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    Too Much Tubeless Time

    I bought a "new" bike w/ tubeless tires but it has sat in a garage for almost 10 years. What do I need to know about these tires? Should they still hold air? I have never had tubeless before. Thanks.
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    Only one way to find out, air it up and see what happens

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    Yup, if they've been out of the sunlight I'd try them. First time can be tricky, so read up on setting up tubeless and choosing sealant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimPacNW View Post
    Yup, if they've been out of the sunlight I'd try them. First time can be tricky, so read up on setting up tubeless and choosing sealant.
    Can you recomend a good source?
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    just browse the forums and youtube.

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    Is it a new bike from a box? Or was it assembled and set up with tubes or tubeless before? If it's assembled and in a garage for 10 years, but without air in the tires, the tires could be dry rotted and have a flat spot in them.

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    10years?! Those tires are likely trash. I'd be scared to inflate them beyond 20psi. Just buy new tires and the sealant of your choice.

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    Hey! I resemble that!

    By that I mean I've got 10 year old tires on a couple of bikes that are just fine. Inspect them, if they don't look cracked, don't feel brittle or gummy, give them a try. Worst case they don't work and you buy new tires. Best case you don't have to buy new tires.

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    What type of tubeless. If they are UST rims and tyres they do not need sealant, although it can't hurt. UST was the most common system 10 years ago.

    Any bike shop should have Stan's NoTubes or Orange Seal sealant.
    The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on trying to put things in it.

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    Photos of tires & rim.
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    I can't see too much from your photos but from the front wheel it looks like you have Mavic XM317 rims. From the Mavic website:

    " XM 317
    The go anywhere mid range rim
    Made with the finest 6106 aluminum alloy,
    eyeleted for more durability, solidly pin
    joined , XM 317 will bring you
    anywhere."

    No special technology mentioned and I'm pretty sure they are not tubeless. If they were they would have a "UST" (Universal System for Tubeless) label on them. Also they would not have eyelets. You would be much better off with tubes in them. The tyres might be made for tubeless but not the rims. Have you looked are there tubes in them now? If it says "tubeless" on the tyres, you can happily run tubeless tyres on non-tubeless rims with tubes.
    The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on trying to put things in it.

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    They don't look great, but no harm in airing them up. Take them up to 40psi and check for cracks. If they hold OK, take them down to 30 and ride. I'd be more concerned with that crack looking thing on the frame's seat tube in the second picture. Hope that's a spider web.

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    If they are tubeless (w/ tubeless rims) can I put tubes in them if they won't hold air as they are? Or should I stay tubless & get new tires?
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    317s aren't UST or "tubeless". I had a pair on my Anthem X back in the day; they had to be converted via a Stan's rubber rim strip.
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    On my training bike I'm using a set of Bontrager tires off a 15 year old Klein, when the rear wears out (soon) I have a 25 year old (not kidding) Kenda Ritchey-copy I'm going to put on there, it's been stored in near ideal conditions and looks great. Rubber etc can last a long time if stored properly, leave it in the sun/heat and it won't last a year.
    Great looking bike btw

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