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    What do I need for flat protection??

    I am riding in Moab and Fruita in April. I am using 2.35 UST tires. My question is do I need to put a tire sealant (ie. Stan's) to ward off punctures? I normally run my 2.1 UST tires without sealant back east, but we don't have thorns or other hazards in the trails.

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    sealant is good, but not my first choice. i throws your wheel way out of balance. Try thorn resistant tubes and tire liners.

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    Goatheads

    Quote Originally Posted by Cevan
    I am riding in Moab and Fruita in April. I am using 2.35 UST tires. My question is do I need to put a tire sealant (ie. Stan's) to ward off punctures? I normally run my 2.1 UST tires without sealant back east, but we don't have thorns or other hazards in the trails.
    I don't think I've ever had a puncture that wasn't caused by a pinch in Moab, Fruita, or Gooseberry. They don't have the amount of goatheads that we have up here in the Northwest desert. You should be OK with just UST and a bit of Stans is good for insurance.

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    I run stans tubless kit and 2.35 nevgals. Great combo and no flats or puncture. KNOCK ON WOOD.

    Don't see how stan's would throw off wheel balance. Unless you put in a quart. Kit only calls for a couple oz. Totally unnoticable.

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    I got home from a Moab/St. George trip a few years ago with a shot rear tire.

    I had converted to Stans (with a little tubeless Slime thrown in) and the tire had 11 cactus thorns in it when I took it off. Still sealed up tight.

    A half cup of sealant couldn't hurt!
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    There are defenately some goathead patches in moab,and cactus too.Stans.
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    Protection?

    Never had much of a sharps prob in Moab and UST should take care of most pinch flats but in thorny places I've had good luck with Specialised Airlock tubes.

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    stans is cool.

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    Stans

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    Back in 1997 at the Deer Valley Norba event there was some company giving away styrofoam (spelling?) tire inserts to protect against flats and thorns. They were huge!! I guess that never caught on. I tried to stuff one into my wheel and by the time I was done my wheel was so out of shape it looked like it had been melted in a fire. Those were the days when people would come up with all kinds of crazy crap.

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    I use Specialized desert protection tubes w/ airlock. They work really well, thick to prevent pinches, airlock for thorns. They are a bit on the heavy side, but well worth it. The only thing is make sure you inspect the tube (pump up the tube by itself) for thin spot where the tube will bloat when inflated. Also inspect the base of the presta valve, as sometimes they tear at the connection.

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