I just set up my Surly My Other Brother Daryl rims to run tubeless. They are 80mm rims and this is my first time setting up tubeless. I used Surly's official tubeless kit for those rims. I believe it uses Whiskey Parts tape. My first comment is that it's really hard to wrap the tape without wrinkles. The tape is flat, stiff and non-pliable. It doesn't want to mold in to a concave shape. I pulled hard and took my time, but there are definitely wrinkles. I tried to make sure that the tape is as wrinkle free as possible on the edges.
Got the tires mounted with a compressor. The front holds fine, but the rear loses pressure quickly as I ride (10 psi down to 6 is a few minutes). I must admit that there was a bit of a wrinkle at the valve. I assumed that the sealant would take care of it. No sealant is escaping anywhere (I think used 4oz per 5" tire).
I guess I have a few questions here:
- Why is tubeless rim tape so stiff? I feel like I'd get easier results from Gorilla tape.
- If there's a wrinkle at the sidewall or by the valve, is that the kiss of death?
- If a tubeless setup is losing pressure while riding, will it most likely seal up after a few rides or do I need to pull everything off and start again?