Tubeless for CX advice
I’m new to CX and out of touch with MTB, and I use the bike for racing CX only.
I’ve just got a pair of wheels built with the Stans Alpha 340 rims, which are made for tubeless.
I got them used, with the intension of running tubes, but am now thinking about tubeless possibilities, which I’ll try and discuss (from my limited understanding) below:
2 layers of yellow rim tape
Tyres – will my current (non tubeless specific) Schwalbe CX Pro clinchers be ok?
Weight – I’ll obviously save ~260g from a pair of inner tubes, but will add 2 valves and some sealant, and idea what that’s likely to weigh?
Reliability – how reliable will this be? I’ll gain reliability from not having a tube to puncture, but risk burping air? Is there any difference in riding a flat with a tube or without a tube (ie both are impossible) as one of the benefits of a tubular tyre is the ability to ride a flat to the pits for a wheel change.
Ride – will be able to run lower pressures without fear of pinching, and running without tubes should give better feel / performance.
Cost – if I can use my current wheels and tyres then its just some sealant, valves and tape – £20?
Any more thoughts / suggestions or risks appreciated!
Thanks!Posted 4 years agobenjiSubscriber
Run too low and you risk burping them. There is a lot more info on the american cyclocross magazine website about running tubeless. I’m still on tubes as I like to be able to change my tyres round to suit conditions. Tempted to try it, and then buy a second set of wheesls instead, be interested to hear how you get on.Posted 4 years agoshortbread_fanylionSubscriber
I’ve recently set up my rear CX wheel tubeless using non tubeless Shimano wheels using Geax XG TNT tubeless ready tyres. Initially I set them up using electrical tape and a tubeless valve but suffered a bit of burping so I trimmed a 29er stans rim strip I had lying about ( it was too wide for the rim). Works great and no burps now, sealed well and seems solid.Posted 4 years agoplus oneMember
Yes you want tubeless ready tyres(. Not much choice ) but worth it.. Easy to inflate less chance of burping and hold air better.. The non tubeless tyres I tried were hard to inflate/burped etc.. I’m running vittoria xg tubeless ready ..
So far so good 🙂
High on bikes stock emPosted 4 years ago
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