- Really dumb question : Tubeless
Most of my tyres are just standard ones… But they can be harder to get up and harder to seal, sometimes. A bit of research helps, and a bit of not buying panaracer. More than anything else what you’re buying with UST or Tubeless Ready is a bit of certainty.
UST tyres tend to be hefty and expensive, and not neccesarily required- I see them as being basically like dualplies, some people will benefit from them but for most people they’re just a bit wrong. But tubeless ready (or TLR, or LUST, or 2bliss) can be a good balance- quite often there’s no downside, all Specialized Control tyres are tubeless ready frinstance.
There’s no obvious link between wire/folding bead and tubeless ease, some wirey tyres go up really easily, some are utter bastards.Posted 4 years agoFuzzyWuzzySubscriber
They’ll say in the description, certainly wire bead ones won’t be. Do yourself a favour and save yourself some grief by buying tubeless ready ones – yes you can get normal ones to work but the vast majority of people having issues are doing it ghetto at some point (normal rims, normal tyres etc.)Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
Check out this link.
All the Tubeless ready tyres are clearly marked
Personally I use Schwalbe UST. I might try a TLR Hans Dampf next.
I wouldn’t mess around with non tubeless ready tyres.
Most of the time it works fine but tubeless can be a frustrating faff at times, no reason to make it harder than it needs to be.Posted 4 years agoMukeMember
Lots of vids on youtube showing how to go tubeless with normal rims and tyres. Seem to consist of using Stans No tube Fluid with either split tube or gorilla tape to seal the rim,lots of soapy water lube and a decent air supply, not tried it myself but thinking of giving it a go as lots of local bridleways are now carpeted in Hawthorn clippings and regular punctures are becoming a pita.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve only had one non-tubeless tyre that was totally unworkable (and also, one tubeless-ready Schwalbe that was faulty and wouldn’t bead up, fwiw). But tubeless without proper rims was a proper faff for me, I’d not do that again. Rims are the really important part IMO.Posted 4 years agopictonroadSubscriber
I literally could not get Nobby Nics on a crest rim, yellow tape, washing up liquid, metal tyre levers. I would have had to damage the rim to get them on. It wasn’t technique, they were just incompatible.
However, various Maxxis, Bontrager and Geax go on by hand.Posted 4 years ago
Can’t remember for sure if it was a nic or a ralph now but likewise I had a TLR one that wouldn’t go on any of my tubeless rims- not the Stans or the 819s. Even with a tube and stupendous pressures it wasn’t ever going to go on the bead. But that’s just defective/unfit tyres, rather than a tubeless thing, it’d probably have had issues on some non-tubeless rims too.Posted 4 years agoBoardinBobSubscriber
Got two of my three bikes running tubeless
Bike 1 – Sun Ringle Comp rims with Stans stickers on the side. They came with tubes but had the yellow tape already installed. Removed the tubes, popped in a valve, refitted the tyres – non UST 2.5 Minions and they inflated first time with a track pump. Popped in some Stan’s fluid and I’ve had zero problems since
Bike 2 – WTB Dual Duty Freeride rims. Used the Stan’s freeride kit. Yellow tape and rim strips plus non UST 2.35 Minions. Went up easily with a track pump. Were running fine until I got a massive gash on the rear that the fluid couldn’t seal so I swapped the Minions for Smorgasbords. No way they were going on with a track pump so I had to use a compressor but they’ve been absolutely fine since.
Bike 3 will be getting converted in the next couple of weeks.Posted 4 years agomeftyMember
Standard Kendas seem to tubeless well, ironically UST Kendas seem to be complete **** The sidewalls aren’t tough, mind.
I have been using the Kendas on these rims with ghetto rim strips for a few years – the new innovation is the use of home made sealant and compressor. Where I ride isn’t very rocky – I have never done a sidewall – so that weakness is less likely to impact me.Posted 4 years ago
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