Need rim tape on Ksyrium Elite wheels?

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  1. greyg8r

    greyg8r New Member

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    I just purchased a set of Ksyrium Elite wheels for my Orbea Onix and have a simple question: do I / should I use rim tape? The nipples do not extend through the wheels and thus do not touch the tube.

    What do ya'll do?
     
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  2. parawolf

    parawolf New Member

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    No tape required.
     
  3. rwinthenorth

    rwinthenorth New Member

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    I would still think you'd want to use rim tape to keep the rubber from bouncing around on the sharp edges of the holes:confused:
     
  4. Frigo's Luggage

    Frigo's Luggage New Member

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    No tape required.
     
  5. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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  6. OldGoat

    OldGoat New Member

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    Ksyrium ES wheels have no holes on exterior (tube-side) rim surface , so no need for tape. If Elite's (or any other clincher rims) have holes, they have to be covered; otherwise you WILL have a blowout eventually as pressure in tube will force tube surface down into hole and hole edge will wear hole in tube. Happened to me this past summer; had blowout on inner surface of tube. I could see all the little round sots where each nipple hole was wearing tube away. I had lightweight nylon tape (came w/ wheel) which wore out--replaced with Velox cloth. High pressure (10 bar) in tyre probably contributed to problem, but it was going to happen eventually.
     
  7. Bob Ross

    Bob Ross New Member

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    Ksyrium Elites, just like Ksyrium ES's or SL's, do not have holes. No rim tape required!

    It is however recommended that the hole for the valve stem and the welded seam 180° opposite that hole be covered with electrical tape, to prevent potentially sharp edges from compromising the tube.
     
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