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Tubeless tyres do not require an innertube.

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The chemistry of mixing sealants

It's become a fairly common occurrence in shops to be faced with a tubeless wheel that was doing fine, slowly started having issues, and hasn't had a sealant re-up in a while or ever, but what sealant ...
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Do road tubeless tyres lose air faster?

I just replaced my rear wheel with a road tubeless (Bontrager RL TLR). Was lucky to have the bike shop installed the tyre, took two blokes to put it on the rim. Anyway, my second ride was a couple of ...
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Perfectly round holes on new Schwalbe Pro One tire

Two days ago I installed a new pair of Schwalbe Pro One Race Addix (tubeless setup) and went for a first ride yesterday. Today i saw that both tires had some (5 or 6) perfectly round little holes ...
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Are tubeless tyres an upgrade from tubed tyres, or just different?

Bicycle tires have reached a good degree of practicality with clincher tires as used with inner tubes. Unless riding over sharp objects that have a tendency to puncture the tire, punctures are ...
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How to stop dealing with flat tires?

I have a very nice fixie bike, which I keep suffering from flat tires. I live in Bogota which is a city full of potholes in the road. I have been examining options to implement in order to have less ...
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How to recognize a tubeless tire?

I suspect that the used bike I want to buy might have a tubeless tires, but one is flat. Is there any external feature to look at that would allow easily to tell this for sure? I have no experience ...
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How do you fix a puncture on tubeless tires?

I recently got a new bike with a set of tubeless compatible rims. The stock tires are clinchers with tubes. I'm thinking about putting tubeless on there, but I don't have any experience with them. We ...
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How often should I refresh the sealant in tubeless tires?

I've got a set of tubeless tires that have been on my mountain bike for over two summers and have had zero flats. How often should I be adding more sealant? How much? Should I be removing old sealant ...
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Can you run a standard tyre on a tubeless rim?

I have some new tubeless MTB rims and I'd like to avoid buying new tyres for them. The tyres are reasonably sturdy (Continental Race King Protection - 4 plies / total 240tpi) and I have sealant. As I ...
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Do I need to refill sealant after puncture?

I got my first set of brand new tubeless wheels (Mavic Aksium Elite UST) and next day I had a somewhat large (it looks more than 4 mm) puncture. The sealant did its job, but my teammates described it ...
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Can non-tubeless-ready MTB tyres be used to go tubeless?

I'm trying to understand whether it's necessary to buy a new tyre marked as tubeless-ready in order to go tubeless on my new MTB. Initially, I thought that going tubeless simply requires a sealant, ...
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Cut off tubeless plug head?

I use tubeless tires ranging from 30 to 40mm in width. When I puncture and the sealant doesn't cut it, I plug the hole with a Dynaplug. On longer rides, I carry a spare tube (or two) just in case. It ...
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Is it practical to switch from tubeless to tubes every few weeks?

Part of the allure of a gravel/cyclocross bike has been the possibly of having a "do it all" setup. I recently purchased a gravel bike with 38c tubeless tires on it, and I also have a set of 30c ...
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What air attachment screws onto a Presta valve with the core removed? High volume for seating bead?

I have presta valves on two of my bikes. I have a presta floor pump. I have an air compressor. I have a schrader adapter. I have a blowgun and a tire inflator for my compressor. I can attach the ...
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Can tubes be used in tubeless rims as well as tires?

I've gotten a bike with very nice tubeless wheels, however I have little experience with fixing or replacing tubeless tires/wheels. I would much prefer to be able to put a regular mountain bike tube ...
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White foam around tubeless tires

I've bought this bike new about 10 months ago. No issues until now, only the fact that my tires (tubeless) lately have constant white foam like this: Now I have to pump up my tires every day before I ...
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What do I do after a tubeless tire has been punctured and self-sealed?

I picked up a puncture in my rear tire while out on my road bike. Quite a bit of sealant leaked out, but eventually the hole fixed itself with plenty of air pressure left in the tire to ride home. I'...
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How seriously should I take Fulcrum Racing 6DB tubeless tire compatibility warning?

