Hey, whats the big deal with tubless? I know SMT always talks about it like its amazing, but what are the benefits? Also, for this christmas I might decide to go tubeless, what sort of setup should I look into?
the biggest benefit to running tubeless is that you won't have issues with little things like thorns and goatheads, or my personal worst enemy the pinch flat. what you might have a problem with is sidewall cuts or BIG punctures. i run tubeless but carry two tubes with me in case of stuff like this weekend. i got a LARGE puncture from a very sharp root on Friday while hammering down SJT, and today i got a sidewall cut from a very sharp rock at the bottom of a drop near the bottom of The Luge. you can also have issues with "burping" if you ride really agressively through harsh terrain with low pressure (the tires become more resistant to burping with higher pressures).
if you get UST rims you can always just put a tube in them. UST rims are usually stronger than regular rims due to the rim integrity added from the nipple drilling process.
Mavic 823 UST rims. For tires, I like Maxxis, I know SMT likes his Michies and maybe Hutchinson. Stans is a must. So low maintanence. I run DeeMax wheelset but all you need is the 823s you don't even need new hubs.
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