Arriving yesterday, I mounted a set of Nokian Gazza Extreme 294 29x2.1 studded tires to my Bontrager Rhythm Comp wheels; with Bontrager's tubeless rim lining, and Stans sealant, 3oz in each tire. For those of you who don't know, Bontrager's Rhythm Comp wheels have offset spoke holes, the tubeless liner is a flexible but rigid liner that transforms the wheel into faux UST wheel. No issues with the sealant coming through a spoke hole.
Initial mounting went well. The tires are a heavier than typical tires so they're cumbersome to mount. After the front wheel the rear wheel was easier though.
Inflated to 60 PSI they didn't take long before they were whistling to me, various pin holes and pimples that grew around through the sidewalls, together there was only one pinhole along the rolling surface, next to a tread-lug. Rotating put the tire sealant to work which stopped the whistling instantly. Day two and I'm still getting pimples, although far fewer than yesterday.
At 60 PSI they're exactly 2" wide.
Good news, they're holding their bead quite well, overnight pimple popping deflated the tires, but they inflated quickly enough to identify and seal those holes as well.
I'm in upstate New York, with a foot of mashed potato-like snow on the ground with another foot to fall on us in the next couple of days. I'm going to take them out tonight so I'll a "first ride" report later today or tomorrow morning.
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