Going tubeless

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BambooKiro
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Going tubeless

Postby BambooKiro » 8 Jan 2019, 2:40pm

My MTB came with tubeless ready tyres and rims and inner tubes installed.

I've been riding it for a year and only had one problem with the valve, which got damaged by a rock on a very fast decent, which resulted in a flat. Otherwise - no punctures.

There is plenty of advice on the internet why one should convert to tubeless - greatly improved puncture resistance, rolling resistance and weight, to mention a few.

But so far my need to convert to tubeless is overwhelmed by my confidence patching up inner tubes.

Yet, I'm kind of curious what do people think about tubeless? Is it worth it?

How much extra work and maintenance does it involve? I've heard that you have to top up the sealant regularly.

Anything else?

hamster
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Re: Going tubeless

Postby hamster » 9 Jan 2019, 9:14am

On the puncture side, a lot depends on your local area. If you usually find it's thorns, great. The slime-type solutions work well. Round me it's flints, which tend ot put a cut of 5-10mm in a tyre. These are impossible to re-seal (you have to use the anchovy thingies) and it seems to take as long as swapping a tube.

MarcusT
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Re: Going tubeless

Postby MarcusT » 19 Jan 2019, 3:21am

Another problem with tubeless; if you go flat you will need an air compressor to re-inflate.
I wish it were simple as riding a bike

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RickH
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Re: Going tubeless

Postby RickH » 20 Jan 2019, 1:10am

MarcusT wrote:Another problem with tubeless; if you go flat you will need an air compressor to re-inflate.

Yes if you take off the tyre (or at least unseat the beads) you may well do.

If you can sort the cause in situ - extra sealant, "anchovies", etc. - then an ordinary pump will do the job.

If you have to add a tube that should help to seat the tyre as you inflate it as the effect of adding air pressure into a tube will be different to adding the pressure while tubeless - air in a tube presses out in all directions, but is contained by the tube. In a tubeless system it is tending more to just "look" for a means of escape (the blast from a compressor just gives an extra quick push of air pressure to effect the seal before too much escapes).