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Go tubeless?

Discussion in 'Pedal Powered' started by 413x, 23 Oct 2021.

  1. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

    Posts: 23,480

    Location: Llaneirwg

    I've had 2 punctures out and about now and it's getting annoying.

    I've heard good things about tubeless but not 100 percent sure if it's a definite good idea and what's involved.

    Also is there any real difference between kits?

    Have a 29 inch hard tail ebike and do a lot of red grade trails. Hence punctures.
     
  2. inogen

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Jul 2009

    Posts: 5,866

    I thought about it in the spring and spoke to the fella at my local bike shop about it at length. No punctures and a better ride. What's not to like?

    I ended up not doing it though, mainly because if push comes to shove, I like to be able to fix things myself. I watched him fit tubeless tyres on a bike and decided it wasn't for me. I'm glad I didn't as his shop has closed!

    I did put new tyres on my bike this year though and put some of these on. https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Panaracer-Flataway-Kevlar-Puncture-Protection_424.htm?sku=48154

    I also put a fat inner tube in my rear wheel. Ones designed for delivery riders. I'm heavy (over 100kg) and I think that's made some difference. I usually get a couple of punctures over the summer but had none this year.
     
  3. illuz

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Apr 2012

    Posts: 3,944

    Yes.

    Go tubeless.
     
  4. Hedge

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,655

    Location: Somewhere in the middle.

    Yeah do it. Countless YouTube videos detailing it in length.
     
  5. SoliD

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Feb 2004

    Posts: 15,998

    Location: Portsmouth

    No brainer on an mtb in my opinion. Do it.
     
  6. s-man

    Gangster

    Joined: 27 Jun 2004

    Posts: 407

    Location: Sunny Scoatland

    It's a revelation...I'll never go back. Some of the things that I've found in/through my tires these past 4 years prove just how good it is (and how many punctures I would have had!). I went with Stans but the initial outlay can be a bit offputting for sure
     
  7. Caseh

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Sep 2007

    Posts: 5,348

    Location: Sheffield

    I'd strongly recommend going ahead with it anyway - Not a difficult job to do to begin with, and if you do manage to get a puncture on a trail you can still just chuck in a tube to finish your ride. I've been running tubeless without a single puncture (touch wood!) - and I'm over 100KG riding a hardtail bike on downhill/freeride trails.
     
  8. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

    Posts: 23,480

    Location: Llaneirwg

    Yeah I thought this would be the case.
    Having never had a puncture on my road bike I'm surprised I've had 2 already on my MTB. I mean it's not surprising. As the punishment is ridiculous.

    Thanks guys I'll go for it.
     
  9. inogen

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Jul 2009

    Posts: 5,866

    Yeah, I think I might take the plunge at some point. No sense in fixing what ain't broke at the moment though. And I think I'd have to change my rims...
     
  10. Begbie

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Oct 2004

    Posts: 25,291

    Location: ....

    It has it's disadvantages too, it can be a massive pain to setup (depending on rim/tyre/type/pump combo) fixing on the trial can be harder if you want to keep it tubeless for the rest of the ride. It is also more expensive with the cost of sealant. Are you running your pressures too high/low at the moment? Not all rims are TR, I'd assume if you have a modern ebike though then they should be.

    I'd still always run tubeless over tubed even if it's a pain at times.
     
  11. Palladium

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 May 2013

    Posts: 115

    I heard it can be a pain to fit tubeless tyres/rims, and also inflating them (special tubeless pump required). I've seen people using the hot soapy water and brush method which seems to work if you can't get an airtight seal.
     
  12. Caseh

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Sep 2007

    Posts: 5,348

    Location: Sheffield

    I've never needed anything special. and the pump is just a standard Rennkompressor that's about 9/10 year old
     
  13. Begbie

    Caporegime

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    Location: ....

    I definetly have, some tyres/rims play better than others though.
     
  14. Caseh

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Sep 2007

    Posts: 5,348

    Location: Sheffield

    Yeah I've heard people do have issues - I'm using Halo Vapour 35 rims but always use Conti tyres - Which have a rep of being awkward to set up