Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Moab, Utah
Bikes: Cannondale SuperX, Santa Cruz Tallboy, Surly Krampus
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Not doing it yet on my roadie. So no experience here. But between my son, wife and myself I manage 6 MTB's with various degrees of tubeless legitimacy.
Lessons: Stan's sealant need to present. Stan's sealant dry up in under 2 months in the desert southwest. Stan' sealant dry up just as fast in unused wheels. In other words, tubeless will provide the best returns if the bike is in as much use as possible.
And it's difficult to assess the fluid levels.
Any combo of rims and tires can be a workable tubeless setup, either using split tubes, all sorts of tape or other paraphenalia. What determines the degree of success more than anything is tire pressure, or rather willingness to forego the lower pressures.
If you're a DIY'er a compressor is more than a little handy. Not essential, but....