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    Upset Has anyone converted UST Tubeless rims to normal tube rims with tape?

    Hello all,
    I have a pair of bontrager race lites UST wheels that came with my sugar1. I want to convert them to normal tube rims. Could I do that by removing the black ust tape and replacing it with a velox tape? Has anyone done this?

    So far my experience with tubeless has been a royal mess. If you use stans notubes, God forgive if you want to change a tire. The latex crap is all over and it has to be cleaned.
    On the trail the tires are a pain in the ass to repair. I never had any problems with tubes, so before I put this babies on e-bay, can I convert them to non ust?

    By the way the price of that wheelset was $800.

    I hate tubeless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sit and spin my ass...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zion Rasta
    Hello all,
    I have a pair of bontrager race lites UST wheels that came with my sugar1. I want to convert them to normal tube rims. Could I do that by removing the black ust tape and replacing it with a velox tape? Has anyone done this?
    You don't even need to remove that tape unless it's connected to your valve stem. Just remove the valve and put a tire and tube on like normal.
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    or better yet

    . . . get yourself some UST tires and forget about stans. the weight penalty for UST is about the weight of a tube. i have found with tubeless i: flat less often, can run slightly less air pressure for a more supple ride, and get better traction for climbing, cornering, and braking.

    stan's is a mess and a pain. trying to convert conventional tires to tubeless with stan's CAN work great, but can be a mounting and sidewall gashing nightmare.

    i run UST pythons on my single speed on very rocky and technical terrain and have had great results. i put them on dry and forget about them until they're worn out. i also run 2.35 Larson TTs (non UST) set up with stan's on my full suspension. they ride great, butare a major pain in the butt to seat and i have had to patch the sidewalls more than once.

    don't give up on tubeless just yet, but consider changing the way you are going about it.

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    Amen brother.

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtbag
    . . . get yourself some UST tires and forget about stans. the weight penalty for UST is about the weight of a tube. i have found with tubeless i: flat less often, can run slightly less air pressure for a more supple ride, and get better traction for climbing, cornering, and braking.

    stan's is a mess and a pain. trying to convert conventional tires to tubeless with stan's CAN work great, but can be a mounting and sidewall gashing nightmare.

    i run UST pythons on my single speed on very rocky and technical terrain and have had great results. i put them on dry and forget about them until they're worn out. i also run 2.35 Larson TTs (non UST) set up with stan's on my full suspension. they ride great, butare a major pain in the butt to seat and i have had to patch the sidewalls more than once.

    don't give up on tubeless just yet, but consider changing the way you are going about it.
    I was going to write your first two paragraphs almost word for word. I bought a Giant VT-1 that came with Mavic Crossmax XL USTs and they rock. I never had an issue with the Hutchison Scorpion USTs that came with the bike or the Conti Vert Pro USTs that I use now. I was kind of apprehensive at first, because my only prior experience with tubeless was with a guy in our weekly group ride. He flatted continuously and eventually ran tubes all the time. I also got a ton of horror stories, ensuring that I would have nothing but problems with flats if I did not run Stan's Notubes in my USTs. I do not know what I am doing different, but I have nothing but praise for tubeless. Personally, I would never mess with non-UST tires and using Stans. When I mounted my Contis, I used soapy water and mounted them by hand. I had no problems airing them up with my floor pump. No tricks or super fast pumping, they inflated just like a tire with a tube. When the bike sits in my garage for a week or so between weekends, the USTs lose less air than any tire with tubes that I have ever used. Why would I want to mess with a tube? I wonder if the quality of UST tires has improved enough to make Stans and regular tires old news?

    Brian

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