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Old 04-02-06, 06:09 AM   #1
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Tubeless/tubed compatibility questions

So what combo's of tubless vs clincher MTB tires/wheels work together? You can get the Stan's tubless kits for "regular" rims, but can you use a standard clincher tire? Or do you have to use a tubeless tire?
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So what combo's of tubless vs clincher MTB tires/wheels work together? You can get the Stan's tubless kits for "regular" rims, but can you use a standard clincher tire? Or do you have to use a tubeless tire?
The Stan's kit allows the use of standard tires on standard rims, without inner tubes. Just make sure to get the correct kit for whatever rims you are going to use (there are several different kits available; call Stan's if you have a question). In my opinion, if you want to run your tires at relatively low pressure without worry of pinch flats, giving better ride quality and better traction, it's the best $57.00 you can spend. I've run the system for three years, I believe, and have yet to have a flat with it! Puncture flats are all but elimated as well, because of how well the sealant works (see photos of Stan driving screws into a tire on the website). And I've run several different makes/models of standard tires..........A couple of things to remember. Follow the instructions carefully when you set it up. Access to an air compressor is almost essential, in my opinion, to get the tires to inflate initially. Once they're aired up the first time, you can use a regular pump to add air occasionally, change pressure, etc. If you like to run your tires at higher pressure than about 40-45 psi, the system is not for you. Because of this, it's pretty much an off-road system only, because you'd want to run higher pressures for road riding. I have two identical wheelsets for my mtb, one set up with the Stan's system, one not, so I can run high pressure, slick tires on the road with the bike also. I usually run high volume tires on my bike with the Stan's, and I've run them as low as 30psi, and I've heard of people running even lower pressure. Usually I run mine at around 35-40 psi..............Stan's sealant, or similar products, are often run in UST tubeless systems as well, for puncture protection. When I first purchased my Stan's system, I looked at the possibility of a UST system, and I saw that, especially since I already had a nice wheelset, the Stan's system would be a LOT cheaper, it was lighter (both tires and rims), and would allow a much better selection of tires. I'm sure they've improved UST a lot since then, and I also notice that Bontrager (and maybe others) now have their own proprietary tubeless system. But speaking from experience, you won't go wrong with the Stan's. Good luck-
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I just finished mounting up a new set of Maxxis Crossmark LUST tires on my new Mavic rims. Easy enough to do, especially if you have ever mounted motorcycle tires by hand, lol! This is the first set of UST tires that I have used and I guess I should add the Stans sealant to try and prevent flats from thorns, etc. Does the Stans make a mess on the inside of rims?

I also have a pair of Michelin UST tires I would like to put on a standard set of rims. I guess this will work if I use tubes?
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Stans is made so you can use regular tires on regular rims. If you go to stans web site (notubes.com) and look around, you'll find a list of recommended and not recommended tire brands.
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Thanks guys. What about running a mix of tubeless/tube rims/tires? I know the beads are different, but can it be done? Not that I am going to do it, just wondering. I know nothing about tubless so just trying to ejibicate myself.
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Thanks guys. What about running a mix of tubeless/tube rims/tires? I know the beads are different, but can it be done? Not that I am going to do it, just wondering. I know nothing about tubeless so just trying to ejibicate myself.
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