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Old 08-25-08, 01:50 PM
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Tubeless Slicks for Commuting?

I have been looking around for these, and don't even know if they exist. I have UST tubeless wheels on my ATB and use it for the commute to work and the mountains. I want to stick with tubeless since I really can't stand tubes any more, but have not been able to find any tubless slick tires.

Do they even exist?

If so, where can I find them?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 08-25-08, 02:07 PM
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Why in the world would you want tubeless tires for road riding? The biggest advantage for tubeless or sew-up tires is the ability to run them at low pressures, which is great for MTB or XC but not so much for road riding.

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Old 08-25-08, 03:38 PM
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I've never seen them. If you're dead-set on using the MTB for your commute, I'd recommend a spare set of wheels (non-UST of course).
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Old 08-25-08, 04:46 PM
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So what do you do when you get a flat? Carry around a spare tire?
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I have a UST disc front wheel on my MTB commuter with a tube type tire sealed with homemade sealant. Works great. The tire is a specialized Nimbus 1.5. I too looked for a UST road tire in 26'', but found none.
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Originally Posted by ColoradoB5 View Post
If so, where can I find them?
http://www.roadtubeless.com/
http://www.notubes.com/product_info.php/products_id/416
http://www.gotubeless.com/road-tubel...chinson-combo/
http://www.gotubeless.com/stans-anno...-at-interbike/
http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...es/tubeless_08
http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=95909

There are threads about this over in the Road Cycling forum, too.
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Old 08-25-08, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
So what do you do when you get a flat? Carry around a spare tire?
Carry a tube. Tubeless riders say that flats are exceptionally rare, though.
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
Carry a tube. Tubeless riders say that flats are exceptionally rare, though.
Now there's an interesting thing to discuss. Flats are rare because most tubeless folks have sealant in the tire. But everyone here says sealants suck......discuss.
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They have sealant, they don't suffer pinch flats, they don't have to worry about a blown tube due to bad installation (which I think I've done), etc etc.

Aw, hell, go search the forum. It's been discussed.
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I did. It says sealant sucks.
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Dub!!! Good to see ya here on BF!

I've got Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on my commuter. I've got about 5000 miles on them (including my trip to Alaska) with ZERO flats so far. The front tire looks great, like it could go another 5000 miles, the rear tire is worn flat in the center, but I'm gonna ride it until the rubber wears down to the kevlar layer underneath. The only problem is that they're a pain to mount on the rims, so you'll need a spare set of wheels to swap out when you want to go off road
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Originally Posted by GV27 View Post
I did. It says sealant sucks.
Wow. It says sealant sucks. Just who is this "it" that you trust so much? I tried it because I like to tinker. I tried it so now I know. I tried it so I can speak with experience and authority.

It works and It is all I use on my commuter. It takes some tinkering on some rims, but with Stan's rim strips or a UST wheel, or even ghetto tubeless rim strips, it works just fine 90% on the time with no hassle. The other 10 percent, you have to use your skills. I use a homemade sealant because I am cheap. Stan's sealant works just fine.
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Thanks BarracksSI, these looks like they are for road wheels though, where I am running ATB wheels.

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Dub!!! Good to see ya here on BF!

I've got Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on my commuter. I've got about 5000 miles on them (including my trip to Alaska) with ZERO flats so far. The front tire looks great, like it could go another 5000 miles, the rear tire is worn flat in the center, but I'm gonna ride it until the rubber wears down to the kevlar layer underneath. The only problem is that they're a pain to mount on the rims, so you'll need a spare set of wheels to swap out when you want to go off road
Hey Alan! Are those tires for ATB wheels?

The Hutchinson Pythons I have are smalls bead tires, so they work really well on the road. They are fair off road, so I may get the slicks for my upcoming Moad trip for Slickrock and get another, more knobby set for trail use. I do want to get another set of wheels to either put the slicks of Hutchinsons on for the commute and then have a nicer set for offroad. I definitely dig the UST wheels though. With Stan's Sealant, I haven't had a flat in a year. The bike came with UST Bontrager wheels with tube tires + tubes and after a particularly bad day where I had 3 flats and tore up a tire, I decided to go tubeless.

If you are on the fence, I recommend going this route!
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