Just went tubeless...

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    Jan 28, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
    After yet another pinch flat today on the trails, I ditched my tubes for Stans and went tubeless.

    I already knew it would be a pain in the ass, but it already seems worth it just for the extra acceleration from having lighter tires.

    Taking it to the trails tomorrow afternoon (if time permits) and doing a hard run to give them the ultimate test.
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    Jan 28, 2013 11:55 PM GMT
    Remember not to set your tire pressure too low. If it's too low you'll burp the tire. You'll also want to change out the Stan's every few months or so. Earlier if you ride a lot. It'll dry out eventually. Tubeless with sealant is the way to go just for the flat protection by itself.
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:13 PM GMT
    Stan's notube is a marvel. icon_smile.gif
    you might still want to carry a tube around if you're going on some epic ride in case of disaster ( you have to swap the valve ) . But usually just a Co2 cartridge ( or 2 ) does the job.
    I keep my tires around 28-30 psi. Bit more if it's super dry and fast conditions with you know, hazardous objects along the trail.
    I do get the occasional burp but it's rare .
    The gains in traction far surpass the increase in rolling resistance IMO .


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    Jan 29, 2013 10:32 PM GMT
    xassantex saidStan's notube is a marvel. icon_smile.gif
    you might still want to carry a tube around if you're going on some epic ride in case of disaster ( you have to swap the valve ) . But usually just a Co2 cartridge ( or 2 ) does the job.
    I keep my tires around 28-30 psi. Bit more if it's super dry and fast conditions with you know, hazardous objects along the trail.
    I do get the occasional burp but it's rare .
    The gains in traction far surpass the increase in rolling resistance IMO .


    I just rode the entire trail system at Markham twice, and made better time than ever before. The increased traction and speed are amazing! Well, except for the few times I almost washed out in soft-sand turns going faster than usual...kinda feels good to be able to "shred" the turns for a change. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
    and if you go to AZ you'll be happy to have Stan's milk in your tires.. what with all those cactus needles.
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:52 PM GMT
    I misread the title of this thread and saw "lubeless"

    I think I know where my dirty 'ole mind is at. icon_redface.gif
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    Jan 31, 2013 11:30 PM GMT
    xassantex saidand if you go to AZ you'll be happy to have Stan's milk in your tires.. what with all those cactus needles.
    Oh I know. I used it in my hybrid tires when I was road riding there last year. Without it, you won't even get 5 miles without a flat...even on the road. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 02, 2013 9:18 PM GMT
    intensity69 saidI misread the title of this thread and saw "lubeless"

    I think I know where my dirty 'ole mind is at. icon_redface.gif


    i doubt paul is lubeless ready.
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    Feb 02, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    xassantex said
    intensity69 saidI misread the title of this thread and saw "lubeless"

    I think I know where my dirty 'ole mind is at. icon_redface.gif


    i doubt paul is lubeless ready.
    That's right. I can't afford sealed bearings for the hubs and bottom bracket. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 02, 2013 11:09 PM GMT
    as soloXCracer mentioned -- just make sure to have enough pressure in the Stans -- was on an epic ride this summer and one guy's pressure was low in his Stans -- ended up with a flat and double burp and .... well you get the picture
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    Feb 02, 2013 11:17 PM GMT
    mmmm_mmmm saidas soloXCracer mentioned -- just make sure to have enough pressure in the Stans -- was on an epic ride this summer and one guy's pressure was low in his Stans -- ended up with a flat and double burp and .... well you get the picture
    Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29" tires...30 PSI front, 35 PSI rear.

    Been riding this week like that over rock gardens, rocky drops, and a few medium jumps (2-4 feet of air). So far so good. The only complaint is how easily the tires slide in "sugar sand" at such high pressure; but I'm starting to get used to how much they slide and work with it.

    I must say, though, that they do have more grip for climbs...even over roots. Not as good as the Nevegals, but still good.
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    Feb 03, 2013 5:18 PM GMT
    hey the Racing Ralph are my favorites.
    (but then i've always been a fan of Schwalbe ... back in the 90's i was racing on their 1.72 Hurricanes .. incredibly light, and the slickest XC tires i have ever seen, but had to ride them at 50psi. .. on a hardtail.)

