Going Tubeless on Road Tyres

Don't stop at the end of the tarmac climb. Keep riding. Take that little path that continues on where the tarmac ends. The bumpy bridlepath, which rises skywards. Ride longer. Be stronger.

The only problem with taking the road less-travelled, is punctures. Pinch-flats, thorns and flints become your worst enemy. Going tubeless with tyres, is something that I have been doing for quite a while; on mountain bikes.  It is an incredibly effective way of dramatically reducing flats. On my road bike though, I have traditionally remained reliant on inner tubes for inflation. With 2016 being my year for testing out new things though, I've made the change...

Tubeless tyres hold a number of advantages over their tubed counterparts.

First, there's the puncture prevention. You eliminate the chance of a pinch-flat - when you compress the tyre to such an extent that the bead of the tyre pinches the inner tube, causing snake-bite like cuts. You also eliminate the risk of tubes suddenly failing; which can occur around the valve, or after long periods of use. Finally, you can dramatically reduce the chance of cuts and thorns creating a flat, because the latex sealant within the tubeless system not only seals the tyre onto the rim, but also seals around intruding objects to keep the tyre air-tight.

Second, there's the grip and friction factor. Because of the eliminated risk of pinch-flats, you can run tubeless tyres at a lower pressure on rough roads. This means that they conform to the road surface far better, and therefore provide better traction and grip, as well as significantly more comfort. Getting rid of the inner tube also helps to reduce friction, as there is no internal friction between the tyre and the tube, which results in lost energy. The result of these two factors, is that a really good tubeless set-up can feel akin to a really good tubular set-up; with a feeling of comfort, grip and lower rolling resistance, which is almost impossible to get with tubed clincher systems.

Quite simply, tubeless tyres make a lot of sense. It is why they've been used on cars for such a long time. They make even more sense when you have challenging conditions, terrain and a high risk of punctures. So if you want to take the road less travelled, or you just live on rough UK roads, they could potentially be a major asset. I'm certainly converted!

My Tubeless Road set-up


  1. Stick to stans sealant., I've never had much luck with Hutchinson,but thin I think.

  2. Nice post. I was looking like this. Really it is very useful and informative post. Thanks for sharing. Thanks again!Mountain Biking

  3. Hi, Thanks for your great post, there are much nice information that I am sure a huge number of guys and gals don’t know.tubeless road wheels

  4. A long list of positive for tubeless tires . Thanks Tim . But what about the negatives ? What could go wrong with tubeless tires ?
    Some of them are pricey and my budget is limited .
    Just making sure it's the right investment for me .

    1. The main headache is that the tubeless tyres do not mount up or seal effectively


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