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    stans and cold weather

    been dry this winter so no snow to hide the thorns. last couple of rides it was below freezing and i got a flat that took forever for stans to seal up. the first never did seal until i got the bike home in the warm garage. I seem to remember hearing that stans doesn't perform as well as orange seal in the cold. It wasn't brutal cold, just barely below freezing, but i have never had trouble with stans in the summer.

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    OrangeSeal Subzero!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by twentyniner29 View Post
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    I second and third this!

    The stuff just does not freeze.
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    yeah, i saw they had that. i assume you can just run it all year round? it wasn't really below zero when i had my issues, it was around 28-30f

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    Quote Originally Posted by rda View Post
    yeah, i saw they had that. i assume you can just run it all year round? it wasn't really below zero when i had my issues, it was around 28-30f
    Yes it's been in my Fatboy for over a year. No issues.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rda View Post
    yeah, i saw they had that. i assume you can just run it all year round? it wasn't really below zero when i had my issues, it was around 28-30f
    You can run the subzero all year long with no problems.
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    From Stan's FAQs.

    "Will Stans sealant freeze, at what temperature?
    Special anti-freeze agents allow the sealant to be used in environments as cold as -20F."

    I've ridden tubeless with Stan's for 3 winters in below 0F temps and never had an issue. I've never felt the need to try anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twentyniner29 View Post
    Yes it's been in my Fatboy for over a year. No issues.
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    I'm gonna bet if it's been in there for a year....it has long since dried up

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    I second "the mayor", a year is too long and it will likely be dry. It's a good idea to shake your tire every so often and make sure you can still hear it sloshing around - if not, it's time to top it off a bit.

    Note: listen for sloshing - if it's really dry you might hears a "bouncing" sound where you might have a ball of rubber left over from the drying out of the sealant.


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    Nothing bouncing around inside like with Stans. I added 1oz to each tire last month.


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    cool. i may go ahead and try the sub zero. flats suck.

    as for checking your sealant level, i have found you can remove the valve core and use a piece of wire as a dipstick.

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    I've seen the orange seal freeze. I've never seen Stans freeze. They don't work as well when it's extremely cold. I tested this with wheels set up with clear tape over the cutouts where I could easily see if the sealant was still liquid. For me, it's not really cold until it's below minus 20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphazz View Post
    I've seen the orange seal freeze. I've never seen Stans freeze. They don't work as well when it's extremely cold. I tested this with wheels set up with clear tape over the cutouts where I could easily see if the sealant was still liquid. For me, it's not really cold until it's below minus 20.
    I had a different result. Last winter I left out a small bottle of Stans and a small bottle of OS Subzero outside when the temps for the night were in the -20's. The next morning, the Subzero was still in liquid form but the Stans was frozen. This was in the cold of a MN winter, so it might be different in other parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flucod View Post
    At what temp does the normal Orange Sealz freeze? Had my first real cold ride of the year today (16 degrees) and for the first time I experienced self steer. Got me thinking that maybe the Orange had frozen our the 60tpi tires lost their suppleness, thoughts?
    Normal OS will freeze when the temps get in the 20's and teens. At least that is what my experience has been.
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    Quote Originally Posted by majack View Post
    Normal OS will freeze when the temps get in the 20's and teens. At least that is what my experience has been.
    That might be why they had to come up with "Orange Subzero."

    Haven't had that issue with Stan's. It was down to - 20F here last week. No probs.
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