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Foam Inserts for Tubeless Gravel Tyres, the Upgrade You Didn’t Know You Needed

This is where foam inserts for tubeless gravel tyres come into play, making them the best upgrade for your gravel bike you didn’t know you…

Wednesday, Jun 01

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This is where foam inserts for tubeless gravel tyres come into play, making them the best upgrade for your gravel bike you didn’t know you needed. The concept originally came from mountain biking downhill but gravel is a better use case. What’s the point?

If you ride tubeless already, you know the added benefits it provides. Running tyres at lower pressures improves speed, rolling resistance, traction, comfort, and reduces punctures. If you don’t run tubeless yet, chances are high your rim and tyres are already “tubeless ready”, so this addition may just push you to adopt both at once.

Gravel riding involves passages of rock fields, thick exposed tree roots and deep ruts caused by water runoff or the countless passages of other riders taking the same line. Riding at lower pressures means it’s easy to bottom out when you confront these and other obstacles at the wrong angle or accidentally.

What happens when you bottom out? You get a pinch flat which may damage your rim, rip the sidewall of those expensive gravel tyres you just bought or cause you to crash, hard. Foam inserts are here to solve some of these problems and take your tubeless setup, and you’re riding, to the next level. How do they work?

They aren’t your average pool noodle! Inserts are made of closed-cell foam, which is sturdier and stiffer than its softer, open-cell sibling. When you think of foam, open-cell is probably the one that comes to mind but it’s […]

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