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  • Converting Velocity A23 rims to tubeless

    Please note: this article is now mostly out of date as it refers to the old, pre-tubeless-ready A23 rims. The new A23 rims feature a modified, "tubeless ready" rim profile; the tyre sits up on a shelf around the edge of the rim. These should work better with proper tubeless tyres. See also the Pacenti SL23, another tubeless-ready rim, much stronger and better finished than the A23.

    Cyclocross tyres

    We fitted a Hutchinson Piranha (tubeless ready) with just the NoTubes yellow tape and a 44mm Universal valve stem. The tyre was pretty tight and needed careful use (not damaging the yellow tape) of tyre levers to get the tyre on. It inlated immediately using a standard track pump.

    Then we tried a standard Maxxis Raze 700x33C. It went on very easily, too easily in fact with just the yellow tape, and burped easily. We fitted the Cyclocross rimstrip and it inflated a lot easier, either with some vigorous pumping from a normal track pump, or very easily with a compressor. In use it may need a layer of 17mm Velox tape under the rimstrip; we'll find out soon and add to this page.

    Road Tubeless

    To be confirmed, but since the Hutchinson cyclocross tyre inflated easily, the road tubeless tyres should too using just the yellow tape and 44mm valve stem. You'll need 2 layers of yellow tape to withstand the high pressure or it may pop through the spoke holes.

    Tyre pressure warning

    We've said this before but it's worth emphasising. Do not try and convert standard tyres to road tubeless; only use proper road tubeless tyres. If you want to run your cyclocross tyres over 40psi do not convert standard tyres. Normal tyres will be at risk of popping off the rim at over 40 psi. Over 50psi it's almost guaranteed to fail. The bead on road tubeless tyres is much stronger than on a standard kevlar tyre.

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