Tubeless Tyres Installation

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Tubeless Tyres Installation

Postby stamponham » Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:03 pm

Hi All,

I recently bought a conversion kit from Trek for my Bontrager Mustang 29" MTB wheels. The set up seemed quite easy on the instructional video, especially where the demo man beaded the tyre with a floor pump! Since reading the forums and having lots of difficulty beading the tyre I have been informed that you need an air compressor to bead the tyre. The service station air compressors are those digital one which are just terrible and dont really have an affect...

So my question is does anyone have any experience with this? I have used soapy water etc but no luck...

Thinking of just putting tubes in again and learning a $100 lesson.

Any help would be appreciated,



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Re: Tubeless Tyres Installation

Postby Chef » Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:37 pm


I have always managed with a floor pump, but a co2 inflator might be good for a high pressure 'blast' to help set the tyre?


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Re: Tubeless Tyres Installation

Postby trailgumby » Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:02 pm

Yep, servo compressors suck but they *can* work with plenty of soap and water.

I use a compressor too, although Stans rims and UST rims will inflate with a track pump with a little care with bead placement.

Bontrager rim strips are the shiz for non-tubeless rims IMO, as they mimic the UST rim profile. I much prefer them over Stans rubber rim strips, which suck worse than Tapatalk.

Failing that, you can try the ghetto inflator which I am reliably informed works really well. I'll probably make one to take with me to races. ... al-cost-9p



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Re: Tubeless Tyres Installation

Postby mitzikatzi » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:12 pm

What you need is an "air tank" at about 40psi.
You can buy "air tanks"
A car tyre ( air tank) and the end off a track pump and a couple of air fittings could be used to inflate your bike tyre.

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Re: Tubeless Tyres Installation

Postby richbee » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:11 pm

I get mine beaded and inflated using just soap & water and a track pump. Never used CO2.
But I am running tubeless specific rims

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Re: Tubeless Tyres Installation

Postby ProCelebrityGolf » Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:36 pm

this was discussed recently on this forum -

broad comments:

- individuals experience will differ depending on which rim and tyre combination they used
- some tyres will be very difficult/impossible to mount on the rim (ie. very tight to get on)
- some typres will be very difficult to get to seat properly regardless of pump vs compressor
- tubeless tyres and UST tyres are not the same thing
- individuals experience using sealant liquid will differ
- some sealants specifically say NOT to use CO2 canisters to inflate them

the best advice for you will come from someone who is using exactly the same set-up as you are - ie same rims, rim-strip, tyres, etc. there are just so many other variables that come into play when you talk about tubeless tyres in general.

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Re: Tubeless Tyres Installation

Postby ctguru » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:50 am

I use a compressor and Schwable tyre mounting fluis (can't remember what its called)

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Re: Tubeless Tyres Installation

Postby stamponham » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:03 pm

Thanks all for the suggestions...will give it another go shortly!

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