Tubeless is slowing gaining in popularity and to meet this growing demand UK company Muc-Off has expanded its range of tubeless products from the sealant and valves it launched about a year ago.
The company has identified three clear steps involved with going tubeless - prepare, inflate and maintain - and developed products for each stage.
“The tubeless revolution has well and truly arrived, and we’re stoked to be at the forefront, creating user-friendly solutions to help all types of cyclists make the switch or maintain their tubeless setup,” said Alex Trimnell, Muc-Off CEO.
For preparation, it has developed a Glue and Sealant Remover (£7.99). It’s designed to remove sealant residue from inside rims before fitting rim tape and is handy if you’ve ever had to deal with the sticky gloopy mess left over by a tubeless install. It’s claimed to be safe on most metal, plastic and carbon surfaces.
It now offers a Tubeless Rim Tape (£14.99) made from the company’s “proprietary performance material with a pressure-sensitive adhesive” which helps to create an airtight seal. It’s semi-transparent so you can easily locate the valve hole and comes with four seal patches, just in case. Comes in 10 and 50m rolls and six widths.
Then there’s the Ultimate Tubeless Setup Kit (£40) which includes everything you need to go tubeless, with the exception of the tyres. Each Kit contains a Muc-Off Tubeless Rim Tape, Seal Patches, 2 CNC-machined black tubeless Valves and 2 pouches of No Puncture Hassle Tubeless Sealant. There are road/gravel/cx, and XC and DH mountain bike versions.
The inflation part of the tubeless process is met by the company’s new CO2 Inflator Kit (from £24.99). Coming in 25g cartridge size for MTB and 16g for road inflating tyres up to 30psi and 100psi from flat respectively. Each kit contains 2x cartridges, 1x compact and durable CNC-machined inflator head with soft-touch press down button which easily controls CO2 release.
Once you’ve successfully installed your tubeless tyres, it’s just a simple case of maintaining them. Maintain what you might be asking? Punctures are one concern, and here Muc-Off has developed Puncture Plug Repair Kit (£12.99) and B.A.M! (Bottled-Air-Magic) costing £14.99. The latter simultaneously injects air and latex foam into a flat tyre to inflate and plug the hole. It can be strapped to the frame and is capable of sealing up to a 4mm sized hole.
The Puncture Plug Repair Kit is a 2-in-1 puncture plug and reamer tool for stuffing plugs into holes in the tyre. You get five thick and five thin plugs all packed in a handy storage pouch.
The last new product is the Essentials Case (£15), a heavy-duty rubber-encased zip pull case to keep things like your smartphone, money, tools, CO2 cartridge, tyre levers and tubeless repair kit.
More info at https://muc-off.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.