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Hello out there, hope everyone is safe wherever you are.
I have a MTB specific question. I want to take an older bike of mine and make it tubeless. I know that I will need tubeless compatible tires, rim tape, sealant and valve stems. The only thing I don't have is tubeless wheels. Is it trial and error to see if my non tubeless wheels will hold or not? Or should I start shopping around for a set of tubeless wheels? (I am also looking to go mullet with a 27.5 up front) I am looking for success / failure stories honestly. The type of riding for me is not extreme at any level but I learned that fixing a flat on the trail is more of a bummer than the road. The bike is a 26er with disk brakes and aluminum rims. Any advice would help out. Thanks for your time.
Hey there @Kevho!
Thanks for sparking this conversation in the Community!
I thought you might enjoy this article about tubeless conversion from our expert advice page!
Hey @Kevho thanks for reaching out. Sounds like a fun build! I currently run a full tubeless set up on my mountain bike, but I've had some experience in the past with conversion kits. It's definitely a great improvement in ride quality too. You can see an example here on Stan's No Tubes which also has a handy chart to help you match the correct kit to your existing rim width. I used this on an older bike to convert to tubeless (old Santa Cruz superlight). You'll need some type of kit like this to make your non-tubeless wheels compatible. You can also get the rim tape from us here stans rim tape
I will say- I was lucky and mine held quite well (they would loose a good amount of air over a couple days). You are correct that it is a bit hit and miss, even with conversion kits.
Hope this helps,