Tried and Tested – Peatys Sealant, Valves and Rim Tape

Peaty's Products - Tubeless Sealant
Peaty’s Products – Tubeless Sealant

My local trails are littered with black thorns and since “going tubeless” around 3 years ago I haven’t look back. I have been using what was up until this weekend the industry standard and the team at Peatys wanted to put a stop to it so sent me a complete set up to install and review.

I’ve been sitting on these goodies from Peatys for a few weeks now, waiting for my new bike to arrive and being a tubeless convert for a number of years, I wasn’t going to risk a ride without these installed.

Peaty's Products - Fitted
Peaty’s Products – Fitted

The quality of the product and the now instantly recognisable branding is the first thing that stands out. The rim tape is strong and sticky, the sealant glistens in the sun and the valves are a sight to behold when standing erect and proud from your rim. (Make your own jokes up, if I missed any.)

I installed the tape on my Marin San Quentin 3 stock wheels,  with tubeless compatible 29mm rims. Applying the Rim Job was a pretty standard task especially as these are new wheels, so there was no grime or anything that required cleaning first. So starting a few inches past the valve hole, go once around and over lap by the same few inches.

Peaty's Products - Rim Tape and Valve - Details
Peaty’s Products – Rim Tape and Valve – Details

The tape is super sticky but you can lift it and straighten as you go if you go off line a little – which I did plenty as the spoke holes are off centered in the rim and my fingers kept assuming they were in the middle. Doh!

The 30mm wide tape is perfect for these 29mm rims and a roll comes in 9 meters which should be enough to do 4 wheels.

The 40mm tall Tubeless Valves are really solid and look really cool with the little Peatys logo on them – even on the inside!

My Schwalbe Magic Mary tyres seated quite easily and after a bit of a spillage I successfully managed to squeeze the required amount of Tubeless Sealant in the tyres.

Using my trusty Airshot and Topeak Joe Blow track pump, the tyres pinged into place with ease.

Peaty's Products - Rim Tape, Sealant and Valves
Peaty’s Products – Rim Tape, Sealant and Valves

One 25km ride and an over night standing later and the tyres are still inflated so I would say that’s a job well done.  I’ll do an update after a few weeks/months to see how the sealant is holding up.

Thanks again to Peatys Products for sending me these to install/test.

Peatys Products also include lube and bike cleaning foam and are available in many stores or online.

Is one of these your LBS ?   https://peatys.co.uk/stockists

 

Peatys Enter the Tubeless Battlefield, with sealant, valves and rim tape

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I might be wrong but I think the Tubeless revolution started with Stans No Tubes. We’ve all used it and all probably sworn by it.

But there are a bunch of new challengers on this battlefield. And one who you can’t argue with, or he’ll probably set Rob Warner on you is Peaty / Peatys.

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I think it started with the Loam Foam, bike cleaner.

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Quickly followed by some merch by way of caps and T Shirts.

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But most recently its a full set up of tubeless gear – sealant, valves and now rim tape.

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I’ve been very lucky and been sent a complete set so i can fix up my new bike in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for a review, more pictures and a video!

Airshot – Review

AirShot Tyre Inflator
AirShot Tyre Inflator

Not sure how to review this extremely simple but effective device but here goes.

AirShot has been developed to help you with the inflation of tubeless tyres. I have steered away from tubeless as I didn’t really understand the benefits for starters but also there was a concern that I wouldn’t be able to get sufficient tyre pressure, without a compressor.

You “fill” the AirShot with a normal track pump – pumping to a max of 11 bar or 160 psi.

This effectively results in your having your own little canister of compressed air.

Now connect to either Presta or Schraeder valves (it works with both) on your wheel/tyre and release the valve.

The compressed air rushes out far quicker than you can pump enough pressure by hand to snap the tyre into place.

And that’s it! It really is that simple! It has been a God send for me as I had a tubeless nightmare seating tyres this week (long story).

Go get one now!

RTFM and Don’t Panic

STANS No Tubes / Airshot
STANS No Tubes / Airshot

Yes, read the manual (or talk to the bike/rim manufacturer), do some research and don’t be hasty and go out and buy what you think is the right equipment for your tubeless set up!

My woes yesterday have been settled – just about. Here is a short list of my mistakes and poor assumptions:

  1. I didn’t need the Stans Tubeless kit
  2. I just needed some tape and valves
  3. Rim strips are for converting rims, not for tubeless ready rims
  4. My tyres were NEVER going to seat with the rim strip!
  5. The Stans tape in the kit wasn’t wide enough
  6. A valve from an old inner tube is not the best valve to use
  7. The wheel wasn’t cracked or broken

I learned today a little about wheel technology and how different wheels are made and that small fissures are possible when the rim is cold joined rather than welded.

Wider tape should have sorted this out and Tubeless Round 2 will begin tomorrow.

WTB TCS
WTB Tubeless Compatible System

The only thing I got right on my shopping list was the Airshot tyre inflator – thats a great piece of kit and here’s my review of it..

EDIT – After a puncture and burp free day of uplifting at BikePark Wales at the weekend my tubeless efforts paid off.

Puncture Pixies

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It happens to us all. It’s annoying. It’s frustrating. It causes unnecessary pre ride faffing. And most of all its a mystery…

Why is it that after a day on the bike or a long ride home from work the bike is fine, the tyres are firm – but after a night in the shed there’s a flat?

Puncture pixies!

It’s not a slow puncture, don’t let anyone tell you that you got a puncture towards the end of your ride and it went down over night.

Don’t believe them. The puncture pixies are everywhere. At night when you are sleeping, the manufactures of inner tubes, puncture repair patches and the suppliers of that tubeless mucky gunk send out squadrons of little guys armed to the teeth with all the weapons required to sabotage your ride.

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In an attempt to sell more tubes, patches and gunk these manufacturers send out the Puncture Pixies to do their evil work.

See the photographic evidence above. I have now plugged all the holes in my shed, reduced the gap under the door and made the bike shed pixie proof!

Sorry I may have gone a bit mad after spending half my Saturday in IKEA.