Tubeless on Roval Traversee Trail wheels
Anybody doing this?
Precious little in the way of instructions with wheels or online, so your experiences will be useful.
I’m thinking of putting Bonty Mud X (tubeless ready) on one set and either UST Conti Flows on the other – or possibly some folding Kenda Nevegal 2.35s.Posted 9 years ago
I’d be interested to hear as well, I just picked up a set of these wheels for a build I am doing this week. I have a Bonty tubeless tyre in my spares I could use, also a Conti Vert pro UST (my preferred tyre on other bikes). The wheelset has no real instructions though and are not UST, just tubeless ready. I was going to use the Bonty on the front, and the spare Vert Pro on the rear and run sealant as well. tubeless ready are quite a bit lighter than UST tyres but I have found them a lot weaker in use.
Great wheels and cheap at the moment if you shop around.Posted 9 years ago
Yes worked fine for me (was my first attempt at tubeless to). Wheels came with the blue tubeless compatible strip fitted and the valve so I used those along with Stans sealant.
Used a High Roller 2.35 LUST on the front (bugger to get on) and a Mud-X TR 2.0 on the back (went on easy).
Just followed a few tips I’d read…
1). Stuck the tyre on and soaped it up without using sealant
2). Suspended wheel via workstand to make it easier to work on
3). Inflated tyre to see if it sealed OK without wasting sealant (it did with only a small leak at the valve), on the High Roller I had to pull the tyre up/away from the rim (at the valve) to get it to catch enough to start inflating. On the Mud-X I just pumped quickly and it made a seal straight away.
4). Left for 10 mins
5). Deflated tyre, unseated a section from the rim and poured in a couple of scoops of sealant
6). Re-inflated tyre (after re-soaping) and shook the sealant around then rotated it slowly sloshing the sealant so it completely coated the inside of the tyre
Noticed a slight leak (small bubbles of sealant) on one of the tyres around the valve the following day but just shook the sealant around the area for a minute and it’s not leaked since.
Only ridden them a couple of times but they seem fine, although still getting used to the hollow sound the tyres occasionally make which sounds weird and keeps making me think they’ve gone flat ;p
Also surprised by the amount of grip from the Mud-X at Cwm Carn and Afan (expected it to be a bit pants over rocky sections, it’s a bit odd on the chicken wire on White’s though as the knobs jsut fit in the gaps and catch a bit) but I only fitted it as it was the only half-decent tubeless ready tyre I could get hold of quickly at the time, since bought a Maxxis Advantage to replace it with (although in no particular hurry to)Posted 9 years ago
What did confuse me about the wheels was converting the front to 20mm as it wasn’t really obvious (as no instructions) which of the plastic bits in the bag you were supposed to use and which way around they went. Seemed to go together OK on the second attempt though and I’m hoping if I’d done it wrong it would be immediately obvious…Posted 9 years agogeetee1972Member
Got mine from Freeborn in Horsham for about £350. I am using them tubless, but I have had a few problems with this. They go up fine, using copious amounts of neat washing up iquid. But the first ride out the rear one blew off the rim the first fast corner I took and I’ve been running that with a tube ever since. The front one has also done the same but only once and that was under an extreme side load. Nevertheless, it was going round a steep corner and I crashed as a result.
I should add that I am heavy (104kg) and tend to put a lot of load on side walls so the problems I’ve had might be unique to heavy fast riders. I had the same problems with UST tubeless, but not, funnily enough, when using Stans rim strips. These seem to seal the tyre far better than other methods.Posted 9 years ago
I got mine from certini as well, not aware there is any difference in model year on these wheels anyway, I paid £342 I think which is a great deal. I looked at the build cost for an Enduro front hub laced to 819s and it was going to be the same, this way I have a spare hub that came with the frame if needed in the future.Posted 9 years ago
Actually, when I spoke with certini to sort the wheels they said that the wheels were going out of stock as a good review meant they were in demand. Certini had some stock in of a few sets so probably shifted these pretty quickly and new stock will suffer from exchange rate changes – they are showing no stock till May and a standard MRSP price.
That might all be tosh of course but makes me feel I got a better deal so works for me…Posted 9 years agoStraightlinerSubscriber
Bought mine recently from Freeborn, and really happy with them. Running Maxxis Ignitor XC’s on them tubeless and all going well.
Did have a problem early on with one wheel not staying inflated, but realised I’d slightly damaged the rim strip (be careful when fitting your tyres). Repaired that and all fine now.Posted 9 years agogeetee1972Member
I’m running Maxxis Minnions, front tyre on both the front and the rear, usually with around 30psi in them.
The Roval’s are the lightest wheel set you can buy that still allows for AM use. To illustrate, they are lighter than Mavic 717s on Chris King Hubs, with DT Comp spokes.Posted 9 years agosmurfMember
Haven’t tried mine with tubeless yet but loving the wheels. It’s fairly obvious if you don’t get the adapters in OK as you either can’t get the maxle through the hole (!) or the wheel won’t turn round.
You do get the odd pair turning up on ebay (as well as the lighter versions) as they are OE on Spesh bikes – Spesh now own Roval.
smurfPosted 9 years ago
Had a go at this last night with a Mud-X.
Sealed OK eventually, but air was leaking quickly from around the valve and an eyelet next to the valve.
No instructions and lack of tubeless experience mean I don’t know if I’m making a schoolboy error.
I don’t need to use anything in addition to the blue strips already in place in the rim bed, do I?
And are the valve cores not removable? was a right pain to get the solution in the edge of the tyre instead of squirting in the core like on Mavics.Posted 9 years ago
anyone know for certain if the front is 15mm compatible ?
I asked Freeborn, they had asked Spesh – apparently the 15mm end caps will NOT be available as an aftermarket product for ’08 wheel owners.
I read that the ’09 wheels come with them – but be sure to check before buying.
Happy to have all my wheels 20mm anyway.Posted 8 years ago
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