I did my first tubeless set up recently. Here’s my experience.
2 x Schwalbe Thunder Burts 2.1 (50mm) on Stan’s No Tube’s 25 mm rims for “CUSH” bike-packing on the Salsa Cutthroat. Went on like magic. Just as the inter-webs video’s suggest. They went on dry and held air with a simple floor pump! I removed the valve core and dumped 100mm of Stan’s sealant in there and boom…it held air for 2 weeks now. I was thinking of running out and buying a lottery ticket.
Then I had a second set of wheels for the Salsa !!! And thought hmmm…what should I put on these? Perhaps a “faster” set for gravel grinding??? Had a spare set of Clement MSO X’plor 40x700mm NON-Tubless tires !!! But, thought what the heck…I’m old school…what would Adam Poll do ???..what’s the worst that could happen?
Well first thing was I install the tires with the tread backwards. So, waited until the next morning to take them off and swap them around.
But, they didn’t hold air or the sealant too well. It was exploding out the gap between the tubeless wheels and non-tubeless tires. But, eventually…it sealed ??? It’s held air for two days now and I rode them today??? Superb !!!
I know…I know…should not match tubeless rims with non-tubeless tires. But…I have FOUR brand new MSO 40x700 non-tubeless tires…so thought I’d give it a shot at tubeless. And it seems to be holding well now at the end of the week.
Any way. As a loooooooooog time TUBULAR tire guy…tubeless is 10x easier than tubular. And soooo much nicer of a plush ride. And they SEAL instantly when you get a puncture!
My 2 cents.
Never be afraid to try out new things and break some rules.