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HED Ardennes / HED Belgium review...

Old 08-13-20, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by showlow View Post
I'll get a flat 2 - 3 times on some rides around here (desert) with regular clinchers and tubes. I'm coming around to tubeless. I have my H-Plus Son Hydras set up tubeless now. I poked a pretty good sized hole in the rear tire the other day. It was losing pressure fast. I haven't learned how to use plugs yet and I was about to pull out my spare tube and throw it in, but then I figured I'd try and let the sealant do its job. I sorta tucked the torn rubber back into the hole and held my finger over it for a minute. Then I spun the wheel around a while, and inflated it back to 50 PSI with my hand pump. Sealed right up and I haven't touched it since except to reinflate a little.

That said, being able to get the tire off on the side of the road isn't a "feature", it's a necessity. There would be situations where I absolutely need to boot a tire, and put in a tube. Those HEDs were just horrible in that situation.
yeah agreed.

But if you think HED is bad, I suspect you haven't deal with mtb hookless rims yet. IMPOSSIBLE to remove on the trail (unless you happen to bring a visegrip or a scissor to cut the tire)... and even if you somehow manage to do the impossible and unmount it without destroying it... it will be IMPOSSIBLE to seat the bead again with a hand pump or any amount of CO2 cartridges, trying to pump an mtb tire to 60 psi is akin to pumping a road tire to 130+ psi, i litterally have to bounce my whole body weight (122 lbs) on my floorpump to get it to 60 psi. Basically, with hookless rims, if you get a flat that will not seal on the trail, good chance you're walking out
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Old 08-13-20, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by showlow View Post
Funny. I was super pragmatic and frugal for years. Only buying used bikes and doing my own repairs. This current bike is the first time I drank the koolaid and really went all in on trendy new tech.
If you are going to ditch them do yourself a favor and put Campy wheels on your bike. Even if I opt for SRAM on the bike I am considering Campy Shamals or Boras are going on it.
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