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    dont pull thorns out!

    so i was riding through some grass on the side of an access road and i ran over a stick with a large thorn inn it. i stopped to see if i could pull it out and if it had gone through,( i have thorn resistant tires) and when i pulled it out i heard hissing. so i screamed like a gurl and broke the thorn off teh stick and shoved it bakc in the hole and continued my ride
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    Yeh ive had the same problem them i got slime tubes and it really works, and their cheap only $15 au.

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    yep, ive just recently bought a pair of thorn resistant tubes....looking good, haven't had to repair a tube in a month or so, when usually in have to repair every 2 weeks or so......thank god for thorn resistant tubes....
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    My tube and tire combination is fricken strong. I've rolled over everything. From glass to shape pointy roots while DHing. The maxxis minions and some special tubes are durable.

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    What exactly are thorn resistant? Do they just hold the thorn like a plug?

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    Most thorn resistant tires have a thicker wall on the outside.

    I run Tioga DH tires and Intense DH tubes now...I've never had any kind of flat in a year of riding with this combination. Before I switched from the stock XC stuff my bike came with I was getting regular pinch flats and a thorn puncture once in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enduro
    Most thorn resistant tires have a thicker wall on the outside.

    I run Tioga DH tires and Intense DH tubes now...I've never had any kind of flat in a year of riding with this combination. Before I switched from the stock XC stuff my bike came with I was getting regular pinch flats and a thorn puncture once in a while.
    Obviously the DH stuff is going to be stronger. If I pop any tubes i'm gonna replace them with intense tubes. They are crazy strong tubes. And my minions seem to do a good job protecting my stock tubes.

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    Just go tubeless with some Stan's inside. You can then pull out the thorn, and the hiss will last for .02 seconds before the tire seals itself!

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    Jeff, your tubes are Maxxis DH tubes.....thats what im running on my front....good stuff. The Intense tubes are insanely heavy, not that thick, and not that strong. Dont even ask me why they are that heavy, but they say that they work best with Intense tires(insanely thick sidewalls). I have an Arrow DH tube, uses the little ringnuts instead of the rubber on the outside of the valve, about as thick as the Maxxis.....might be a bit thicker.....and ive run it all season. I am definetly going to buy a few more of those if I dont end up going tubeless.....which I wanna try.

    Favorite tubes : Arrow DH(with the ringnut)......Maxxis(only downfall is the rubber valve stopper thing). Havent ridden the Intense, but ive heard a few things, and know that they are only like 1.4mm thick. The ones I have now are like 1.8, and I think that Salsa makes one that is like 2.1mm thick mmmm

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    yeah, don't even bother with thorn resistant tubes, they're heavy and more expensive.

    use some goo, or just watch where you're riding (i know most of em are total accidents). I live in the land of the goats heads, little buggers used to get me all the time. No more. Just be prepared when you ride your bike if you're going into unknown territory.
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    Yeh i think slime tubes are the go. The hissing may last for longer and allow air to escape the tyre so the best idea is to pull it out and spin the wheel s bit.

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    I have thorn resisitant tires because of cactus. It doens't matter if you pull one thorn out or not- their brothers and sisters are going to get you. I ride in Eastern Montana and the cacti is small and you cannot avoid it. (Unless you stay out of the rough)


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    I haven't had good results with Slime...when I get flats (on my hardtail, without the downhill stuff) I get big punctures (usually pinch flats) that slime doesn't seem to fill...it just oozes out and makes a mess without sealing anything.

    Briggs and Stratton makes some really good stuff that's like super-heavy-duty Slime...it's blue and comes in a really big squeeze bottle. I got some to fix some leaking lawn tractor tires (that Slime, Fix-a-Flat, etc. had failed to repair). The Briggs and Stratton stuff actually works...I'm very impressed. Haven't tried it in bike tires yet but it perfectly sealed some 12-year-old tractor tires that had many large cracks in them.

    I might have to try the Maxxis or Arrow DH tubes if my Intense ones ever give out...I've only used the Intense ones so I don't have anything to compare them to. I've never really been that concerned about weight on my bike even though I do a lot of climbs; I guess that I am the weight savings (6'1", 135)

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    Quote Originally Posted by enduro
    I haven't had good results with Slime...when I get flats (on my hardtail, without the downhill stuff) I get big punctures (usually pinch flats) that slime doesn't seem to fill...it just oozes out and makes a mess without sealing anything.
    Try Stan's sealant. I've pinched, and punctured tires, and Stan's has yet to disappoint:

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    I use Mr Tuffy tire liners.

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