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  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010

    Clueless about tubeless!

    I bought a box of parts from a friend for a bikie I'm putting together and it included a set of Bontrager tubeless rims and tires, about 1.5 years old. They have minimal wear but have been off the bike for probably 4 months. I'm not sure what was used in them for sealant. Should I take the tires off, clean, and recharge or just ride and not worry. I have never bought into the tubeless parade. I'm such a luddite that I resisted clipless, disc brakes, and suspension, and these things are all good.
    My trails are very thorny so tubeless is probably a good idea but I've ridden with a couple off guys who have had the tires roll off the rim. I've always put Stan's in my tubes.

  2. #2
    Braille Riding Instructor
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    I'd take the tires off the rims, scrub any dried sealant from both, and then re-mount, add new sealant, and air 'em up.

    If your trails have lots of goatheads or other sharp objects, you will enjoy the peace of mind that a good tubeless setup offers.

    As for tires rolling off rims, I think that's usually the result of railing too hard on underinflated rubber. Experiment and find the PSI that works for you--too much and it'll be too bouncy; too little and you'll increase rolling resistance and risk a burp.

    Happy trails,


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