In terms of sales volume, the market for tubeless wheels and tires is far below that of traditional references. Yet a number of brands already trust in the qualities of this concept tires “without tubes.” In addition, the supply tends to increase, the tire side as rims, both for products available in regard to the quality. Here is information to give you good reasons to ride with tubeless tires for road biking.
The bicycle tire Tubeless
Recall that a tubeless tire is a tire devoid of inner tube. It is a tubeless tire having bead cores which are resistant to a high pressure, consisting of a lip (heel) which allows to have a seal with the rim. The carcass is coated with a thin rubber layer which seals. There is therefore a tubeless pneumatic solution while achieving a capacity of “self-healing” with the possible addition of a preventive product that will fill the hole in case of small perforation. This system is now the standard tubeless tire market road.
For cyclists who are practicing mountain biking with proper tire lights, tubeless tires seem victims of a few ideas, probably born returns at the beginning of the history of the concept.
Here are some points that are generally unfamiliar to consumers:
The tubeless tire road is not complicated to climb
This is generally the argument of those who have heard of another person who has struggled to mount a tubeless. Yet mounting a tubeless is not more complicated than putting a tire on some standard wheels.
The Tubeless road tire is not heavy
It turns out that the tubeless wheels are slightly heavier in general than their counterparts tubes, but this corresponds to a background overweight wheels from 40 to 60 grams. Regarding tires, they are not heavier a set bed-tires.
It may not be specific tubeless wheels
For 1 to 2 years, tire marks as rims have worked extensively on the subject, developed to greatly increase the quality and quantity of available products. It is of course advisable to use bicycle wheels specific tubeless, but it is also possible to convert some wheels, using conversion kits that can move your conventional tires to tubeless wheels compatible wheels. For that it is necessary :
- Add a specific Scotch round to seal the rim.
- Add a “flap” of cyclocross to enhance the bottom rims under the plugs in order to provide optimum support to the tubeless road.
- Change valve
The Tubeless road tire is not difficult to repair
Field a tubeless may die but will slow punctures repaired by preventive liquid without loss of pressure.
The larger denominations than 5 mm require to put a tube to finish the output, which changes nothing compared to a conventional tire.
Once at home, we can repair the tubeless, it’s not more complicated than a tube (or even less) and much less than a hose. Simply placing a patch over the cut inside the tubeless.
The Tubeless road tire is comfortable, acceding
This is certainly the most rapidly observed point when one is accustomed to the road feel of a traditional tire pressures to obviously equal. Knowing that it is possible and even recommended to run at slightly lower pressure, 7 to 7.5 bars, for example when driving usually 8 bars, for equivalent performance.And of course it is possible to go further 6 bars without any risk of pinching and loss of yield quite negligible. Or 5 bars in the rain, to further increase comfort and grip.
This “grip” aspect is also characteristic of tubeless road tires: given the lack of air room “rolling” not on the tire in case of pronounced support hold, turns in flow rates may be higher, a bit like the best casings.
The tubeless tire is more durable!
Another phenomenon appears as the kilometers: the longevity of tubeless road tires. Indeed, a tubeless is by design classic tire which we added to the material to make it waterproof. This correspondingly increases the potential mileage of this release. (Less deformation also) Especially with the preventive liquid, it is possible to use almost threadbare its tubeless without the stress of the flat tire, extending even here the life of the product, tires for the drive means.
The tubeless tire can explode
Finally, the risk from 7 bars to 0 (always through preventive), unlike conventional tires – what then is the rider falls mostly. In addition, the rods are highly tubeless clipped into the hooks of the rim. The shape of the rim prevents, at a high pressure loss, the rods move hooks. In the end, it is almost impossible off the rim.
The tubeless tire offers exceptional resistance to puncture
With 30 ml of liquid to incorporate preventive editing, it’s a safe bet that you shut up a full season without any puncture. A definite advantage in winter season during which the flint on wet roads become more aggressive or running / cycling event to avoid losing his group!
Some limits of tire Tubeless road
Although this is changing, the choice available is still small extent for both rims for tires and even more so if you go to a bike shop. On the Internet, it is easier to find the desired references.
Note also that for those looking for absolute performance, the weight of the wheels – especially carbon – is at a higher level than the models hoses(additional weight range) in height equivalent. At envelopes, against the best gut performance and road feel is still below even for tubeless oriented performance.
This remains valid, but to a lesser extent compared to conventional tires the more upscale are in fact “open gut” (Open Clincher). But in this case, the puncture resistance will be much lower. A choice not necessarily appropriate in a context cyclosportif where roads used are not always in excellent condition.
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