2 flats first ride

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Re: 2 flats first ride

Postby Chris Thornham » May 6th, 2014, 10:11 pm

bostonalex,

Our spoke holes are 8.5mm +/- 0.2mm. I'd go for the 8.5mm version.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

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Re: 2 flats first ride

Postby bostonalex » May 7th, 2014, 7:29 am

Thanks!

Chris Thornham wrote:bostonalex,

Our spoke holes are 8.5mm +/- 0.2mm. I'd go for the 8.5mm version.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

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Re: 2 flats first ride

Postby Radioactive Man » May 9th, 2014, 3:40 am

Velo plugs fixed my rear wheel flat issues 4 rides so far all good! I ran a single long strip of electrical tape over the plugs to make sure they stayed put also seems to have done the trick. When I removed the rim tape you can see impressions of only 3/4 of some spoke holes!
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Re: 2 flats first ride

Postby Croptop » May 9th, 2014, 3:43 pm

I'm intrigued with the idea of installing Veloplugs in my Flo 30s. Would very much like to hear about any and all experiences (good and bad) with them.
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Re: 2 flats first ride

Postby Chris Thornham » May 9th, 2014, 6:05 pm

Radioactive Man wrote:I just got my FLO 30's and have had 4 flats on the rear only already also, brand new Conti 4000S and tubes.

Rim tape was preinstalled on the 30's so did not touch that. What I found so far is the tyre is damn hard to get on of any wheels I have ever owned, this is not a negative but I think what is happening is the tyre snaps on the rim so tight that I think it grabs the rim tape and moves it. The rim tape for my mind is too narrow for these wider rims and it may be how lucky you are when installing the tyre if it moves enough to expose a spoke hole. When I inspected the rim tape again I find that it is easy to move it side to side (too narrow). I have another two wheel sets from Reynolds and I cannot move the rim tape at all as the edges of the tape are hooked up under the rim lips very snug. So far I have had two that went flat 30mins after installing and two that went flat when I noticed them the next day after a ride the day before. All tubes had holes on the rim (spoke hole) side of the tube and one on the side of the tube!

My next step is I going to try some veloplugs in the spoke holes instead see what happens!

I would also suggest trying new rim tape or veloplugs. If your tire/rim combo is tight enough to cause your rim tape to move, then that is not good. That has to be what is happening if you are continually getting flats. That or you have something small in your tire that you haven't been able to get out.

Other than this annoyance these wheels are awesome stiff and going downhill at 60km/hr I literally feel like I am on rails riding 29er rims :)

My only other constructive criticism is the freehub is noisy compared to something like DT Swiss or Dura Ace but never had a skip so very solid just loud like a damn Zipp wheel. Makes it harder to escape at early hours of the morning trying not to wake up my little ones :) If you could improve all these things and maybe give black sapim spokes as an option these wheels are A+++. BTW the ceramic bearings are so smooth full marks for that option already superb on par or better than DT Swiss for a fraction of the cost a no brainer!

The "loudness" of a hub seems to be a personal thing. Some people like them loud, others like them quiet. I think the important thing to focus on, is whether or not the hubs perform well. Also, if you lift your rear wheel about an inch off of the ground while sneaking out of the house, you should be able to keep the little ones asleep. I know how important that is!

Cheers
Marty
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Re: 2 flats first ride

Postby Van » June 4th, 2014, 1:30 pm

I'm so glad to see this discussion, I've been wondering if I have a set of malfunction wheels.

Few months ago, I bought a pair Flo30, I was so excited, put on new Conti 4000S tires and tubes, and went for a ride, in a middle of the ride, got flat, replaced tube and got home. When got home, flat again, replaced new tube, checked for cuts, thorns...etc, checked to be sure the tube installed correctly, put some air. Next day, got flat again, before riding... Frustrated, took the wheels off and put them in the garage.

Put back the Boyd wheels with the same tires and tubes from the Flo30 wheels, went on riding for the last few months, not a problem.

Then last few weeks, took Flo30 wheels to a shop.
Yup, it was the rim tape, too narrow, and moved off the side when the tube gets air...etc.

I bought the Zipp rim tape that made for Zipp 101 (wide rim), and the problem solved (another suggestion from the bike shop is to use a tape that has some glue underneath would work). I've also been riding with 25mm-tire, seem works very well.

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Re: 2 flats first ride

Postby Chris Thornham » June 5th, 2014, 9:39 am

Thanks for the input Van. Glad this is all sorted out.

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Re: 2 flats first ride

Postby tjarus » June 15th, 2015, 5:14 pm

Glad to see these posts. I have put in 3 tubes in my back tire on the Flo 60 and they flat out. I don't know what Veloplugs are but maybe my bike shop will know or using a thicker rim tape or rim tape with adhesive. This is crazy! I've been to the bike shop twice for this and they can't find anything wrong with the tube, the tire or the wheel. Didn't you all provide the rim tape and if so, shouldn't you provide wider tape for just this problem?

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Re: 2 flats first ride

Postby Chris Thornham » June 17th, 2015, 11:26 am

tjarus wrote:Glad to see these posts. I have put in 3 tubes in my back tire on the Flo 60 and they flat out. I don't know what Veloplugs are but maybe my bike shop will know or using a thicker rim tape or rim tape with adhesive. This is crazy! I've been to the bike shop twice for this and they can't find anything wrong with the tube, the tire or the wheel. Didn't you all provide the rim tape and if so, shouldn't you provide wider tape for just this problem?

Thanks.


tjarus,

The proper width rim tape was provided with your wheels. There are many factors that go into getting a flat. It could be anything from a small object in the tire, to improper installation of the tire, tube or rim tape. I'd be happy to talk with you on the phone if you are still having issues. I'm 702-529-4744. Call anytime.
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Re: 2 flats first ride

Postby Vitorres » October 20th, 2015, 7:12 am

Have this issue been corrected? I noticed that the posts go all the way back to 2013, it seems obvious that there's something wrong with the tape provided.
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