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Tubed VS Tubeless

In case you are of the mind to join the tubeless world, you will find this article helpful. However, if your interest lies on road bikes, there are also tubeless tire options available for you although the rage these days are on mountain biking.
Schrader tubeless valve with removable core

Tubed VS Tubeless

Tubeless tires have become popular these days since it is wielded by professional racers. Not only is it popular among elite racers, ordinary riders are going for the tubeless tires these days also.

Moreover, vehicle tires have joined the evolution of tubeless tire usage for ages ago. That is why it is not a surprise that the bike manufacturers are also evolving into the tubeless tire production for bikes.

tubed vs tubeless

For a tire to answer tubeless, that tire’s bead has to lock tightly to the rim. Also, there should be an existence of a tire, a stem seated valve to make it wholly airtight and a rim. Besides, you will get the significant element that is crucial for the tire’s effectiveness which is a special sealant.

In case you are of the mind to join the tubeless world, you will find this article helpful. However, if your interest lies on road bikes, there are also tubeless tire options available for you although the rage these days are on mountain biking.

Pros and Cons of Tubeless Tires

  • When you are using tubeless tires, you don’t have to worry about your tires going flat continuously. On the other hand, if you are using a tube tire, it tends to deflate whenever it hits a rock or any other hard object. The powerful impact of the stone or a hard edge on any tubed tire will make the rim of that tire to squeeze together.

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When this squeezing motion occurs, the force of the impact alone can tear your tube. It will leave your tube with two tiny holes like a snake bite or a pinch flat, and this means that you are in trouble. However, if you change your tube tires to tubeless, you don’t have to undergo such challenges again.


  • Another challenge which you don’t have to face much while using a tubeless tire is puncture flats. This problem has a lesser chance of occurring with a tubeless tire due to the sealant for the mounting. Any tubeless rider that notices that their tire is covered by shiny spots immediately after a riding session takes it as nothing because they know that the tubeless sealant has taken care of such a minor issue.

MTB tubeless sealant-wistio

  • With a tubeless tire, you are sure of the best ride ever. According to the testimonials of many riders, a tubeless tire provides them with the best feeling on the trail. Moreover, you can ride a tubeless tire with a decreased pressure more than a tube tire even though it brings the tread of the tire directly in contact with the ground and yet, you don’t have to suffer pinch flats. It is as a result of better traction which comes with the design of a tubeless tire, especially at the corners. Besides, when you ride your bike at a minimum PSI, you can maintain the momentum of the bike since it will allow the bike to navigate around obstacles on the way instead of bouncing off them. A lower PSI will also enable the tubeless to absorb the trail chatter and tiny bumps to provide the rider with a smooth ride.
  • Going tubeless will enable you to save weight. You will never know the amount of weight you are saving until you decide to go tubeless. The weight saving is brought about by the many ways necessary for a tubeless ride. For instance, when you are changing from the standard tube, you are inadvertently saving about 200 grams. This is because the tires and wheels of every tubeless come with a sealant and a valve for its inflation. These attributes offset the weight savings. However, the total operation will provide you with lesser grams. The advantage of saving even a little weight is significant to the rotational component. This means that there is a reduction in the expenditure of energy during your ride. It also means that your legs will become fresher.


