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Old 04-25-07, 09:01 PM
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Tubeless Tire Repair Options?

I did some searches but didn't find what I was looking for. I need some guidance...

Background:
I just purchased a Kona Coiler for my 16 year old son. He got a flat and attempted to change the tube himself. After getting half-way through the job, he realized that the bike has tubeless tires. This tubeless tire thing is new for both of us.

Questions:
1. Can he proceed with the install of th HD tube and be done with it.
2. By doing #1, what benefits of a tubeless set up am I negating?
3. Are we better off re-mounting the tire (assume this is done using the same process as a tubed tire) and using sealant?

Thanks for any advise.
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Old 04-25-07, 09:05 PM
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I dont know if there are any other methods, but I think Park Tools sells some special patches for tubeless tires. Check with your LBS.

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Old 04-25-07, 10:29 PM
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First off, how fast is the leak? Did he run over a hazard and the tire is ruined, or is it a slow leak? That will detemine how to handle your situation significantly. I'll continue assuming it's a slow leak. . .

I'm new to tubeless as well. I recently upgraded my wheelset and they are UST compatable. Initially I ran my standard tires with tubes with these wheels because they still had a little life in them. When it was time to put a new rear tire on I elected for tubeless.

I was concerned about the flat issue that your son is experiencing. My understanding is such that tubelss tires will leak moreso than your usual tube/tire setup. If he's not riding regularly, expect to need to pump it up before each ride. The answer to your question: YES...go ahead and put a tube in that tire and get him back on the trail. You can also get some slime or similar product to help with the tubeless flat ordeal.

My tire seems to lose air after a short period of time (a day or two of non riding). My buddy at the bike shop suggested shooting a sealant in to prevent this slow leak.

Tubeless performance any better? I'm still trying to figure that out on my own. I want to think yes, but I'm not sure whether it's mental or the new tire is THAT much better than the one I was previously running.

Do what you gotta do to get him back on the trail. Happy riding!

Cheers and happy riding.
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Old 04-25-07, 10:49 PM
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add 2 scoops of Stan's tire sealant (www.notubes.com) and be 99% flat free. It will fix your current puncture as long as it's not a big gash, and will instantly repar future punctures as he rides.
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I've fixed tubeless tire punctures with a couple of methods. If the leak is VERY slow I simply pull the tire off, clean the inside of the puncture, and apply and patch. If the leak is a bit fast I've got some plugs that I use. The plug is a rubbery thing that you goop up with cement, insert it into the puncture, then cut of the excess on the outside of the tire. You can find patches and plugs at your local bike shop. As others have mentioned, you can also fill your tire with sealant to stop small punctures as soon as they occur. I tried some stuff from Specialized once but had only mixed results with it so now I run the tires dry and either patch or plug punctures.
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Old 04-27-07, 12:15 PM
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Hutchinson makes a tubeless tire patch kit which I used on a hole made by a 1" long thorn.

I have since taken the HEAVY tubeless tires off my bike and started using Stan's sealant and regular tube type tires.

Here's the best part:

Swapping off very heavy tubeless Michelin's for very light Hutchinson's dropped TWO POUNDS from my bike's overall weight! Even better: my rotational mass is greatly reduced, giving me quicker acceleration, easier climbing, and the ability to hold speed easier. I also run lower pressures than I would have otherwise, giving me a smoother ride and better handling due to a larger contact patch with the ground.

(After inflation two weeks ago, my pressures haver remained steady with no perceptable leaks.)
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Originally Posted by cobraken
I did some searches but didn't find what I was looking for. I need some guidance...

Background:
I just purchased a Kona Coiler for my 16 year old son. He got a flat and attempted to change the tube himself. After getting half-way through the job, he realized that the bike has tubeless tires. This tubeless tire thing is new for both of us.

Questions:
1. Can he proceed with the install of th HD tube and be done with it.
2. By doing #1, what benefits of a tubeless set up am I negating?
3. Are we better off re-mounting the tire (assume this is done using the same process as a tubed tire) and using sealant?

Thanks for any advise.
Are you positive his Coiler has tubeless tires and wheels? Kona has offered all Coiler models with only standard tires, rims and inner tubes.
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