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    I give in..another tubeless question..

    Ok, I give in an ready to try tubeless. However, I'm using 2014 RF Turbine wheels that have the RF tape taped inside.

    Is this okay with RF tape rim taped inside, or should I pull it off and just run new Gorilla Tape inside?

    Also, do I need to use the rimstrip/presta valve combo..or can I just skip that and just get one of those Stan's RCV tubeless presta valves?

    Can I set the tubeless tire (I'm getting the Maxxis HR2 DC EXO TR) with a CO2 cartridge?

    ALSO: I don't have a compressor, but thinking if I run into problems I was gonna get one of the presta/shrader valve adaptors then run over to the gas station and pump up the tires over there to set? (Is this crazy to do..?) - Obviosly if I can set it with my floor pump this is moot.

    ehh..think that are all my questions for now..
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    Problem with trying to fill at gas stations is you often can't get enough air in there fast enough, and if you could, you wouldn't need an air compressor in the first place. The restriction of the presta valve (and then the adapter on top of it) is a big issue and limits how much air you can get in there. I've noticed that less and less gas stations can actually deliver any air, they all cut off at preset PSIs, but what you really need is a high volume floor pump that can pump with the presta core removed.
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    That RF tape should be fine. No idea if you'll get lucky but 90% of the time, I can set up Maxxis tires tubeless with floor pump. That being said, get yourself a cheap compressor if you can. Here is one from Harbor Freight https://www.harborfreight.com/air-to...sor-60637.html
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    I'd remove that old RF tape and redo it with Gorilla tape, or whatever other rim tape you wish to use. Then get those Stans presta valves.

    Save yourself the frustration of installing tubeless (for the first time) by starting from a clean slate. Remove old tape, clean rim surfaces, lay fresh rim tape, pierce tubeless presta valve through a pinhole in the tape.

    If u can't get the tires up with a floor pump, you can try the gas station. I had to resort to that with my first tubeless installation. If the station pump has a "flat tire" setting, use that. Remove the core of the presta valve to increase air flow capacity, screw on the schrader valve adaptor, and it will work.

    Good luck, you won't regret it.

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    Copy, good stuff..thanks.

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    Look up "diy tubeless inflator 2 liter bottle." It looks whack but I don't own a compressor and just use my 2L bottle when a floor pump won't do the job.
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    I had a pain of a time getting my maxxis tires mounted. I used gorilla tape, 1". Ended up having to pump up with a tube, deflate and take out the tube, leaving one bead set. I then soaped the other bead and pumped up with a floor pump. it sealed right up. I think the soap was the key for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jreed3 View Post
    I had a pain of a time getting my maxxis tires mounted. I used gorilla tape, 1". Ended up having to pump up with a tube, deflate and take out the tube, leaving one bead set. I then soaped the other bead and pumped up with a floor pump. it sealed right up. I think the soap was the key for me.
    This - all of my tubless setting ish was resolved with a little more soap. I'm sure some will disagree, but I have found that I can't every have enough soap.

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    Wondering aloud whether the rims on my Diamondback El Oso Grande are likely to be usable in a tubeless setup ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyHun View Post
    Wondering aloud whether the rims on my Diamondback El Oso Grande are likely to be usable in a tubeless setup ...
    If they are tubeless ready it should work..

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    They are not marked as Tubeless Ready. I'm not certain who the manufacturer is for the rims.

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    I personally have never had luck with the floor pump and getting beads to seat. About 6 year ago I bought a small pancake air compressor for 50ish bucks and its been the ticket. Prep the rim, get the tire on and hit it with 75 - 100 PSI and its painless.

    If you have a Harbor Freight near you this is a good one and you can use a 20% off coupon on it. Check it out here

    If you don't have a Harbor Freight I know Sears makes the same thing in the Craftsman Evol line of tools. Might not be the cheapest option but I've gotten my monies worth out of it .... along with all my friends.

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    I have this compressor link from Menards that I use for brad nailing. Worked great for my tubeless project. $52.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyHun View Post
    They are not marked as Tubeless Ready. I'm not certain who the manufacturer is for the rims.
    Take a look at the profile of the rim. Does it have flat, shelf areas just inside the bead hook area? Also are the bead hooks very tall or lower down and close to the shelf areas that I mentioned? If it has these two things, it is quite likely tubeless ready.

    If the rim just concaves down towards its center, then no, it's not tubeless ready.

    The reason behind this is that the shelfs and shorter bead heights keep the tire from wanting to deflect inwards towards the center of the rim, preventing burps. They essentially keep the tire from squirming on the rim.

    Post a picture if you can.

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    I'll snap a photo tonight. Thanks!

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