Setting your tires up as tubeless– without the use of an inner tube that is– offers a variety of advantages: lighter weight, more puncture-resistance and better grip. We are going to show you how easy it is to set up, without any of the mess.
There really is no cheaper, easier and more effective upgrade for your bike than setting up your wheels tubeless. However, many riders still prefer relying on inner tubes, often just because they dread the setting-up process. We’ll show you how easy it can be and also prove that you don’t have to cover your living room in tire sealant nor have to buy an air compressor.
Tools you need
Valve core remoter
Tire levers if necessary
In order to set up your tires as tubeless, it is essential that both the tires and rims are tubeless-ready. With current tires and rims that will be the case most of times. With older rims you’ll need to apply some additional tubeless-tape. In this tutorial we didn’t have to.
3 tips to set up stubborn tires
If the tire doesn’t snap into the bead lock when pumping air in, these three hacks might be helpful:
Pump up the tire WITHOUT valve core: this increases the air flow, this has worked miracles for many of us. When you remove the pump insert the core straight away to avoid air loss.
Rub some Schwalbe Easy-Fit into the tire sidewalls. This helps the tire to slip and snap into the rim bead.
Use a Tire-Booster. There is a wide range of different models available on the market, but the idea is always the same: filling up a high-pressure air reservoir, and then releasing all of the pressure at once to pump up the tire.
With particularly stubborn tires we recommend a combination of all three of the above.