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Old 05-27-08, 05:45 PM   #1
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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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Old 05-27-08, 06:35 PM   #2
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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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Old 05-27-08, 07:18 PM   #3
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Thanks, question answered, here's for anyone that is interested.

The "Hicks" DIY tubeless conversion
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Old 05-27-08, 07:35 PM   #4
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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.

Opinions on the kenda kinetics stick-e?

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Old 05-27-08, 07:45 PM   #5
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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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Old 05-27-08, 08:02 PM   #6
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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.

Maxxis minion DHF

http://www.fullcycles.com/product_in...oducts_id/1015

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Old 05-27-08, 08:18 PM   #7
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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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Old 05-27-08, 08:34 PM   #8
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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.

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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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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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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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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