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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:08 am 

Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2004 7:35 pm
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Location: Middle of nowhere, EU
I use tubeless setups for winter nowadays (Hutchinson and Schwalbe tires). No punctures for the last two seasons with the exception of hitting a pothole hard and ripping up a major gash in the tire. If you have trouble with a tire being too tight you van either stretch them by hand, mount them for a while on another wheelset or heat them making them more supple (for example in a tumbler). I use veloflex in the summer and they are very supple to mount compared to many other brands in my experience.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:33 pm 

Joined: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:36 am
Posts: 170
The road tubeless sounds like a good idea for bulk winter training miles. Run low pressure for frost-heaves and pot holes, self-seal punctures, and still have potential to mount a tube if you must. My only concern would be that last part: mounting a tube.

Frigid winter temperatures lashing your bare hands while trying to wrangle a carbon-beaded tire is enough to make me consider trying the kevlar-beaded Bontrager tubeless variants. I have yet to hear any horror stories, and I've read quite a few reports that they hit their rated widths and then some.

Obviously, this is only an option if the OP decides to swap his wheels after all.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:20 pm 

Joined: Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:17 pm
Posts: 103
Why spend all this money on a great frame and then attach cheap tires???

I know ... it's a rhetorical question. :roll:

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