Thursday, November 13, 2008

Road Tubeless Review

After a full summer of riding Stan's road tubeless system I'm pretty impressed. Rough and chipsealed roads feel almost as smooth as fresh blacktop and the tires are very grippy while cornering. I used to be a 6-7 flats a year type of guy and had to run 120lbs to avoid pinch flats but with this setup flats of any kind have been non-existent. Railroad tracks, huge potholes, no worries. I originally has these setup on a normal rim with spoke holes and I had some trouble sealing the spoke holes with the yellow tape but since I switched over to Ksyriums mid summer the setup had been bullet proof. They lose almost no air between rides. I would recommend this setup for anybody but if you have Ksyriums or a similar sealed rim it can't be beat.


UtRider said...

I've been meaning to try road tubeless. I have Ksyrium ES wheels and my wife has SL's. However, I've never used Hutchinson road tires before so was kinda waiting for Michelin or somebody else to release a tubeless tire.

I take it that you have nothing but good things to say about the Hutchinson road tubeless tire?

Andy H. said...

They've been excellent. My neighbor also has been running them all year w/o problems including LOTOJA and his are on normal rims. I've gotten so confident in the system I find myself not caring if I forget to bring my flat kit when I ride. I've heard mixed things about the normal Fusion 2 tires but the tubeless version is excellent IMO.