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Is it normal for spokes to poke through the rim this much?

Welcome to Bicycles SE Without being pedantic you’re seeing the top of the nipple making an impression on the rim tape. It might be OK. Lift the tape/liner with a blunt edge and have a look under. As ...
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can I run a tube setup on a tubeless rim without rim tape?

You need rim tape. This is the simplest possible answer. Recall that pre-tubeless, you would need rim tape as well. The tube would expand into the spoke holes and pretty quickly burst. Same story. ...
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Alternatives to rim tape

Several layers of any non-elastic adhesive tape with fabric reinforcement should work. For example medical “fixation” tape like this one from a pharmacy: There are more robust variants, for example ...
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Removing looped rim tape (rim strip) for reuse

Well I guess I could have spent more than 30 seconds trying to do this before posting that question. I just got it off really easily so I'll share what I did. I'll leave the question open for a few ...
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Has this rim strip expired?

This particular rim strip absorbs color from everything, and it is not a problem. Mine have turned green in use from something leaching from tubes. In general, rim strip should be replaced if it ...
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Alternatives to rim tape

I've never tried it, and it would be awkward to cut strips narrow enough but Duct tape should be ideal for the job. It's made with a mesh fabric (which could be made of various materials) which would ...
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can I run a tube setup on a tubeless rim without rim tape?

Yes, you need rim tape, same as with any tube-only rim. The tube will deform at the spoke holes, any of which can create a puncture. The fact that this is a tubeless-ready rim does not confer any ...
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Tubeless Ready Tyres + Rim Strips?

You could use the linked rim tape with a tubeless ready tyre, but you'd have to use a tube since it's not tubeless tape. Tubeless tape typically has a sticky side and sticks to the rim causing an air ...
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Used wheels - corrosion or dried rim tape adhesive?

Thats just the adhesive from the old rim tape. Get a cloth and some rubbing alcohol and rub away, and it should look brand new.
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Rim suspension?

I have never heard of anything like this, and here are my thoughts on why this concept has not been made: My guess is that suspension at the rim and outer end of the spoke will effectively re-tension ...
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Alternatives to rim tape

One of the LBS I went to sells Gorilla Tape as rim tape. https://www.gorillatough.com/product/black-gorilla-tape/ That being said, it's a branded product, I don't know what would be the equivalent in ...
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Rim tape size for 17mm rims(internal)

If you are using a tubeless tape (whether or not you'll be setting the wheel up tubeless), going 5mm-6mm wider than the internal width is a good rule of thumb. Inner width plus 5mm is ideal if you ...
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Can I use rimless tape with an inner tube on a regular (tube style) rim?

The short answer is yes. Tubeless tape will support using a tube just fine. Tubeless tape does not stretch (much) so the indentation at the spoke holes is very minor. Remember it is holding back the ...
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Tube puncture over spoke, but rim tape fine

It appears to be over-stretching of the material the inner-tube is made from. Excessive stretching causes the material to thin out and fail. I've experienced this type of puncture on my mountain ...
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Best Alternative Tubeless Tape to Gorilla Tape?

Your plan is correct. 21mm tubeless tape on a 19mm internal width rim is simply a mistake on their part. That won't create the contact needed between the bead and the tape. Hopefully they'll refund it....
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Multiple double holed punctures on the rim side of tube

These are pinch flats, also known as snake bites. For more info, you could have a look at What are pinch flats?, Best practice for patching snakebite pinch flats on skinny tubes and Is there anything ...
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Alternatives to rim tape

I've used 3~5 wraps of painter's paper tape as rim tape for tubed tyres and it has held up well. The trick is to have the right width of tape such that it fills the valley in the rim without getting ...
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can I run a tube setup on a tubeless rim without rim tape?

As others said, you need to cover the holes to prevent extra stress on the tube. I just chime in for an alternative to either rubber bands, tape or plastic bands: Veloplugs - these are plastic inserts,...
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Rim tape blows out in the same spot

I would suspect that your rim tape isn't up to the job of spanning those nipple holes against the pressure of your tubes. Tubeless's big selling point is lower pressure, but your tube is double that ...
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Removing looped rim tape (rim strip) for reuse

My method is very similar to yours, but I avoid the rim hole because it is thinner there even though its double-thickness. I use a sharp right-angled pick to get under the edge of the tape, then work ...
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Spoke nipples sticking out

Yes. You have a single-walled rim (which is a terrible name because it's really a single "valley floor") These are sometimes called "box section" rims because they're ...
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Best Alternative Tubeless Tape to Gorilla Tape?

You don’t need 25mm tape on a 19mm rim. You don’t have to seal the bead on the tape, you just have to seal the spoke holes. I’ve been running 30mm tape on 30mm internal width rims for years and no ...
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Tubeless Ready Tyres + Rim Strips?

It's also the rim being tubeless-compatible that's in question here. The tubeless bead on the tire is part of it, but if you took the same tire and put it on a non-tubeless rim, you could in most ...
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How do I keep wrinkles out of tubeless rim tape?

I don't know why it's so stiff, but other brands of tubeless tape are also stiff. Many riders do choose to use Gorilla tape. If the wrinkle only creates a small air bubble, but is sealed at both ...
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Which rim tape size fits my bike?

I’m pretty sure the wheel size you quoted is what’s written on your tires i.e. ISO 622 rim (aka 28”, 700c) with a 37mm wide tire. You need the internal width between the flanges of your rims to know ...
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Is Tesa packing tape the same as some tubeless tapes?

No. Tesa 4289 is polypropylene. Tubeless rim tape is Kapton, which is a polyimide. The prices I'm seeing for tubeless rim tape are pretty much in line with the prices I see for Kapton tape not ...
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Gluing rim—rim-strip—inner-tube—tire junctions

The static coefficient of friction between rubber and metals appears to hover around the 0.80 mark, so I'll just use that as an approximation. Let's assume the worst-case scenario, where the rim has ...
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Removing looped rim tape (rim strip) for reuse

I did this recently by a different method that worked well on my rims but depends on their profile. I pulled the tape to the side using friction with all my fingertips, exposing a gap under the far ...
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Rim tap moving around

I think there are two questions: Why does my rim tape move? Why does my tube get a hole in the valve stem (needle?) when the tire slips. Second question first. Valve stems get cut by the rim when ...
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Tube puncture over spoke, but rim tape fine

If you're getting this a lot, and changing the rim tape doesn't help then it could be the holes are too large for the pressure in your tubes AND the width of your rim tape (which is regulated by the ...
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