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Old 01-02-18, 09:38 AM
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Tire confusion!

So, I have a relatively new bike which came with WTB rims that have the TCS (Tubeless Compatible System). Bike came with tubed tires (Panaracer T-Servs, 700x35).

I'm new to this stuff, so wondering about compatibility. Moving forward, do I need to stick with particular tire types, or will any clincher (tubed, tubeless, tubeless-compatible) work with these rims?

And if I want to go to tubeless tires, what type should I look for?

Yes, I have perused the interwebs, and am still a bit overwhelmed with info.

Thanks in advance!

PS: I'm not a newbie. Just had to create new username and such for tech reasons.

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Any tire with tubes (that's the right size, obviously) will work, whether or not it's tubeless-compatible. There are no tubeless-only tires AFAIK. Tubeless-compatible rims can be a little tighter of a fit for tires, but all tires of the right size should work, they may just take a little more elbow grease to mount.

I haven't run tubeless myself so I don't have any recommendations there.
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you can put any tire you want on there.

Generally any tubeless tire on a tubeless rim should work fine, you just need valve stems with removable cores, so you can add sealant to the tire roughly every 6 months.'

if you have spoke holes in the outer rim (the part that holds air), you will need some kind of rim tape. If the only holes on the outer rim are for the valve, you don't need tape.

A true TCS system does not need sealant, although it would be a folly not to use sealant. A "tubeless compatible" tire must have sealant. Either way, expect tubeless tires to need the air to be topped off more often than a tire with tubes.
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I used Stan’s wheel/rim tape last yr
On stock wheels & stans sealant.
Schwalbe marathon supreme 700x35 tubeless easy
Ran last year, worked well.
I took tires off, cleaned out the goo , last month
Turned gummy (left in 8 month ,over the summer ,with no use)
Then mounted & new sealant
Liking it so far, was a fairly easy conversion
Rim Tape, tubeless stems, tires, sealant
Do have to add air about once/week
Am running less pressure , 50/60 psi, more comfortable ride
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