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Hi all,

 

I wonder if you can assist me with these questions.

 

I am new to MTB and have 2 questions about tubeless wheelsets

 

 

1. What is the advantage if any to tubless wheels?

 

2. I have heard that you can convert a tube wheelset to tubless, is this a good or bad idea

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Thanks in advance

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Oh yea, one of our fav rants!

 

1) Less down time

 

2) Depends. Best solution is the rim tape, not strip. Mixed results on non-tubeless ready rims. Also mixed results with non-UST tyres, although some will say no problem. Check out Stans No Tubes web site for some videos on this.

 

Since 'converting; myself 18 months ago, not one flat #toucheswood

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Look its like this , you buy a electric toothbrush ( been told they the bomb ) use it for years and say to yourself it’s a toothbrush what’s the fuss, then one day it packs up and you use your normal one till you get a new one and truly appreciate how awesome a electric one is. how did I live without it you say.

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I would say its awesome but I am busy having mo*rse hassles intalling my UST tubeless set. The bead just wont take and I cannot pump mine up

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Lower pressure when running tubeless = better traction = making you a better rider. The reason why you can run lower pressure is that you won't fear snakebite punctures(duh no tubes), and you can ride over duwweltjies no problem

 

Its the best upgrade you can do, forget all components and do this first. Someone mentioned Stan's site...Do it :thumbup:

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Go for it! I'm running two different setups on two different sets of wheels and both are perfect. One set of wheels are American Classics tubeless wheels with a Kenda Karma UST and Vredestein Black Panther UST tyres. Was able to seal without sealant. My other wheels are Shimano XT hubs with DT Swiss 4.1d rims, converted with the CafeLatex tape and valves, running non tubeless Schwalbe Rocket Rons. Took about a week's worth of riding to get them to stay inflated, but now they're perfect.

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1) Less punctures = less downtime during a ride and less money spent on tubes, lower tyre pressure = better traction and more cushy ride.

2) Ideally you want a UST wheelset, but you can convert normal wheelesets. Use stans yellow tape and stans sealant and you should be fine.

 

Don't forget to use proper UST tyres for the best results.

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I would say its awesome but I am busy having mo*rse hassles intalling my UST tubeless set. The bead just wont take and I cannot pump mine up

Have you tried with compressed air at the local garage? I also had problems the first time untill I used compressed air to get the beads to sit.

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Have you tried with compressed air at the local garage? I also had problems the first time untill I used compressed air to get the beads to sit.

 

Yeah I have. I install it as recommended with using the inner rubber strip and valve as well as the rim tape. I'm sure there isnt any leakages as everything is sealed up well, but the beads seem to not stay on the edges of the rim and air leaks out while pumping.

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Hi all,

 

I wonder if you can assist me with these questions.

 

I am new to MTB and have 2 questions about tubeless wheelsets

 

 

1. What is the advantage if any to tubeless wheels?

 

2. I have heard that you can convert a tube wheelset to tubless, is this a good or bad idea

.

Thanks in advance

 

1.Main advantage is much better resistance to flat tyres caused by punctures....use Stans as sealant inside tyres.

2.Ghetto tubeless converts tubed tyres to tubeless...done it and it works fine but do not get silly and run extreme low pressures ie.accept 2 bar as a safe minimum(depending on your weight).As far as resistance to flat tyres it does the job.Alternatively 2bliss and UST tyres are the more expensive and arguably "better" option.That being said you say you are new to mtb so do the ghetto.Google ghetto tubeless...there is plenty info on the net.

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Tyre liners are a great way of adding weight to a tubed wheel, should you need that.

They are to puncture prevention what crochet is to contraception, to misquote and old quote.

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