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    Tubeless conversation

    Can I convert non tubeless ready rims into tubeless?

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    Yes but don't torture yourself, have a bike shop do it for $30-60. Just don't count on them to do it right 100% of the time, sometimes they screw it up too.
    We ALL have something to learn here, as FC said. Post helpful solutions instead of flaming for your own sadistic need.

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    Based on my experience years ago, I wouldn't bother. If I owned a shop, I wouldn't do it for you either. Too much chance you'll be back in a few days asking me to fix it again.

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    Maybe.

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    Depends on the rim. I have a set of Sun Ringles that I could never get to work tubeless. I converted a set of WTB SX23s and haven't had any issues for 3+ years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean4414 View Post
    Can I convert non tubeless ready rims into tubeless?
    Yes, no and maybe.

    Search Ghetto tubeless. You can read all about it until your eyes bleed.

    Folks have been doing it for many years with various levels of success.

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    Depending on a number of factors, I wouldn't do it. If you're heavy running narrow rims, you'd need pressure high enough so you'd never damage the tube by biting with the rim.

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    No from me as well. All of the good tubeless rims I know of have a ridge by the bead seat that the tire bead pops over to help resist burping. Non-tubeless rims don't have that ridge. I personally wouldn't even try converting a non-tubeless rim to a tubeless setup.
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