plan to swap tires ever (they're pretty much a single-use item), i think it's the best solution for wheels with cutouts. i've run my front tire at 0.5psi on the old window-style specialized wheels in extremely light and dry, fresh snow once with no burps (i'm 200lb fwiw).


These are my winter set of tires, sounds like a good match for my needs, I just placed my order $42.25 to local economy.
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Re: $2.5k fat bike: Trek vs Giant vs Specialized vs Framed B

Postby c0nsumer » December 13th, 2019, 10:00 am

If you aren't ever planning to take the tires off those wheels, Fattystrippers will work very well for you.

Just keep in mind they aren't reusable. But if you never take the tires off, then... <shrug>
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