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> Is ghetto any use for wheels that aren't used often?
Chris M
post Sep 26 2009, 03:17 PM
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I'd like to ghetto the new bike build.

But, it may not actually see a lot of use due to my location (HT will be used far more.)

Did I read somewhere that ghetto conversions need to be ridden frequently to keep the seal or am I way off track?

I'd also like to ghetto the HT but I do swap tyres in the Winter for some narrow mud jobbies. I have spare wheels for this, but will the set not in use for several months be Ok just sitting in the shed or am I better off sticking with tubes?

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Rod
post Sep 26 2009, 03:20 PM
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Stick with tubes mate.
The fluids use in Ghetto et al dry up over time and if you don't us 'em what's the point in having the cost of adding fluid every 3 or 4 months?


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post Sep 26 2009, 03:26 PM
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Use Geax or Bontrager sealant in little used setups. They are both the same stuff just rebranded for the different companies. I used it on my first ghetto conversion. It takes a little more effort to get it to seal at first but was still wet when the tyre wore out several years later. It costs a bit more than stans etc.


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Chris M
post Sep 26 2009, 08:02 PM
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Excellent, many thanks agree.gif

Doug, in your opinion, does the above provide a similar level of protection to the more conventional latex mixtures?


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post Sep 26 2009, 08:21 PM
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It does. It is a little thicker than latex based solutions, sort of a cross between latex and slime, so when used with normal tyres takes a bit more effort to get it to fully seal the tyre but once fitted it's just as good as latex. The downside is that swapping tyres gets expensive but if you know you will keep the same set on until they wear out it becomes cost effective.


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Chris M
post Sep 27 2009, 06:03 AM
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Many thanks agree.gif


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post Sep 27 2009, 08:56 AM
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Also 'tubeless ready' tyres don't leak air over long periods like more porous walled 'standard' tyres but are still lighter than UST.


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Chris M
post Sep 27 2009, 03:31 PM
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That's handy to know, thank you smile.gif


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post Sep 29 2009, 10:07 PM
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QUOTE(Gareth @ Sep 27 2009, 09:56 AM) *
Also 'tubeless ready' tyres don't leak air over long periods like more porous walled 'standard' tyres but are still lighter than UST.

Maybe a bit too light :-(

I've been running Specialised Eskar Control 2Bliss for a while now, but have found over time that on this particular brand of tubeless tyre that the sidewalls aren't too strong. I've ripped the sidewall on 2 front tyres now, the first one necessitated a replacement tyre, but the second is still going (just) with a tube as the tear means that I can't get a decent seal to run tubeless again, despite a couple of goes to seal it with the tubeless repair kit. I really like the tyre, and they seal quickly on fitting with zero hassle when run with ghetto, but I can't personally recommend the current Spesh 2Bliss because of the thin sidewalls. In the States, they are now offering Spesh 2Bliss with Armadillo reinforced sidewalls on the 2010 product range, but I can't find them in the UK yet - we can get the Armadillo over here, but not Armadillo 2Bliss so far as I can see. Once they come out over here, I'll get a pair.


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