I recently purchased a bike with Fulcrum Racing 6DB wheels and Kenda Flintridge tires. They came tubed, and I'd like to convert them to tubeless. However, in a manual on their site, Fulcrum list that ...
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Is there any problem with running tubeless on non-tubeless rims?

I have Fulcrum 5 DB wheels, which are not tubeless ready. My previous wheelset were tubeless compatible and I've been impressed with running tubeless. So my question is: Assuming I can mount my ...
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Homemade Tubeless Tires

As I was browsing Youtube for cycling related videos, this one on making your own tubeless setup caught my eye. The procedure is essentially as follows: Clean a standard rim (not for tubeless tires, ...
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Tubeless tire deflating through sidewall

On my mountain bike I have Continental X-King tires (tubeless ready) on tubeless ready rims. I rode them a couple of times with tubes and now I went for tubeless setup with Stan's NoTubes Sealant. ...
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What tools do I need to carry when riding tubeless?

I'm thinking of getting a pair of tubeless ready wheels for riding on the road. I've never ridden tubeless and was wondering what tools and equipment I need to carry to fix a flat? Normally, while ...
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Tubeless with liquid or inner tubes with liquid?

I am about to replace the worn tires of my Cube Acid 29". My question is what to choose among: tubeless tires with sealant liquid, or normal tires, with inner tubes with sealant liquid? My most ...
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Get a tubeless to seat

It takes a volume of air to seat a tubeless. Even if you lube the tire it takes a volume of air to get it to pop onto the seat. Cannot deliver that volume with my floor pump. At the shop they ...
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New tubeless setup: losing air through spoke holes

It's my first time setting up tubeless. The tyre seems to have seated fine, but I'm losing air through three of the spoke holes when I go much above 20 psi. Details: new rim, new tyre (new bike in ...
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Go tubeless with used tires

I have some tubeless ready wheels and tires, but they were delivered mounted with tubes the old fashion way. I’ve been riding like that for more than 800km, and I wonder if there is a problem removing ...
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How much pressure to inflate a tubeless tire so it seats into the rim

I want to set up my tires tubeless. I got a Schwalbe Tire Booster and have a proper air pump as well. The booster is capable of holding up to 11 bar of pressure. I am not sure how much pressure I have ...
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How to fix tubeless tire leak at rim seam

I bought a Cannondale Fat Caad 2 that came with tubeless ready rims and tires— the rim is even pre-taped. I’m converting to tubeless currently — removed tube, installed valve stem, put 120ml of ...
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Are Tubeless Continental GP5000s harder to mount than non-tubeless (normal clincher tyres)?

I'm asking specifically about Continental GP5000 tubeless vs. non-tubeless comparison. Context: I would like to convert to tubeless on my road bike, and my current clincher GP5000 feel great, but fit ...
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Are tubeless mountain bike tire systems appropriate for winter riding?

Are tubeless mountain bike tire systems appropriate for winter riding in below freezing temperatures? Is there a low temperature limit that I should avoid riding in? Does the cold affect performance ...
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Do tubeless tires offer significant benefits for a cyclocross bike?

I've been using tubeless tires with great success on my mountain bike for a year or so, and the time is here to replace the wheels on my cross bike. I was thinking of getting another pair of stan's ...
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Tubeless vs Tubeless ready

I've decided to upgrade to road tubeless. Hutchinson sells both "Tubeless" and "Tubeless Ready" tires. According to Hutchinson' website, Tubeless Ready means that (in addition to having a special bead)...
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When not in use, How should I store my tubeless tires?

I have a bike setup with tubeless mountain bike tires. I tend to ride about 20-25 PSI. How should I store my tubeless tires? Does it matter what pressure I store the tires at between rides? Should ...
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Does sealant in tubeless tyres slosh around?

I'm getting interested in tubeless tyres for my gravel bike I'm curious about the liquid sealant that you put in the tyre. As I understand, it should stay liquid so that if there is a puncture, the ...
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Will tubeless tires out-perform my Armadillos on my commute?

