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Tubeless bike tyres have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially for mountain bike users. Tubeless ready tyres form a direct seal with the wheel rim, dispensing with the traditional inner tube. But to work properly, careful fitting is needed. Read on to learn how to fit tubeless bike tyres.
As the name suggests, tubeless bike tyres are pneumatic tyres with no inner tube. With traditional tyres, it is the inner tube that retains the air pressure, and it's this that you need to repair or replace in the event of a puncture. On both normal tyres and tubeless bike tyres, the tyre itself is held in place by its beaded edges connecting with the lips of the rim. The difference with tubeless bike tyres is that this forms an airtight seal.
Tubeless bike tyres can be more difficult to fit because the seal between rim and tyre needs to be extra tight. However, with proper preparation and care, fitting tubeless tyres should not be a problem.
In the past, compatibility has been an issue with tubeless bike tyres. However, this has been regularised and many tubeless tyres now use standard Tubeless Ready conforming tyres and rims.
To decide on the suitability of tubeless ready tyres for your ride, you need to consider the pros and cons.
Have you decided to use tubeless bicycle tyres? Before mounting them on your bike, it is important to be well prepared. You may already have the tools for fitting traditional inner tube tyres, but there are some special requirements for tubeless bike tyres.
Here’s what you will need:
The following steps are given with MTB tyres in mind. If you're wondering how to fit tubeless road tyres, the process is basically the same.
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Here's the step-by-step process to fit your tubeless bike tyre: