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Tech Q&A | Tubeless road tech, tyre inserts and 3D printing

Tech Q&A | Tubeless road tech, tyre inserts and 3D printing

Another episode of our Tech Q&A series has arrived and this week senior technical editor Warren Rossiter and technical writer Oscar Huckle, making his BikeRadar…

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Another episode of our Tech Q&A series has arrived and this week senior technical editor Warren Rossiter and technical writer Oscar Huckle, making his BikeRadar podcast debut, are here to answer your questions.

With technical editor Tom Marvin as your host, Warren and Oscar warn against converting clincher wheels to tubeless and discuss the merits of tubeless road tyres .

Oscar weighs up whether tubeless tyre inserts are necessary for cross-country mountain bike racing before Warren predicts the rise of 3D printing, but not for bespoke components nor frames.

The trio also reveal what they take on short and long rides alike, or in Tom’s case, get riding pals to carry for him.

Listen to the full episode below – or read on for a summary of Tom, Warren and Oscar’s answers. Is it unsafe to convert clincher wheels to tubeless using two layers of tubeless rim tape?

Warren: “I would say absolutely not. Hookless or hooked rims are made that bit stronger to account for the extra forces from the tyre being pushed out to seal against the rim.

“But, I’ve been sceptical about the issue of tubeless compatibility since hookless rims came on the road. If a tyre is built to the exacting ETRTO standards defined in tyre sizing then they should work.“I’ve run a set of apparently non-compliant tyres on a set of tubeless rims for a year now and have had zero issues. They haven’t rolled off, burped or even lost any air.“I think some rims could take the extra […]

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