Riders who own a set of tubeless-ready (or conventional) tires, but are still running tubes, are missing out on some fun. The advantage of running lower air pressure (better traction) and not letting a small puncture ruin your day is too much to overlook. Genuine Innovations has a kit that includes everything you need (and more) to get the tubes out of our your tubeless–ready wheels.
Tech Features: The $59.99 Genuine Innovations Tubeless Ready Kit includes an 8-ounce bottle of Slime Tubeless Sealant, a measuring cup, a roll of Gorilla tape, two valve stems, two threaded 20-gram CO2 cartridges, a screw-on Microflate Nano nozzle, two tire tools, a valve core removal tool and a Schrader-to-presta adapter. The installation instructions were to vague and over-simplified, but don’t worry, we’ll let you in on the tricks you need to make it happen.
Field Test Results: If you don’t have a spares box full of valves, rim stripes and sealant, the kit gets you from zero to hero. It has the supplies necessary to ready at least four tubeless-ready wheels, plus you can never have too many tire tools and adapters.
The Gorilla tape went on easily, but Genuine Innovations claims there is enough tape for four wheels. That’s not the case. Trick one: You need to wrap the rims twice to get a good seal that will prevent tire burping. Trick two: With the rim between your legs and looking down at the valve-stem hole, start applying the tape in front of the hole and end the wrap (after two rotations) just after the hole. This way, the valve hole is actually covered by three layers of tape, not just two. In our case, we used the entire Gorilla tape roll converting two 29-inch wheels. Don’t skimp or you will have issues.
Trick three: Do not cut a hole in the Gorilla tape to insert the valve. This only creates a greater chance for a bad seal. Instead, pierce a hole through the tape with the valve itself. That makes for a nice, strong seal. Trick four: Tighten the valve’s locknut by hand and then use pliers to turn the locknut another full turn. You don’t want play in the valve or you will lose the seal when you attach a tire pump.
Trick five: The directions call for a full green cup of Slime sealant to be added to the tire, but you really want a cup and a half for added insurance. Instead of using the CO2 cartridges to inflate the tire, we chose to use our shop air compressor (and save the CO2 for that flat just before sunset). The tires (Bontrager tubeless-ready XR2 Team Issue) beaded after a few attempts.
Trick six: As soon as the tire bead pops into the rim, stop using the compressor. Switch to a hand pump and continue to inflate the tire to at least 30 psi. Wiggle and roll the wheel to make sure the sealant gets everywhere. Once sealed, we let the tires sit overnight. Before our first ride, we reduced the air pressure and enjoyed the floating-on-air ride. While they will bleed air over time, it was no worse than with thin tubes.
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