Ok I had some couple of years ago on my cotic soda. Set them up tubeless 'learnt the knack' of getting tyres on and off. Did all the stuff watched the videos, ripped flesh from nails, broke and tried loads of different tyre spanners, bought the co2 stuff, used the fairy liquid with the brush, threw the wheels across the garden, picked them up again PESERVERED ...and just about sussed it having previously popped tyres on and off my orange like a good’n for a few years (Mavic normal rims).
So ran tubeless for quite a while, pulled out thorns etc. marvellous. I still dreaded changing tyres but got on with it until….. one cold rainy winter night ride in the middle of nowhere a big slit inside wall and a long walk home. I then decided to run tubes again for the winter but couldn’t be bothered to go back to tubes in the summer anyway.OK I know that could happen with tubes but it’s worse with tubeless (don’t disagree unless it’s happened to you with both please).
I then sold the stans wheels never really looked back.
So got a lovley new 29er and broke front wheel on the big rocks in the dales.
I thought I know what I’ll get some spanky handmade wheels from Merlin. Hope hubs and Stan's I’ll give it another go order the arches which were wider than the crests I had and decide if I should go tubeless when I get them...turned up today (great wheels Merlin boys) OK I don't want to go tubeless.so fit all the stuff rotors, cassette etc....and then the tyres..déjà vu all over again….it took twice as long as doing the other stuff and annoyed me A LOT.
Thought. Compared to the other wheels I've had, Mavic not ust, dt Swiss tubeless/ust ,wtb I 19 tubeless/ust which tyres pop on and off of with great ease, life is too damn short for stans notubes rims...ok I know they’re not ust and can take most tyres whether they’re ust or not but come on Stan sort it out man it just shouldn’t be that difficult.
I now have two choices, run them tubeless again so I don’t have to repair punctures from thorns and take the damn tyres on and off mid ride with the help of 4 mates and 20 tyre spanners and buy tyres that weigh a ton with thick sidewalls OR sell them and lose money and order some more wheels from Mr Merlin man.