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    Duster tubeless questions

    Ok, so the rimstrips finally came back in stock on the Trek/Bont website. Placed my order. I haven't done tubeless before.

    I ordered the Trek valve stem. Does this have a removable core? I was going to use Stan's for the sealant. Should I order that Stan's injector too, or won't it work with the Trek valve?

    I'm assuming I should remove the blue rim tape that came stock and just insert the tubeless strip? Stupid question, but I didn't know if I should leave the rim tape on or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by picassomoon
    Ok, so the rimstrips finally came back in stock on the Trek/Bont website. Placed my order. I haven't done tubeless before.

    I ordered the Trek valve stem. Does this have a removable core? I was going to use Stan's for the sealant. Should I order that Stan's injector too, or won't it work with the Trek valve?

    I'm assuming I should remove the blue rim tape that came stock and just insert the tubeless strip? Stupid question, but I didn't know if I should leave the rim tape on or not.



    All the Bonty valves that I have seen have removable cores . FWIW , I don't put the Stans sealant in through the valve , I put it in while mounting the tire . I just dump one scoop of Stan's in just before mounting the second bead . I remove the rim tape before installing the rim strip . Hope this helps out , good luck .

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    What he said, plus a tip- when installing the tubeless strip, put a screwdriver through the valve holes to keep them lined up.
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    To add to what everyone else said above, injecting Stans through the valve hole is a good way to top off your stans every 2 months or so and keep it fresh.

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    Older style Bonty valves do not have the removable core (I've got a pair, want em : )

    If you ordered you should get newer stock. Use the valve to keep the strip in the right place when mounting. Dump in some sealant and add through the core every so often. Go to the pharmacy/pet store and buy a syringe for giving liquid meds and forget the Stan's injector.

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    Thanks guys.

    Another question, do I HAVE to add sealant before inflating, or can I inflate the tire dry to set the bead, then inject sealant and spin for flat protection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by picassomoon
    Thanks guys.

    Another question, do I HAVE to add sealant before inflating, or can I inflate the tire dry to set the bead, then inject sealant and spin for flat protection?


    You can add the sealant after wards , it works fine that way .

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    to the OP, I left my blue tape on the rim and mounted the tubeless strips right over it. Didn't think to look or ask. I didn't have a problem....

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    same here, left the OEM Rim Strip in place.
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    Hi,

    I've got a follow-up question on the topic here. I also want to convert my 26'' dusters (came on Gary Fisher Roscoe I, 2009) to tubeless.

    Bontrager's site lists the following strips

    211823 Black 26 Tubeless Rim Strip-Symmetric
    220225 Black 26 Tubeless Rim Strip-Asymmetric
    400336 Black 26 Rhythm Tubeless Rim Strip-Symmetric

    Which one is the correct one? (i'm thinking rhythm but...)

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    Rhythm strips.
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    Do you guys get any burping on your Dusters. I get real small burps all the time but never loose more than a half a pound of air per ride. Im running a Hutch Python tubeless ready on the rear and a Kenda Nevegal on the front.

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    Never on my 29" Dusters.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by picassomoon View Post
    Ok, so the rimstrips finally came back in stock on the Trek/Bont website. Placed my order. I haven't done tubeless before.

    I ordered the Trek valve stem. Does this have a removable core? I was going to use Stan's for the sealant. Should I order that Stan's injector too, or won't it work with the Trek valve?

    I'm assuming I should remove the blue rim tape that came stock and just insert the tubeless strip? Stupid question, but I didn't know if I should leave the rim tape on or not.
    You can watch Keith Bontrager demonstrate, install, and thoroughly explain the easy step-by-step process (along with useful tips) of installing the components of the Bontrager tubeless system.

    Part 1 > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT1JToqWmsY

    Part 2 > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J06pe7LwaQ


    Note: Part 2 shows how to best install, and if needed remove, the TLR rim strip. Be certain to remove the stock rim tape before installing the TLR rim strip.

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    If you want thorn protection, I would recommend using Stans sealant in lieu of the Bontrager brand sealant. The Bonty stuff will seal the casing fine for inflation, but doesn't do a whole lot for thorns. I actually use half Stans / half Slime, but everyone has their own preferences and there are a lot of homemade concoction options as well. Best Tubeless Brew?

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