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Old 04-13-17, 12:15 PM
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Are there wheels which wont work tubeless?

I was wondering about this question, based on my experience of setting up not specific tubeless rims with stans tape, and tubeless valve stems and running them tubeless.

I have done this with 5 separate sets of wheels, with no problems to date on any of these wheels. 1 was alloy, 4 were carbon.

In looking at purchasing wheels today, I still get comments from wheel companies that they don't recommend tubeless, for their wheels and I even had one company (HED) say that running their wheel tubeless would void their warrentee and could damage the wheel .

This what they specifically said: The bead seat Diameter on a tubeless rim must be larger to accommodate the tighter fit and different distribution of forces that tubeless tire exerts on the rim.

Bead seat diameter larger ? This is a new one on me. Can someone explain this to me and whether this is really the case and if so why has this never been a problem on the five sets of wheels I have set up this way that were not designated Tubeless.
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Originally Posted by Jackmen View Post
I was wondering about this question, based on my experience of setting up not specific tubeless rims with stans tape, and tubeless valve stems and running them tubeless.

I have done this with 5 separate sets of wheels, with no problems to date on any of these wheels. 1 was alloy, 4 were carbon.

In looking at purchasing wheels today, I still get comments from wheel companies that they don't recommend tubeless, for their wheels and I even had one company (HED) say that running their wheel tubeless would void their warrentee and could damage the wheel .

This what they specifically said: The bead seat Diameter on a tubeless rim must be larger to accommodate the tighter fit and different distribution of forces that tubeless tire exerts on the rim.

Bead seat diameter larger ? This is a new one on me. Can someone explain this to me and whether this is really the case and if so why has this never been a problem on the five sets of wheels I have set up this way that were not designated Tubeless.

There are lots of wheels that won't work tubeless. If a manufacturer didn't design their wheel to be tubeless they are never going to tell you that it will run tubeless. Sometimes those wheels will work tubeless, sometimes they won't. There are extensive lists of people's experiences, a lot of them on MTB forums. Google is your friend.
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Are you talking about road or MTB?
Usually when setting up non-tubeless rims tubeless you have to build up the inside of the rim so that the tire can seat to some degree on the inside of the rim. Otherwise you can't keep enough air in the tire to seat the bead - usually takes an air compressor.
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