Blog: Tubeless

10 Oct 2015

Wheels for Ryan

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To cope with wet coastal winters I’m building a spirited road bike that takes fenders. These are the wheels I built for myself: White Industries T11 hubs laced to Stan’s Alpha 400 rims; Sapim D-Light spokes on the front and a blend of Sapim Race and Sapim Laser on the rear. 1518 grams total.

These wheels will run tubeless with Schwalbe One tires along with the full stack of Stan’s tape, valves and sealant. The cassette is Dura-Ace 9000 and the skewers are Dura-Ace 7900.

16 Feb 2015

Tire check every time

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Sometimes it’s the simplest things that get overlooked. When you’re mounting tires, are you checking the bead is seated evenly? All the way around? On both sides? Not pinching the tube?

If you care about true wheels, you should care about true tires. You should give this topic special consideration if you run premium tires with supple sidewalls (e.g. the great tires from Compass) and it’s mandatory to ensure your tires are well-seated for tubeless applications.

Last month I replaced a worn set of tubeless tires with fresh rubber and overlooked the bead not being seated evenly in one spot. I achieved a tubeless seal so surely everything was fine? No — over a span of a few centimetres I allowed the bead to fold under itself. It was immediately obvious that alignment was lost because a big wobble was visible when spinning the tire. I inspected it in the truing stand and the wheel was physically out of lateral true by over 2mm! I pulled the tire off and the wheel sprung back to fine form with runout less than 0.2mm (that’s also low spoke count wheels for you).

12 Jan 2015

Tubeless silver bullets

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Some people think Phil Wood for classic silver hubs. Save money and weight with White Industries!

This everyday wheelset mates classic-looking White Industries T11 hubs and Stan’s Alpha 400 rims. These rims build light wheels and offer the option of running tubeless or with tubes. With 28 DT Competition spokes per wheel and brass nipples, they’ll be rock solid for years.

28 Jun 2014

More road tubeless

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Apologies I’ve been blogging less and Instagramming more. See me on Instagram.

This is a set of wheels similar in many respects to a build blogged previously. The rims are the same but the weight is about 1% more at 1520 grams. That’s in spite of lighter hubs and eight fewer spokes, which goes to show counting grams is not the same as counting spokes. This build uses a mix of Sapim Race and Sapim Laser spokes to deliver the stiffness required.

These wheels will get two layers of Stan’s yellow tape and Stan’s road tubeless valve stems, which I sell. They’re getting the updated Schwalbe One tubeless rubber in a 25mm width. Very nice!