Considering that using a tubeless setup is getting more popular every racing season, I would have thought it would be pretty straightforward to get my wheels converted over to my preferred set of tires.
I’m using my local bike shop (Earl’s) to do the work because:
- They do a lot of tubeless conversions on mountain bikes
- I like to keep as much money local as I can
That being said, they’re making it a little more challenging than I anticipated.
First off, they got in contact with Clement to get their input on going tubeless with their rubber. They don’t support it (which I knew), but reading an article over on CX Magazine led me to believe it could be done.
I also found this review which gave me a little pause, but I’m moving forward regardless. That review said the sealant came through pores in the sidewall, dripping onto his floor. I’m thinking he didn’t get to the point of trying to inflate the tires. I’ve seen Stan’s seal up pretty well once you’re able to get the tire seated and inflated.
Which, again, is the reason I’m going with my LBS to do this job. They have the experience and an air compressor to help get things done.
So what’s the challenge?
Somehow the Clement people convince the LBS people to get tubulars rather than clinchers.
A couple of problems with that.
First of all, the point of going tubeless (for me) is that I don’t have wheels for tubulars. Going tubeless with clinchers is the next best thing (and seemingly getting better all the time).
Second, what was the thinking of trying to get tubulars to work “tubeless” on clincher wheels?
I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one. I think the LBS gal was just confused.
At any rate, they’re going to get the clincher versions of the wheels (which I asked for originally), but it turns out their supplier doesn’t have any in stock. So they’re going to try getting some straight from Clement.
Never mind that I can find several places online myself where I can get these tires.
Ah well. There’s still plenty of time yet for me to get used to the new setup before racing starts in September. At least I hope there is by the time this all gets sorted.