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tubeless help?
« on: March 16, 2011, 09:49:21 PM »
Anyone local to riverview maybe even as specific as summerfield have some time to help me do a tubeless conversion. Ive seen all the videos but Im one of those people that need to watch someone do it up close before I feel confident to try it. Plus im 230 and even though lots of big guys are doing I still dont see how. I have flows atm with SB8s  but I am looking for new tires just still not sure what to get. Ill buy all the stuff just need some guidance.

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Re: tubeless help?
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2011, 10:07:59 PM »
If you have Stan's Flows, then you don't need to do anything special assuming they already have the yellow tape in them.  Just mount the tire, add the Stan's sealant and go shred.
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Re: tubeless help?
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2011, 10:22:46 PM »
If I could recommend one thing.  Use a lot of soapy water to clean and wet the outside bead of the tire.  The suds will help slip the tire on and when it dries, it will give a good clean seal.  If you can get a tire to seal with just soapy water and some air, it will seal no problem with some Stans.  Do not try to seal a dry or especially dirty tire.  Just a word to the wise.  After you put the Stans in, rub some soapy bubbles on the bead and then do the shake thing they show in Stans video.  Good luck.  Flows are the easiest to seal I have ever used ...by far.  i do use a 50/50 mix of Slime brand and Stans.  The Slime keeps it in a liquid state longer and the Stans does a better job of sealing the tire to the rim.  YMMV.
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Re: tubeless help?
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2011, 07:43:24 AM »
Don't be intimidated by it.  If you have seen the videos a few times then you can get it done.  Couple tips I am going to share from my experience with the Bontrager tubeless setup (your experiences may vary):

-  The rotate and shake before you try to inflate is key (I think that is outlined in the vid).

- If on the initial attempt to inflate you notice the tire somewhat starts to inflate but air is leaking from a specific part of the tire...take one of your hands and grab onto the tire in that area to press the bead towards the rim while you inflate.  Helps get an initial seal.

- On my rims it was essential have to the tire bead lined up in the center channel of the rim.  It wasn't rocket science...just needed to go around the tire and squeeze it so the beads were in the center.  After the rotate & shake I had zero issues inflating with a hand pump.  Not sure if it is the same on the Flow though. 
 
- Final word of advice...be patient.  If you don't get it the first time it is easy to get frustrated.  Just take things slow the first time around. 
« Last Edit: March 17, 2011, 07:53:06 AM by Alan »

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Re: tubeless help?
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2011, 08:16:58 AM »
Air compressor FTW.  Make sure the bead seats completely before doing the shaking method.  Don't use a tire lever to put on the tire.  Use two scoops of liquid initially, a lot of it will be used in the initial sealing.  Your following refills will only be one scoop.  Now go do it.
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Re: tubeless help?
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2011, 09:20:31 AM »
Air compressor FTW.  Make sure the bead seats completely before doing the shaking method.  Don't use a tire lever to put on the tire.  Use two scoops of liquid initially, a lot of it will be used in the initial sealing.  Your following refills will only be one scoop.  Now go do it.
A compressor is your friend. I stopped using soapy water, with the right tire and rim combo it is no more difficult that mounting wth tubes :)

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Re: tubeless help?
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2011, 09:38:41 AM »
yes a compressor makes it much easier.. i think that will be my next tool purchase.. Harbor freight has some for under $100

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Re: tubeless help?
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2011, 01:44:04 PM »
I'm in Summerfield. Let me know when you want to come over and we can get it done.
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Re: tubeless help?
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2011, 04:03:45 PM »
Thanks guys. wheres the best place to get the mix. Im looking to do the gorilla method  just cuz i could use the tape for my house too lol. should I just get presta valves or do i really have to cut up a tube to get the valve. Or should I just use rim tape. looking for a good deal online hopefully unless the lbs has a sale.

Diesel ill be taking you up on that soon as i figure which way is best gorilla or tape.

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Re: tubeless help?
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2011, 04:11:06 PM »
Thanks guys. wheres the best place to get the mix. Im looking to do the gorilla method  just cuz i could use the tape for my house too lol. should I just get presta valves or do i really have to cut up a tube to get the valve. Or should I just use rim tape. looking for a good deal online hopefully unless the lbs has a sale.

Diesel ill be taking you up on that soon as i figure which way is best gorilla or tape.
If you have Stans rims, spend a little $$$ and get his valves  and tape as they are designed and do compliment each other.  Valves will cost ya $10 a piece, the tape is around $14 and includes enough to do a couple sets of wheels. Native Bike is in your hood and had some great pricing on the juice.

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Re: tubeless help?
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2011, 06:36:09 PM »
damn i was just there today  ok i think im stopping by tomorrow anyway thanks!

 

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