I have a Trek commuter bike (8.4 DS). I bike 5.5 miles to work, and up to 15+ miles home. I’m considering the switch to tubeless. Most of my commute (all but 1.5 miles) is on a well-maintained ...
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Can you use non-UST tubeless ready tyres on a UST tubeless rim?

Is it possible to use mountain bike rims which use the original UST (Universal System Tubeless) standard for using tubeless tyres with tyres that are tubeless ready, but do not conform to the said UST ...
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Mavic Road UST Repair

I have a small cut in the rear tire on a road Mavic tubeless tire. Is there a way to patch this, or do I basically just have to buy a new tire? update So I took the tire off the rim and saw that ...
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Should I remove foreign objects from my tyres if I'm running tubeless?

I have been running a tubeless setup on my bicycle and have picked up a number of foreign objects (e.g. thorns and glass shards) in the tyres. The sealant is doing its job and I am not losing ...
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Repair cut in sidewall of tubeless tyre

On my latest ride I managed to put a cut in the sidewall of my front tyre (Specialized S-Works Purgatory 26x2.2"). The sealant (Stan's No Tubes) didn't manage to seal the cut, presumably because the ...
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Can I repair this valve stem hole?

Today I got a stick wedged between my frame and tubeless valve stem. In addition to snapping the stem I widened the hole a bit. Any suggestions on how to fix it? Current plan is to go over the whole ...
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Is the max pressure on tubeless rims specifically for tubeless, or do they apply to tubed tires too?

I have a set of ZTR Rapid rims that are tubeless compatible, but I never run tubeless tires on them. They have this list of maximum pressures on the side of the rim: Since the limits are dependent on ...
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Sealant in inner tubes: what's the difference?

I was thinking of converting my wheels to tubeless but my rims and tyres are not tubeless ready. I just recently learned that I can add tyre sealants into inner tubes. Can it prevent pinch flats like ...
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What does 'tubeless ready' wheelset actually mean

I know this may sound daft or simple, but can someone tell me what is meant by 'The wheelset is tubeless ready' on an bike advert. I have asked in a shop and had 2 answers ranging from 40 pounds to ...
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Is it more difficult to mount non-tubeless tires on tubeless-ready rims than non-tubeless-ready rims?

In the summer I bought an e-road-bike that has tubeless-ready rims. I wanted to change the tires to better ones, so I bought a pair of Continental GP 5000 (non-tubeless) 28mm tires, and installed them ...
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I keep destroying new tubeless tires!

My "Googling" haven't exactly yielded many results with people having such obnoxious issues with destroying tires as I do. In short, I destroy such a high number of tires that its becoming one of the ...
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Will Stans No-Tubes (or other tubless tire sealant) work in a standard tube to prevent leaks?

I typically buy tubes with removable valve cores (Qtubes brand typically) and I have some stans leftover from a tubeless tire setup for my mountain bike. Would adding Stans to the tubes on my ...
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Can I use rimless tape with an inner tube on a regular (tube style) rim?

The plastic and cloth rim tapes at my LBS come in a couple of sizes: too narrow and too wide. Too narrow barely covers the spoke holes (meaning, it doesn't). Too wide gets into the bead area, making ...
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Finding the cause of a tubless loss of sealant

Today I had a complete loss of pressure while parked. This is what I came back to I haven't been able to find a hole in the tyre with a visual inspection or by feeling around the inside of the ...
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Tubeless tire looses air through weld of rim

I have the DT Swiss X1700 Spline 29″ with the Schwalbe RockRazor 2.35" PaceStar on my pre built Bike which are tubeless. After about 100 km the tire now looses air through the weld very fast. I ...
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Do tubeless tyres explode more easily than standard one?

Yesterday I was at a bar with a friend with our bikes parked near us and his bike's front tyre (a tubeless one) exploded. When we went to the bike shop, they told us that tubeless tyres explode more ...