Review | The Rimpact tubeless tyre inserts are some of the best value rim protection you can get

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Tubeless tyre inserts claim to offer additional protection for your mountain bike rim, so you can run lower tyre pressures for improved traction. The Rimpact Tyre Inserts are a relatively new option, so we got our local rim-dinger, David Hayward, to put them through the grinder as part of a tubeless insert group test. Over to David for the review.

We’re quite far into this tyre insert grouptest and I’m running out of things to say about foam. The smartly named Rimpact is another such foam tyre insert, with a bigger cross section than some, but a much lighter weight, coming in at just 89g per wheel. Plus 6g each end if you get Rimpact’s valves too.

rimpact tubeless tyre insert
Rimpact tyre inserts come as a pair, with or without valves.

Rimpact does a couple of different versions, and this is the downhill/enduro/trail option that’s designed for 2.3-2.6in wide tyres. Rimpact also does a wider version for plus tyres.

The inserts are only available in pairs, as Rimpact reckon you get maximum benefit from running them in both wheels at once due to the change in handling characteristics. They do however come in combos to suit pretty much every mountain bike, including mixed wheel sizes.

rimpact tubeless tyre insert
The insert is designed to sit inside your tubeless tyre to provide added cushioning against hard impacts.




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Interested to see what other tubeless inserts are available and how they perform? Check out all of our tubeless insert reviews right here!

Review Info

Product:Rimpact Tubeless Insert
Price:£36.99 (pair including valves)
Tested:by David Hayward for 2 months

Comments (9)

    i picked up a pair of these in finale after my huck norris gave up the ghost. seem really really decent and fairly priced, especially with valves. Rimpressive!

    I really like these. I consider getting a pair of these for my rigid hardtail fro a touring trip next month.

    I’m also impressed with the performance of these, but would appreciate any tips on removal – as I’m not finding it easy at first attempt.

    There is a new insert coming out, the rockstop rim protector, do you have one on test? The design seems to be very good but the durability is still to be determined

    Dear David,

    I was just on the cusp of comitting to the Panzers after your review of them when I read this. I kept gettiing put off by the price of the Panzers, but now these seem like a winner.

    @chakaping – unscrew the valve nut and use the valve to push the insert up away from the rim well, making room for the bead to move. At that point, if I can’t break the bead by hand, pushing down on it with the back of a tyre lever usually works.

    @srgyoel Yes, we’ve been talking to them and some are apparently on the way.

    Thanks, will try that later.

    I kept gettiing put off by the price is correct is good quality

    Thanks for the tip on removing these, as in breaking the bead seal, it was SOME forearm workout the one and only time I had to do this.

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