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    Simple tube to tubeless conversion

    Saw something about just using electrical tape and slime to make a tubeless conversion. Has anyone heard of this working well? or at all for that matter.
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    Did you do a search? I'm not being a dick, seriously asking. I think it was born2bahick that did a very simple conversion and posted a "how-to" thread about it.

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    Thanks, question answered, here's for anyone that is interested.

    The "Hicks" DIY tubeless conversion
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    NEW QUESTION:

    If i get a tubeless rimset, will 'tube tires' seal into them with slime?

    Non tubed tires are cheaper, and im trying to save every penny because im hoping to do a paint job but dont want to spend more than 300 in lightening the bike and paint job.

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    you need to be careful with non-UST tires. While just about any of them will seal, many have sidewalls that are much too thin to be run without a tube. You'll hit a bump and the sidewall will blow out. Happened to me. I gave up and shelled out the dough for some tubeless tires.
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    I would definetly take that into consideration but the tire im looking at right now (i just shredded my rear tire into pieces and my front is worn out) has every review sayin "completely indestructible, never any flats or tears" plus theres more options in regular tires.

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    go ghetto tubeless
    http://www.mmba.org/viewtopic.php?t=...emade+tubeless

    ive been running it since winter, works great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf 232 View Post
    I would definetly take that into consideration but the tire im looking at right now (i just shredded my rear tire into pieces and my front is worn out) has every review sayin "completely indestructible, never any flats or tears" plus theres more options in regular tires.

    Maxxis minion DHF

    http://www.fullcycles.com/product_in...oducts_id/1015
    HOLY BALLS!
    890g tire?!
    omg

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    not the best idea to try to convert standard tires, too flimsy. full-on UST tires are heavy, so find some "tubeless ready" or "tube-no-tube" tires that still have the UST bead and stiffer sidewall

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    I've ran both standard, and tubeless tires in a tubeless setup. The standard tires are more prone to burping at really low pressure ( for me, under twenty psi is low pressure ) and can roll in a hard cornering situation at low pressure. But at higher pressures (for me 25 to 30 ) they behave like any tubed setup.
    The sidewalls are thinner on standard tires but the only one I ever tore was a Kenda Karma DTC. Sidewalls as thin as paper.

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    I never run my rear tire less than 30 psi and front stays at about 55 psi, its wet all year around in MD here due to the wet leaves.

    But i changed my mind on the maxxis minions, all reviews were great but the dont come in 2.1 or smaller and are also fairly heavy but they were a DH tire...
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    Some brands of tires are universally not recommended for tubeless use. Me, I've had no problems with standard Panaracer and Specialized. I wouldn't buy UST tires. Way too expensive and heavy. I should note that I'm a XC rider, not DH/FR. Might be a different story with DH/FR. Of course, weight isn't much of an issue there either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf 232 View Post
    I would definetly take that into consideration but the tire im looking at right now (i just shredded my rear tire into pieces and my front is worn out) has every review sayin "completely indestructible, never any flats or tears" plus theres more options in regular tires.

    Maxxis minion DHF

    http://www.fullcycles.com/product_in...oducts_id/1015
    DHF is best on the front. 890g


    almost 900 freaking grams? Exactly HOW is that going to lighten the load? Even tubeless tires are lighter than those. You'd fall over knowing I went 2 years without a flat on a IRC Mibro 2.25 and 574 grams each. Tubed tires I was running tubeless with stan's sealant.

    The 2.25s are boat anchors though. I am now on 2.1s

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    It is a downhill tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trekbikedude View Post
    It is a downhill tire.
    Is he using the bike for DH? Honestly, who freaking cares about lightening a DH bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rutnick View Post
    Honestly, who freaking cares about lightening a DH bike?
    DHers.

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    A lighter bike is easier to toss around in techy terrain whether you're going up hill or down. That's why someone might want a light DH bike?

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