- going tubeless newby questions…
I bought some second hand wheels off here a while ago and they’re set up tubeless. As they’ve been stored for months they were more or less flat today.Posted 2 years ago
Pumped them up but both were leaking air so I need to put more goo in.
Is it just a case of prising off a bit of tyre, chuck stuff in then pop it back on?
Seem to remember having read about using soapy water when putting complete tyre on? Do I need to do that for a small section of tyre?
Sorry dumb questions but there you go!
Yes just pop a bit of Tyre away from the rim and pour in. You can also remove the valves to apply if yours allow it, but with easing a little of the tyre away, you should see the condition of the sealant. I’m sure others will offer better advice than me!
Dont forget to give it a good twist, flip, and shake after.Posted 2 years agocpSubscriber
You can tell if there’s sealant in there as it’ll slosh around if you shake the wheel after it’s been still for a few seconds.
I just remove valve core (most tubeless valves have a removable core) and use small syringe or squeezy bottle to put more in. Then you don’t have to ‘risk’ breaking the bead.
After you put more in, inflate and shake the wheel round to spread the sealant. Then put it on the bike and go for a short ride to make sure its had a chance to slosh around and fill any holes.
EDIT – I have about 100ml in 29×2.2 tyresPosted 2 years ago
More sealant required? Give it a real good shake when in the wheel or ride around the block. Drop some soapy water around the wheel rim to see if bubbles appear to confirm where it is leaking? Might be the rim tape? Remove tyre and re-tape with Gorilla or similar and try again? Duff tyre?Posted 2 years ago
TESA 4289 is my favourite – around £10 for a massive roll that will do 30 rims. Doesn’t leave any residue when swapping. Ebay.
Gorilla leaves a mess and is not particularly better.Posted 2 years ago
To apply the TESA tape properly, you just need to keep the tension going by pulling the roll away from the rim at all times. It a knack that takes one application to get but once you’ve done that just remove it and start again if unsure and your second application will be perfect (no need for more than 1 wrap).
And that’s the beauty with TESA, no residue, unlike Gorilla which is a faff to remove.
Your second wheel will take you 1 minute.Posted 2 years ago
Gave up with the Tesa tape as I was struggling with it getting adhesion on the carbon rim. Was up against time and ended up using Gorilla tape which went on ok.Posted 2 years ago
It was probably user error but the plasticy property of the tape made it harder to use.
I will try again on another set of wheels when I have more time to spare!
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