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Old 11-29-2018, 09:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tubeless tires

School me on tubeless tires.
I'm finally sick of pinch flats enough to switch.
26" Specialized Enduro. Mainly dirt, but I find myself riding rockier terrain more and more.
Any recommendations on full wheelsets?
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Old 12-02-2018, 02:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Kinda simple really. Have a local shop check out your wheel set and see if they are tubeless ready. If not I've use gorilla tape, the poke a hole and grab some stans valve stems. Either you can use Stans or Orange Seal for sealant. 20-25lbs of air pressure depending on your weight.
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If your tires are real old they might not be tubeless ready. Some of the older stuff would bleed air through the sidewalls even with sealant.

Psi REALLY depends on more than just weight. Riding in the rocky NE I run 26-28 in front and 30-35 in back with enduro casings and still rim sometimes. My park wheels with DH casings at 30+ psi I've completely trashed rims.


I stopped using Stans years ago. I had tires that it wouldn't seal with pin holes in it. Dismounted and cleaned and filled with Orange seal and they sealed right up. I been sold ever since and have WAY less flats. Pretty much have to gut a tire to have something not seal now.
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I'm in the same boat. decided to go the gorilla tape / stans route after doing some reading.

Will see how well it works, it seemed to be praised by on the mtb forums.
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm using Stans now, and so far so good. (Watch it fail overnight now). When I install the tire, I coat the bead area with Stans to act as lubrication and also add sealant to that part of the tire. It pops on easier and immediately seals.
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figure it's worth mentioning, I got lucky and my wheels are setup for schrader valves and had a little plastic insert for the presta stem to fit properly.

this let me order a pair of motcross schrader valves that thread in, which are nice alloy, versus the stans stems. these guyshttps://949racing.com/blackanodizedaluminumvalve.aspx

i've had decent luck with presta, but after getting a flat just about every other ride this year got old
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figure it's worth mentioning, I got lucky and my wheels are setup for schrader valves and had a little plastic insert for the presta stem to fit properly.

this let me order a pair of motcross schrader valves that thread in, which are nice alloy, versus the stans stems. these guyshttps://949racing.com/blackanodizedaluminumvalve.aspx

i've had decent luck with presta, but after getting a flat just about every other ride this year got old
Those used to be popular a few years back. Seen those cheap valves corrode bad enough the nut wouldn't come off on the trail. The Stans and Joes valves are meant to not corrode and if they get damaged you can just cut the rubber off and pull them out to put in a tube if needed.

For most wheels you can just drill the rim, I did for years.
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thanks, good to know. I'll have to keep an eye on them and put a little anti-seize on the threads when I throw them in.

will do the rear wheel first, see if it holds well, then do the front after I prove it out
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Keep in mind you may have to add some more sealant every few months, it will dry up and you'll have a big ole stans booger rolling around in your tire. And you may have to add a little air every once in awhile. But it's still waaaaaaaaaaaay better than tubes. Lighter too.
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Orange seal doesn't booger up like STANS works great. 5 bikes with it, only need to add after a bad puncture. Plus is made in the USA Texas
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My tires were already set up tubeless when I got my bike. I had to fix a leak that hadn't sealed, took the tire off, I assume it had orange in it because that's what color it was, all dried up. I live in BFE (no one here will have the bicycle shit) and wanted to get the tire back on, so I used slime and automotive bead sealer. I think that was a year ago and no flats since.
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