Pros and Cons of Tubeless Tires

  • Your expenditure will increase– It is a fact that the wheels and ready tires for tubeless are more expensive. However, you are sure to get your money’s worth when you are using the tubeless. Majority of the advanced offerings that comes from most brands are ready for tubeless. This makes it possible for you to get the upgraded tire rubber compounds with light and sturdy wheels.
  • Mounting a tubeless tire takes time– You may find it a bit tricky when you want to install your tubeless. The highest challenge you will face when setting up your tubeless is to make the bead of the tire to seat on the tire rim. Also to make sure that the rim is airtight. If you want to get the best result, it means that you have to add the sealant much more than air and quickly meticulously.
  • Even with the tubeless, there is still need to take a spare tube. In a situation where you suffer a flat during your riding session, it then means that breach to the rim is too much for the sealant repair by itself. Your only alternative will be to fix-in a tube to the tire to continue with your ride. In this regard, you will have to carry an emergency tube along with you on the run.
  • Messing around with sealant– If you want to achieve an airtight sealing between the rim and the tire, it then means that your hands will get messy with the sealant. This is because the process you have to undergo to achieve the perfect sealing is inherently messy. If you are unfortunate to suffer the gashing of your tire which sprinkles debris on your clothing, you won’t find it funny to clean off the sealant at all. Not only that, you will still have to occasionally add sealant to the tire when the previous one dries out or dissipates. The sealant dissipation may occur in few months if the weather is warm or once annually in a wet or cool climate.

Advantages from my Experience

  • If you are riding on the tire without an additional rubber layer inside, it tends to roll easily. This means that they are much more effective than riding tube tires with the same pressure.
  • I also noticed that it is easy to ride at a lesser pressure without having to worry about getting pinch flats.
  • From my experience, I also find out that tubeless is good at absorbing tiny sharp bumps.
  • I also an experience of how the tubeless can float better on sand or snow.
  • My tubeless do not suffer punctures easily. The only evidence that such a thing can happen was when I decided to change the summer for the snow tires. I have also discovered that using Stans to self-seal is more effective.
  • From my experiences, changing tires are much more convenient with tubeless.

Disadvantages from my Experience

  • I can’t forget how messy I usually become after changing tires. To tell you how serious it is, I have to hose down myself before I become clean.
  • Oh! The trouble of refreshing the tire’s latex sealant almost every six months. The expenditure alone made me look for the cheaper alternative which is to recycle the summer sealant for the winter tires. The only thing I add is an extra.
  • Another thing I have discovered is that if the design for the locking bead is not appropriate for the tires and rims, a delicate tire can shoot off from the bead. What you will hear is a sudden ‘burp,’ and you will notice air gushing out. That is why I prefer the MulFut Rims that comes with Fat Knard or Snowshoe tires. Either of them can dismount or mount tightly and perfectly on the wheels.
  • The tubeless tires dig a deep hole in my budget
  • From my experience, setting up the tubeless for the first time was trying. I did not find it easy at all to tape the rims.


How to Change to Tubeless

Option 1: Prepare the Tubeless Tires and Wheels

You should get the tubeless brand like Universal System Tubeless {UST} which is an original. Tires and Rims from UST are usually easy to mount due to the effectiveness of the bead locks on the Rim.  This brand does not require much sealant, and they are also more airtight although their components are a bit heavier. That is the reason the alternative brands which are more compatible are becoming popular.

There is the need for you to double-check whether your present tires or wheels are ready for tubeless. Do not assume that they are not since the majority of the high-end bikes today are tubeless ready tight from their manufacturer. Some people may say that going tubeless will be incurring more expenditure, but it is not that much. You will only spend on the valve stems and the sealant when you want to set it up.


How to Change to Tubeless

Option 2: Change your Present Wheels and Tires to Tubeless

No matter the combination of tires and wheels you may have, you can easily transform them to going tubeless with your conversion kit. The installation will only go from easy to challenging due to the air that usually looks for where to leak-in readily from components of the non-tubeless. The conversion kit is affordable at just $70 at the retail price although you can reduce the cost by buying the parts singly. After all, the essential things you will need are a valve and a rim tape.


tubeless valve & Rim Tape


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Valves Options

#1: Presta valve plus Rim hole reducer


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34mm Red Aluminium Tubeless Valve Stem

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#2 Schrader Tubeless Valve

  • The maximum rim pressures for 2.8 tires – 26psi, 3.0 tires -24psi, ERD 615 – 622 x 49.9, 29 x 52.3mm.
  • Removable cores to install tubeless
  • The diameter of the valve: 8mm
  • Length : 32mm / 48mm
Schrader tubeless valve with removable core

Schrader tubeless valve with removable core


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