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Old 03-14-19, 09:21 PM
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Going tubeless

Iíve got a 2013 Trek Stache 7, have put it up for sale a couple times over the past 12 months due to not riding it much (rain driven trail closures last summer plus family stuff), and Iím tired of low-balling whiners inquiring about it (offering less than the low balling bicycle blue book and then complaining when I say no), so Iíve decided to just keep it and put lots of miles on it when and where I can.

The specs and wheels say tubeless ready, and several youtube videos makes the conversion look simple enough.

I looked at a nearby LBS website and they have some sort of rim strip that looks like a flat tube with the valvestem attached, are those the way to go now, or should I go with rim sealing tape and separate valve stems? Also is Stanís sealant the way to go, or are there any choices to avoid if I donít go with Stanís due to cost or local availability?

I peeked inside one of the tires tonight to see what rim tape is already in there and it looks like a woven cloth-type tape, so the rims are probably not as tubless-ready as the label might imply.

This bike doesnít take the plus size tires so Iíll be sticking with the 29x2.3Ē tires. Not sure if Iíll be needing one of those blaster tank floor pumps. I do have a compressor at home to seat the tire beads.

Thanks in advance for any input or suggestions.

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Old 03-15-19, 07:28 AM
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Make sure the tires are tubeless also. Some have luck with non tubeless tires but you will probably need more sealant if your tires arenít tubeless designed.

For sure you need rim tape, sealant and valve stems.

A compressor is the best way to seat the tires. The first time you do it and the bead pops itís a little unnerving.

Make sure to spread sealant evenly and then go for a good ride right after to seal it all up.
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I’ll have to look up the specs on the tires, I didn’t see any markings on the tires to tell me if they were tubeless or tube only.

thanks for the input.
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The rims are fine. Peel out the cloth tape and replace with yellow Stans or Gorilla tape. You will also want valve stems.

Non tubeless tires can work oooookay but itís not guaranteed. On my bike, similarly ďtubeless readyĒ rims with tires not marked, I used two layers of Gorilla tape. Sealing at the bead hasnít been a problem but I get seepage through the sidewalls.
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I stopped at an LBS today at lunch and got cable and housing for the dropper seat post, and priced options for the tubeless switch as well. Right now I’m thinking of running the tubes in the current tires while I get the rim tape and stems and sealant on order. Then I’ll start shopping for legitimate tubeless tires and do the swap in a few months. With the trails so spongy right now I’m thinking I’ll have a bunch of pavement miles on the bike for awhile.
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