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So I've been running kenda nevegals on my mtb. So far this year I've had 3 pinch flats. I'm running the right tire pressure for what I ride daily. I know bontrager makes a good kit I can use. Should I start running tubeless tires? I am talking with my local mechanic about what I can do to avoid more pinch flats? Can anyone recommend a great all mountain tire (tubeless of course)? Is there anything else I can do?
Yes, but do not use Bontrager's kit! That stuff makes a big mess and takes forever to seal. Get yourself the Stan's NoTubes kit with tape for your specific rim size. Even with non-UST rims you can just put two layers of the tape on and it will work great. I've been running Stan's in my Azonic Outlaw rims with non-UST Minion tires and have never had an issue with popping the seal, even at pressures as low as 25psi.
I run Kenda Nevegal Sticky Rubber with Stans tubeless on my XC ride and swear by them. I will never use another tire for that. They've held up ride after ride and few little punctures seal right up
On my DH bike I am finding that when a DH tire fails, it is usually catastrophic and a little bit of goop will not save you anyways. My current setup there is a set of DH tubes in UST Maxis Highrollers on a Mavic UST rims. This was a temp fix after puncturing both my main and backup tubeless tires and still wanting to ride, but at the moment working well and haven't flatted it yet. I have to run slightly higher pressure but still well within the range of what works for the riding.
Again the advantages on XC are great and makes for an amazing combination, DH has it's pros and cons.
I wouldn't go out of my way to swap out a current setup just for the sake of doing it, but if you are already needing to change out tubes or rims go for it
The main reason I'm making the switch is because I'm getting stranded 10 miles out on the trails and have to hike all the way back. This last time the rim bent from getting the rest of the down hill line I was already on. So it's time to switch. I'm going to try this stans thing I'm hearing about.
I run tubes on my trail bike. I tip the scales at 190 lbs and am usually running right around 28-30 psi in the rear with 2.25" Maxxis ADvantage tires. I have yet to have them fail with a pinch flat since changing to quality tubes.
I actually just had my first flat two weeks ago after two years of riding 3-4x a week. The failure occurred at the valve stem, not a pinch. Before I started buying quality tubes I went with the cheapest that were offered, and I was pinching, despite running much higher pressures.
i always have a spare so i've yet to be stranded but my hand pump blows (i hear co2 is nice tho). but yeah 10 miles out could suck
i never paid much attention to the quality of tube just picked up what was available at the lbs and went on, patch when needed. what frustrated me was not having a single flat for 3-4 years and then having one a week for three weeks straight so am really considering the change
my hand pump takes forever to fill a tube. after pumping forever i usually can only get it to about 15 psi and then give up to pedal out cautiously to my real pump. i thought co2 was supposed to fill quicker but i could be wrong.
but i agree, a mini-pump should be the more fail-safe solution. maybe mine's just a piece of shit. i also havent ruled out operator error