    I ride my Racing Ralphs at 30-32 psi and can't say i've had issues.. like i said before a few burps now and then, very rarely.
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    Feb 03, 2013 8:58 PM GMT
    My weapon of choice are the Maxxis Ikons (Exo). Great all-around tire, or at least where I live. Low rolling resistance, Exo sidewall protection, super fast on hardpack, pretty good on loose rocky stuff, and surprisingly predictable in the sandy sections. Pretty light weight too, but not the lightest. A great all-arounder.
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    Feb 04, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    SoloXCRacer saidMy weapon of choice are the Maxxis Ikons (Exo). Great all-around tire, or at least where I live. Low rolling resistance, Exo sidewall protection, super fast on hardpack, pretty good on loose rocky stuff, and surprisingly predictable in the sandy sections. Pretty light weight too, but not the lightest. A great all-arounder.
    I see a lot of guys running those tires. Predictability in sandy sections is nice, but Racing Ralphs are pretty good at that, too...which is a good thing, cause it's been so dry for so long here that our normally-hardpack trails are nothing but sugar sand right now. I almost wiped out today on a super-soft sandy section that usually isn't soft, but the tires held enough traction to steer out of it and stay on my line.
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    Feb 04, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    intensity69 saidI misread the title of this thread and saw "lubeless"

    I think I know where my dirty 'ole mind is at. icon_redface.gif
    Whoa - Ditto!
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    Feb 04, 2013 12:20 AM GMT
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    intensity69 saidI misread the title of this thread and saw "lubeless"

    I think I know where my dirty 'ole mind is at. icon_redface.gif
    Whoa - Ditto!


    I still see it every time the thread propagates up to the recent posts list, LOL. I'm incorrigible.
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    Feb 09, 2013 1:19 AM GMT
    intensity69 said
    JRaRJ said
    intensity69 saidI misread the title of this thread and saw "lubeless"

    I think I know where my dirty 'ole mind is at. icon_redface.gif
    Whoa - Ditto!


    I still see it every time the thread propagates up to the recent posts list, LOL. I'm incorrigible.
    And now I'm bumping this thread just to stimulate your dirty mind. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 09, 2013 1:25 AM GMT
    Did anyone else read this thread as "lubeless"?
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    Feb 09, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    Myol saidDid anyone else read this thread as "lubeless"?
    Not at all! Where did you come up with that wild idea?
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    Feb 09, 2013 1:51 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Myol saidDid anyone else read this thread as "lubeless"?
    Not at all! Where did you come up with that wild idea?


    I dunno. I was just surprised to be the first one to bring it up.
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    Feb 09, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    Myol said
    paulflexes said
    Myol saidDid anyone else read this thread as "lubeless"?
    Not at all! Where did you come up with that wild idea?


    I dunno. I was just surprised to be the first one to bring it up.
    You obviously haven't read the other half of the thread. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 09, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Myol said
    paulflexes said
    Myol saidDid anyone else read this thread as "lubeless"?
    Not at all! Where did you come up with that wild idea?


    I dunno. I was just surprised to be the first one to bring it up.
    You obviously haven't read the other half of the thread. icon_lol.gif


    C'mon Paul. I didn't think YOU would be the one to miss the sarcasm. Disappointed in you, I am.
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    Feb 10, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    Myol said
    paulflexes said
    Myol said
    paulflexes said
    Myol saidDid anyone else read this thread as "lubeless"?
    Not at all! Where did you come up with that wild idea?


    I dunno. I was just surprised to be the first one to bring it up.
    You obviously haven't read the other half of the thread. icon_lol.gif


    C'mon Paul. I didn't think YOU would be the one to miss the sarcasm. Disappointed in you, I am.
    C'mon Midol PMS (aka Myol). I didn't think YOU would the one to miss the fact that I was totally playing into your sarcasm. icon_lol.gif