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Tubed or tubeless?

Postby Jabba » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:13 pm

I'm currently running my tyres with tubes. Mainly as it made it easier for me to put them together and fit them myself.

One of the tubes seems to have given up - not sure if it is the patch I've just fitted or the seam in the tube where the patch is as that also looked like it was starting to fail.

I don't generally drop my tyre pressures and if I do it wouldn't be by much which seems to remove one of the pros for using tubes.

I can either buy a new tube or go tubeless. Any suggestions/recommendations?

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Postby tecnick » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:02 pm

I always had problems with tubes, they seem to rub with all the off roading crud and get holes. I have had a lot less issues with tubeless.
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Postby Bo » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:06 pm

I run tubeless, for all the reasons Nick states plus if you get a nail in them they are easier to repair using a sticky string kit.
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Postby davew » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:11 pm

Tubes are OK if you want to run low pressures because they help keep the tyre on the rim but if you do run low pressures it's not unusual to get a puncture from the grit that gets past the bead and sits between the tyre and the tube.

I have used tubes in the past but run tubeless only now and just run at slightly higher pressures. As Bo says, being able to do a sticky string repair without having to take the wheel off the motor wins for me.

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Postby TwoSheds » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:53 pm

and tubeless are much safer at speed on the motorway... :-)

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Postby Jabba » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:30 pm

It's a 200 tdi 90. Speed is not an issue :(

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Tubes can blowout

Postby Zedman » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:34 pm

Tubes can blowout, think of a balloon, pop a pin in it and it pops, none tubed tyre goes down more slowly in most circumstances.

My preference is for tubless, apart from the above 30 years of using them has never given me a problem, even remember a GF running her mini with 3 nails in her tubless tyre for over a week they still went down slowly and even then allowed her to drive to the garage when we noticed the problem, with a tube you would have had a flat instantly.
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