Should you consider Road Tubeless for you next wheelset? The short answer: Yes
The Tubular vs. Clincher debate has been raging for years, but in my garage road tubeless won by a landslide. I am sold, road tubeless is smoother, faster, safer and more reliable.
and hold air. For this to work a tubeless specific tire and rim are required but there are a number of ways to go tubeless depending on your current set up.
|Road Tubeless looks like a clincher but for the valve|
Almost all non-tubeless clincher wheels can be converted with Stan's help. The Stan's tubeless kits work best on wider rims like the Hed C2 or Rolf Alpha but you can modify the 21mm tape by cutting it down to 19mm.
|Hed C2 Rim Tubeless with Stan's Kit and Hutchinson Fusion 3 - this is a killer combo.|
Can I convert standard clincher tires to be tubeless?
|Campagnolo Shamal 2Way Fit Tubeless Rim - note the square groove at the bead hook|
What's the difference between a tubeless specific and regular clincher wheel?Not much other than tubeless specific wheels come with valves already installed and either tubeless rim tape or they are air tight because they have a solid rim bed. The rim bead hook of a tubeless rim has a tubeless specific shape which is more square than round.
Installing Road Tubeless on a regular clincher rim video.
What do you have to carry for flats on the road?
Hutchinson has a product called Fast Air Repair which works like a "fix a flat" and is a huge convenience as it's good for most flats. In a group ride or centuary you might find yourself back on the road in 30 seconds. if it's a large cut you are in the same situation as a regular clincher, You will need a tube a tire patch and a pump or C02. Remove the valve without the need of any tools and install the tube like you normally do.
What to do with the existing wheels once I get hooked on Road Tubeless?
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