Cyclocross - Anyone running Stan's for CX tires?
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Just curious. It works well enough for MTBing, but I haven't really heard of it too much on CX bikes. I care more about pinch flat prevention than the "supple" ride of tubulers.
08-26-09, 12:49 PM
I thought about that, too, but the Stan's website put me off the idea. The instructions page made my head spin (drill and de-burr the inner side of the valve hole...), and there's no list of recommended cyclocross tires like there is for mtn. An article I found about how "easy" Stan's system is had like 35 tips on how to properly care for them.
It seems like a great idea, but I don't want to spend fifty bucks on the kit and then screw up my wheels, or have it not work with my tires. I'll just keep watching ebay/craigslist for a cheap pair of tubular wheels and save up for some nice tires.
08-26-09, 01:05 PM
Stan's specs max pressure at 40 or 45 psi. More than that would stretch the tire too much which lead to very bad things happening. Their road tubeless uses some kind of special reinforced tire to reduce the stretching. I'm not an expert or anything, but I was just reading the Stan's stuff and putting together a mountain bike tubeless system in the past week.
08-26-09, 01:08 PM
I am on the fence bout tring it also. I have had great luck with the conversion on my MTB tires. Last week I saw some tubeless Hutchinson Cross tires at performance, and am really considering giving them a go. I had heard bad stories maybe a year ago from people who trid to convert regular cross tires and had the beads fail, but with tubeles specific tires that shouldn't be a problem.
08-26-09, 02:12 PM
I care more about pinch flat prevention than the "supple" ride of tubulers.It's the same thing, because it's all about running lower tire pressures.
If you don't want to go all-in you can rig up a ghetto tubeless setup using your current clincher wheels and tires. All you would need to purchase are two 26" tubes and some sealant. But do so at your own risk, and definitely test it out before racing it.
08-27-09, 07:31 AM
i tried converting. couldn't get it to seal.
08-28-09, 05:28 PM
I converted a pair of neuvations with hutchinson tubeless specific tires and I really like it. your best bet for not burping is to do the conversion with a floor pump and no compressor. This forces you to really work on getting the seal right. The downside for me is that my bead is so tight that there is a bit of a wobble in the tire that I cannot get out, it is akin to have a tubbie that is not glued straight. I dont notice it off road but it is annoying on. I havent flatted or burped this set up yet, but it was time consuming to make it work, but I am glad I did it.
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