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post #3331 of 3583
Zero flats = tubeless

But it's a learning process....
post #3332 of 3583

Currently, my Cervelo S5 is outfitted with Vittoria Diamante Pro Light slicks (Clinchers) 145 lbs... love 'em! A couple of years ago, pigmode recommended the Continental GP4000S and I love those too!

post #3333 of 3583
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post
 

Currently, my Cervelo S5 is outfitted with Vittoria Diamante Pro Light slicks (Clinchers) 145 lbs... love 'em! A couple of years ago, pigmode recommended the Continental GP4000S and I love those too!

I've got some GP4000S sitting on my desk, I can't wait to put them on my bike!!!

In other news I just sold 2 out of 3 pairs of Chris Kings that I had laying around (along with my Moots bars/stem)  and I think I'm kind of sad about it.  Bye bye tubular Zipps.

post #3334 of 3583
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Originally Posted by ferday View Post

Zero flats = tubeless

But it's a learning process....

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I've been riding tubeless for 3 years.  All good.

post #3335 of 3583

Why would someone want to go tubeless? I assume you can only go tubeless if you get appropriate rims as well?

post #3336 of 3583
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I've been riding tubeless for 3 years.  All good.

Have you had any repair issues in this time while riding?

post #3337 of 3583

I've been running tubeless for a few years now and have had little issue, most are self healing unless you put a .45 round thru them:eek:

post #3338 of 3583
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post
 

Have you had any repair issues in this time while riding?

 

i'm on 7 years of tubeless, from ghetto style to actual tubeless systems, to Stan's type semi-tubeless.  the smallest tire i've ran is a 38c, haven't tried a full road tire tubeless yet (mostly cause i don't run full road type tires or rims LOL).  all of my setups (except my fixed gear) now use tubeless (or semi tubeless like stans) rims, and i make my own tubeless sauce and run whatever tire i want

 

in those 7 years i've had 2 burps where i lost full air that required a tube to keep going, one sidewall gash that repaired with a power bar wrapper and a tube, and maybe a dozen smaller burps that only required a quick blast from a pump (tire didn't unseat). so i'm saying that in 7 years i've changed a flat tire 3 times!

 

tubeless can be a fussy setup, it's not hard to do at all and if you go with a proper tubeless setup (rims and tires) then it's very simple.  i like tire choice so i make the goo in large quantities every couple years and run whatever tire i want.  i still carry a tube, it would be silly not to...but over the years i've lost more tubes from them getting holes from rubbing on stuff in my backpack then i have from actually using them in tires

 

 

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Originally Posted by treal512 View Post
 

Why would someone want to go tubeless? I assume you can only go tubeless if you get appropriate rims as well?

 

no more flats!  ability to run lower pressures (sometimes a lot lower).  some say that the tubeless feels better without the friction between tube and tire....if you believe that cables change sound then you'll agree with this one but i run it for no more flats and lower pressures.  


Edited by ferday - 4/25/14 at 1:01pm
post #3339 of 3583
I'm looking at the bike I linked and it looks like it comes with tubes. Do I have to buy rims to go tubeless on that bike or are they tubeless ready?

If not, should I buy the rims when I purchased the bike? Some kind of discount?
post #3340 of 3583
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Originally Posted by UnityIsPower View Post

I'm looking at the bike I linked and it looks like it comes with tubes. Do I have to buy rims to go tubeless on that bike or are they tubeless ready?

If not, should I buy the rims when I purchased the bike? Some kind of discount?

 

they aren't tubeless ready.  you can make them tubeless with a conversion kit (works good, but on the extreme end of the tubeless hassle scale)

 

if tubeless is a priority for you, i'd talk to the shop and see what they might be willing to do.  even cheap wheelsets aren't "cheap", and its hard to sell stock wheelsets (especially if they aren't tubeless ready)

 

for your uses, i wouldn't personally have tubeless as a high priority right now...i'd get some good tires and live with it for a while until you might be ready.  flats are rarely an issue when riding an MTB on pathways or basic trails, road bike tires flat a lot more.....

post #3341 of 3583
I rather buy it all at the point of sale. I've had a number of flats riding other bikes during my morning exercise. Walking a bike back for 12+ miles is not fun. I don't always go between two towns.

That one time I had to carry a walmart bike back home(not cuz of a flat).....

Never again walmart... Never.
post #3342 of 3583
That's just the thing. You have to have a bike that allows you to take off the rims and repair a flat on the road. A patch kit is dirt cheap, leaning how to do it is an art. You should always also carry an extra tube if your flat is bad.


That is the main reason I love mountain bikes on the street.


On road bikes many times you can ride home on a slow leak. After fixing a bunch a flats, it gets pretty easy if your tires come off the rim easy.
post #3343 of 3583
That moment you replace the tube and it gets flat again before you get home.....

If I'm going to pay 2k for a bike, I want flats to be as minimal as possible. I guess no one has made a airless tire... yet.

Yeah patches are workable, same for goo.
post #3344 of 3583
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Originally Posted by UnityIsPower View Post

That moment you replace the tube and it gets flat again before you get home.....

If I'm going to pay 2k for a bike, I want flats to be as minimal as possible. I guess no one has made a airless tire... yet.

Yeah patches are workable, same for goo.


I have been riding bikes since 1972, even then they had a urethane that you could squirt into your tube and it would harden to make a no flat tire. The demo of the tire had 5 nails going into it and it would still roll.

The problem with the urethane was it was a soft ride and heavy too. Nowadays they have wheel liners that go under your tire between the tube.


The main reason I ride mountain bikes is no flats. I ride 4 or 5 days a week and anywhere from 2 to 5 hours a day. I have not had a flat in two years. I did have a tire blow up due to over inflation but never a flat. I love not having to take a tube, patch and pump along, like on my road bikes.


I'll most likely get a flat tomorrow due to this single post.wink.gif
post #3345 of 3583
I've read up on some of the options like the ones you posted. I was very close to ordering a liner before the bike I purchased decided to fall apart. I'll ask the shop guy how much the rims will cost me but now that he mentions it, I'll provably end up buying them. My spending limit isn't hard, remember I'm ready to sell my motorcycle to get a good bike and gear.

I just need to find a nice place to rent a apartment... (;_; )

What bike/tires you on BTW?
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