With the new range of Maxxis road and MTB tyres soon to land at Stirling Cycles, we’ve chosen to look at the steps behind converting your bike to accept tubeless tyres and the reasons why you’d bother doing so!
A tubeless set up offers many benefits to both road and MTB cyclists; lower rolling resistance, more grip, improved comfort and better puncture protection.
By foregoing the inner tube, the friction created between the tube and tyre is removed, reducing rolling resistance and increasing speed. By removing the inner tube, tubeless set ups also completely rule out the chances of pinch flat. Tubeless tyres can also be run at lower pressures without negatively impacting performance. Using lower pressures leads to more comfort and more grip.
The easiest and most reliable way to go tubeless is with a dedicated tubeless wheelset, tubeless tyres, liquid sealant (we’ve tried loads and think Stans works best), tubeless valves and tubeless rim tape and while there are conversion kits available, the results are varied and problems can arise from air leaks between the tyre and rim bead seat.
In short using a tubeless specific wheelset from the likes of DT Swiss with Stans sealant and tubeless ready tyres ensures a guaranteed fit – hassle free.
So should you make the switch? Well if you already own a set of tubeless compatible wheels (they come as standard on a lot of mountain bikes these days) or are thinking of upgrading your battered old winter road wheels, then it’s a relatively inexpensive and simple upgrade to make which can really enhance the feel and performance of your bike, not to mention eliminating pinch flats for ever!
For a detailed run down on the steps required check out the video below from Maxxis Tyres: