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The basics of tubeless
Apologies if we go back to basics here. Some of you will know a lot of this initial explanation of what tubeless is, so bear with us while we illuminate things for those who still need the fundamentals explaining better.
Are your wheels tubeless?
Not all wheels are tubeless. In fact, the majority of them won’t be.
For a wheel to be able to be run tubeless it needs to have something inside the rim that prevents air escaping through the spoke holes.
On tubeless specific wheels this sometimes means a sealed rim bed where the rim is covered up by rim metal. On other tubeless wheels a tight-fitting band around the rim covers the holes.
If your wheels are not tubeless, don’t worry, you can convert them into tubeless wheels with one of the many tubeless conversion kits available from companies like Stans No Tubes. These typically compromise of some special airtight rim tape and/or a rubber strip that goes over the spoke holes, some tyre sealant and a valve (either on its own or built into the aforementioned rubber strip).
Are your tyres tubeless?
Not all tyres are tubeless. Having said that, the majority of recently released tyres will be tubeless. Look on the sidewall of your tyre(s) for a telltale phrase ie. Tubeless, Tubeless Ready, TLE, TLR, TCS, 2Bliss and do a bit of Googling if you’re unsure what your tyre’s acronyms actually mean.
Tubeless tyres are different to standard non-tubeless tyres in that the carcass is airtight. If you try to run non-tubeless tyres as tubeless then the air will just slowly leak out of the carcass. Tubeless tyres have a fully sealed interior.
What does the sealant do?
It stops air leaking out of things. In the very early days of tubeless some systems (early UST) tried to do without sealant but they nigh on impossible to setup and weren’t very reliable on the trail either.
You need sealant. It’s what stops air leaking under the tyre bead or through the rim tape and spoke holes.
Sealant works a lot like the blood in your body. It stays liquid up until a hole is encountered at which point the blood/sealant rushes to the holes, coagulates, clots up and scabs over the hole. No more leaking.
Getting your tyre on and inflated
Putting a tubeless tyre on to a wheel is the same as putting a standard non-tubeless tyre on to a wheel. But there are a couple of things you can do to make the next step (tyre inflation) a bit easier and more reliable.
Getting a tubeless tyre to inflate is The Main Problem with setting up tubeless. It’s the only thing that makes the process different to a non-tubeless tyre setup.
Inflation problems can be maddening. They can lead to you giving up the whole tubeless idea and just bunging an inner tube in!
We’re here to help. Preparation and having the right equipment is key.
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