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Is AZ one of the places you need tubeless for flat protection?

Old 08-28-11, 08:16 PM
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Is AZ one of the places you need tubeless for flat protection?

Probably gonna be doing some MTBing in AZ for about a week early next spring. I figure I may as well start saving and getting stuff now if I'm gonna need to go tubeless to ride down there without lots of flats.
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you don't need tubeless for flat protection. you can put sealant in a tube and not worry about punctures (sealant doesn't do anything for pinch flats). i rode all over arizona with tubes and didn't flat any more than anywhere else.

i like my tubeless tires, enjoy them very much, recommend tubeless for anyone interested but not sure, but you don't *need* it is all i'm saying.
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Well that's good to know. I'll do a search myself, but if you or anyone else doesn't mind, what benefits are there for tubeless versus just putting sealant in your tubes? Mostly weight? I haven't really read stuff about people just putting sealant in tubes.
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with tubeless you can run a lower tire pressure, it's lighter, and you don't have to worry about tubes. with my tubeless, i've had one flat in the last year, and it was my fault because i let the stan's dry out. sealant, not slime, but tru goo or stan's, in tubes keeps them from flatting when you get goatheads or other little things that puncture your tires.
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Thanks! I'm looking into it more. Maybe I'll just get some sealant since I seriously have no need for tubeless flat protection around here.
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I havent ridden a whole lot in Northern Arizona, but I live and ride all over Southern Arizona, mainly the Tucson area, and I just got Tubeless a few months ago and it is definitely a huge improvement over riding with tubes. I never had a huge problem with flats out here but I had a few, and so far with the tubeless setup I am at zero. Also being able to run the lower pressure on the loose dry conditions that are common out here is a huge advantage as far as traction goes.

There are a lot of ways to DIY tubeless. one of my friends sealed his rims with electrical tape then a tubeless liner on top and he has no problems at all.

I would look into it if I was you, its a great improvement no matter where you ride IMO.
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I don't really need the lower pressures, and I've actually only ever had 1 flat so far on my MTB and it was totally my own stupidity that caused it. I think there really isn't a need out here. At least not on the trails anywhere near me. There are no thorns at all and very few loose rocky/dry areas that really call for super low tire pressures or cause pinch flats. I don't think it would be worth the expense for it for riding around here, so if I can just throw some sealant in my tubes and carry some spare and be alright down there for a week, I don't know if it would be worth the extra investment to go tubeless. Even if it only cost me $50, that's $50 I didn't really have a reason to spend being in an area where flats aren't a problem. Come to think of it, I've never seen anyone out on a trail around here with a flat, or had anyone I was riding with flat. Not like it doesn't happen, but it's certainly more uncommon than common.

Thanks for the input, though. I do still plan to look into it. I just don't know if I'll end up taking that route.
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if you do go tubeless, please, do not go ghetto tubeless. do it right or don't. there are successful ghetto tubeless stories out there, there are far far more unsuccessful frustrated angry ghetto tubeless failure stories.
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^Haha, my tires are supposed to be tubeless compatible I'm pretty sure. I guess I'd probably buy the kit with the strips that are supposed to seal your rims along with the sealant. Like I said, I'm doubting it would be worth it, though. Still gotta read up a little more.
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