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I've just unpacked a tubeless wheelset and I'm installing tape and the valve. Which goes first? The tape or the valve?

My wheelset is the DT|Swiss Tricon R 1700. And the manual says: "Mount the DT Swiss valve as shown in the picture. Make sure that NO rim tape ist mounted."[sic]

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Having looked a bit closer, I see these are tubeless specific road wheels. These shouldn't need a rim tape at all.

Just, make sure no rim tape ist mounted, stick the valve in, screw it on and mount your tires.

PS. This has complete instructions on page 10. http://www.dtswiss.com/Resources/Support/WHEELS/WHEELS-User-Manual.pdf

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  • There is a type of tape on some tubeless wheels: notubes.com/ZTR_tubeless.aspx. But you need to just follow the instructions provided.
    – Batman
    May 28, 2014 at 3:33
  • Quite right Batman, however DTs have a solid inner rim.
    – alex
    May 28, 2014 at 3:36
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    @alex Stans have a solid inner rim. They recommend tape to protect from corrosion from the sealant.
    – paparazzo
    May 28, 2014 at 17:45
  • @Blam Wow, that doesn't sound great.
    – alex
    May 29, 2014 at 1:05
  • @Blam So the interior of the R 1700s is painted so hopefully that will also solve the corrosion problem. Either way though, if corrosion was a problem, tape wouldn't protect the walls? May 29, 2014 at 11:32

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