4 tips for understanding tubeless tyre set up
What you’ll need and the steps you’ll take
Running your tyres tubeless can seem like a daunting prospect, but get it right and you’ll enjoy a puncture free life with more grip and better rolling resistance.
Here are the key steps you’ll need to follow to ditch the tubes from your mountain bike.
What you’ll need
- Tubeless valves
- Rim tape or strips
- Track pump or charger
- Tyres (ideally tubeless ready, but some regular tyres can work)
- Wheels (ideally tubeless ready)
For a tubeless set-up to work, air must be prevented from escaping through the spoke holes in the rim.
Some wheels have sealed rims but most manufacturers use tape to make them airtight.
New wheels often come pre-taped. If not, you’ll need to do it yourself.
Specially designed rim tape from brands such as Stan’s NoTubes is best, but Gorilla Tape works well too.
Wrap it tightly and neatly around the rim bed.
To get air into the tyre, you’ll need to fit a tubeless valve.
This is inserted into the valve hole in the rim from the tyre side and then tightened with a threaded collar on the hub side to create an airtight seal.
Note that you may need to poke the valve through the rim tape (carefully) when installing it.
This magic liquid usually contains latex and small particles.
Its job is to seal up any small holes that your tyres may pick up from thorns, rocks or pinch punctures.
We’ve found Effetto Mariposa Caffélatex and Orange Seal to work particularly well.
Pop 80–100ml of sealant into the tyre before fitting the last section onto the rim.
This is the tricky bit. Pumping furiously with a track pump should be enough to pop most tyre beads into the rim and make things airtight, especially if you massage the tyre onto the edge of the rim first.
Failing that, try a tubeless inflator, such as MilKit Booster.
BEST COMPONENT FOR YOU TO CONVERT TO TUBELESS
HASSLE FREE MAINTENANCE
LEZYNE TUBELESS PLUG REFILL – 10RM60.00
Lezyne Tubeless Repair Kit – BlackRM150.00
SCHWALBE PRO ONE EVO TLE ROAD TYRE 25RM185.00
STAN’S NOTUBES DART REPLACEMENT TIPS
MILKIT BOOSTER HEAD + 0.6 LITRE BOTTLE TUBELESS INFLATION SYSTEMRM230.00
MILKIT TUBELESS VALVES 55MM (PAIR)RM160.00
MILKIT TUBELESS VALVES 75MM (PAIR)RM160.00
MILKIT COMPACT TUBELESS INJECTOR KIT WITH 75MM VALVESRM270.00
MILKIT COMPACT TUBELESS INJECTOR KIT WITH 55MM VALVESRM270.00
Schwalbe Tubeless Rim TapeRM120.00
Barbieri PNK CarbonAria UST valvesRM99.00
Stan’s NoTubes Tyre SealantRM40.00