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Mountain bike tyres face a tough life and, considering the plethora of technological developments in the sport, it’s perplexing that something as trivial as a flat tyre is still an issue.
Riders rightfully demand relatively lightweight, fast-rolling and supple mountain bike tyres , but they also want to ride over rocks without flatting. These desires are not easily compatible. Even when using downhill-casing tyres weighing well over a kilo, punctures are still a fact of life for many.
Tubeless tyre inserts have increased in popularity and, depending on your style of riding, could be a worthwhile proposition if you’re regularly flatting and are worried about damaging your rim or tyre.
Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of running a tubeless tyre insert. Why should you consider running a tyre insert?
Tyre inserts act as a barrier between the tyre and rim, and offer some distinct advantages. Firstly, you can afford to run your tyres at a slightly lower pressure on your mountain bike without having to worry about about pinch punctures, given there is no inner tube to pinch and the insert provides further stability against the tyre.
On the subject of the sidewall, tyre inserts increase their stability because they provide further support and reduce deflection. Tyre sidewalls can move or even fold when […]