How often do you change tubeless sealant?

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tnkn
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I've only recently jumped on the tubeless bandwagon, about 4 months back now.

How often do people go for a full clean out and re-application of sealant?

I've yet to have a puncture after 4 months with the same sealant but feel as though I might be pushing my luck now.

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Depends on the sealant/tire and temperatures you are riding on. I had Caffelatex dry within 15 days (30c temps) and Bontrager TRL stay liquid for 3 months (but changed it to test Caffelatex). If your tires can seal with simple floor pump it's easy to inspect if there is sealant remaining, I am saying simple floor pump because if you use a compressor to re seat them it might dry the sealant faster. There is also a kit from milkit that you can use to measure the sealant.

No need to worry since you can carry tubeless plugs if the sealant fails. They work fine.

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I use Stans Race, I generally will replace it every 4-6 months if I remember. I want to say I once went 8-9 months and I don't recall ever having an issue where I had completely dried out sealant.

If I get a big puncture or one that has problems sealing up, I'll pull the tire off and put a tube patch on the inside, which obviously will end up with fresh sealant. I also cary plugs in case of trouble sealing, larger punctures, etc.
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I've never replaced sealant. I just top up every 2-3 months.

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Thanks for the replies.

I'm using the standard Stans. Would you recommend race over the standard stuff?

What plugs do you guys use?

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The race stuff is supposed to be stickier and will seal faster but will also dry up faster.

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tnkn wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:13 pm
Thanks for the replies.

I'm using the standard Stans. Would you recommend race over the standard stuff?

What plugs do you guys use?
I had success with the small Genuine Innovations ones that come with the tool, but my suggestion would be to get different sizes since you need to use the correct one based on your puncture. Just make sure to get road specific ones because MTB ones tend to be too thick and use bigger insertion tool. I cut the MTB ones in half both ways but haven't tried them yet (not sure if cutting them compromises anything).

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tnkn wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:13 pm
Thanks for the replies.

I'm using the standard Stans. Would you recommend race over the standard stuff?

What plugs do you guys use?
Race is a little bit thicker. You can get away with using a little less of it, and it definately seals up a bit quicker. They say that it dries up a little quicker, but I've never had an issue with it drying up, so I couldn't say. Stan's also says that you can't inject it into a valve stem, but I haven't had an issue with that either.

As for plugs, I currently use the Genuine Innovations ones in the silver holder (Tubeless Tackle Kit). I've contemplated switching to Dynaplugs as it just seems like an easier system. I've had some ocasional issues getting plugs in with the GI system.
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Sounds like the Race sealant would be better with higher pressures. Will give that a go next time I get round to buying some new sealant.

Thanks for the pointing me towards the GI plugs. They look great!

Cheers.

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Use a nail in it to see if the sealant is fixing the puncture, if not change the sealant.! :beerchug:
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On the mtb i top it up once i can't hear sealant sloshing around. I usually only get the chance to do it once before the tyre is shot.
Usually pop in about 30 ml, just to get a puddle in the tyre, as even when it doesn't slosh, there is usually a good coating on the inside.

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I use Orange Seal Endurance and while many will probably scoff at the following due to cost, I opted to install Milkit tubeless vales and also purchased the injector which doubles as a means of checking sealant level and fluidity. A warning for those who don't always read the instructions to the end, Milkit introduced the injector when the company only marketed vales for MTB and failure to first lower tire pressure to below 30 psi (< 2 bar), will end up with most of your sealant coating the walls and ceiling of your work space. :oops:
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Me too (2 years) and never topped it off. A good initial seal should hold well but my time on that mtn. bike in two years is about 100 hours.
AJS914 wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:13 pm
I've never replaced sealant. I just top up every 2-3 months.

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I've never changed sealant on either my CX or mountain bikes. I'll just top it off, when needed. I may remove some excess, if it's formed a ball, or isn't a uniform thickness around the tire, but that's rare (especially on my CX bike).
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