New wheels – to drill or not to drill

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  • Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Stans valves are Presta.

    STATO
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    Tubeless rims, so tubeless them.

    If your sticking with tubes, you only need 3. Front, rear, spare + patches. Should get that for less than £10.

    rj
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    I just got a new set of wheels (Arch EX on Hope) and they’re drilled for Presta valves, but all my tubes are Schraeder. Is there any reason not to stick a drill through the hole rather than buying new tubes, as long as I de-burr it properly? In particular is it likely to cause problems if I want to run tubeless at some point in the future?

    rj
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    So much for that plan, then.

    Premier Icon nickjb
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    I’ve drilled mine. Means I have Schraeder on all my bikes and the wife’s. Bit easier for spares and pumps and Schraeder valves are a bit more robust

    daveh
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    You’ll regret drilling them if you ever go tubeless, which of course you should do immediately.

    Mikeypies
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    drill if you go tubeless use schraeder valves instead of the rubbish presta type 🙂

    winch
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    Definitely don’t do it if you might ever consider selling them.

    orangeboy
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    What’s rubbish about presta valves ?

    chvck
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    wrote:

    What’s rubbish about presta valves ?

    If you have the fettling skills of a gorilla you might break them.

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    Drill them….

    Auto valves
    I did both my flows.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    presta valves half way through an enduro in february with numb hands covered in mud are crap for this gorilla

    fair weather roadies will probably be fine tho

    Mikeypies
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    presta whats the point on mtbs ? the little knob thing can be broken when removing a pump thus rendering the tube useless trialside and they offer no advantages

    as for a smaller hole in the rimm unless you are using super skinny light weight rims there isnt an issue

    neilforrow
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    kayak23 +1

    Just drilled a set of dt swiss m480s. now tuber-less with no tubes valves.

    orangeboy
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    Can’t say I’ve ever had a problem with presta and yes I do ride all year round in the mud and everything

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    All my proper rims are drilled for schrader with small inserts for presta.

    Running Stans Presta valves in the big holes with the insert on mavic rims with just yellow tape, also have Jo’s rim strips on the other ones with Schrader valves. No issues at all.

    Presta is a stupid thing for mountain bikes. Schrader does all of the jobs a presta does but more robustly. The ones on my forks and shocks manage fine with up to 200psi.

    IanW
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    If they were supposed to have a big hole in em that’s how they would have arrived.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    ianw wrote:

    If they were supposed to have a big hole in em that’s how they would have arrived.

    8mm vs 6mm?

    Premier Icon nickjb
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    If they were supposed to have a big hole in em that’s how they would have arrived

    Or they would have arrived with a 6mm hole so you have a choice.

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