Going Tubeless on Your Road Bike

Looking to go tubeless?

We’ve got you covered when it comes to freeing your tires.

Tubeless tires can allow you to spend less time fixing flats on the side of the road and more time focusing on what's ahead. By using specially formulated tire sealant, tubeless tires have the ability to seal small punctures without having to stop riding.

Benefits

No more pinch flats! With no tube to get stuck between the rim and the road, pinch flats are nearly eliminated.

Any small flats caused by thorns or other sharp objects can be sealed with sealant.

With the risk of pinch flats eliminated, you can run lower pressure for a comfier ride while also gaining more traction.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Going tubeless on a road bike can be daunting and overwhelming. But it is much more simple than it seems. Check out this information below to decide if making the switch is right for you.

  1. Tubeless-Ready Wheels
  2. Tubeless Tires
  3. Tubeless Rim Tape
  4. Tubless Valves
  5. Tubeless Sealant

TUBELESS-READY WHEELS

Tubeless wheels differ from traditional wheels in that they have a bead lock that will allow a tubeless tire to catch and become air-tight. Be sure to check your current wheels before moving ahead, because going tubeless on a non-compatible wheel can be dangerous. If you're looking to upgrade, check out these tubeless wheels:

TUBELESS TIRES

Often labeled Tubeless or TLR (Tubeless Ready), tubeless tires have a bead that “locks in” to the rim for a secure and air-tight seal. Some tubeless tires use a Butyl rubber liner (what inner tubes are made of) to seal the tires and reduce air seepage. Tubeless tires come in a very wide range of widths and sizes be sure to check out all the options we have:

TUBELESS RIM TAPE

If you have modern tubeless wheels or a bike that came with tubeless wheels, they probably already have tubeless rim tape installed. Tubeless rim tape works like a rim strip but is specially designed to form a seal on the inside of the rim so that air and tire sealant can’t seep out the spoke holes or rim seams. Pay careful attention to ensure you buy the rim tape width that matches the internal width of your wheels. 

TUBELESS VALVES

Tubeless valves look similar and function just like regular valves on an inner tube. Only the air you pump through this valve will go straight into the tire.

SHOP ALL TUBELESS VALVES

TUBELESS SEALANT

Sealant is used inside the tire to fill in any remaining areas where air might seep out. It is a liquid and when the wheels roll it will constantly move to coat the inside of the tire and rim.

Sealant needs to be added periodically for a tubeless system to perform at its best—usually every 3-4 months, more often if the bike is stored somewhere hot and dry. Also, if you experience lots of punctures that cause the sealant to spray out as it reseals, you will need to top off the sealant. Check the back of the sealant containers to see how much is required for your tires.