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post #1 of 6 Old 11-24-2008, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-24-2008, 09:46 PM
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You can use a tubeless tire with a tube on the KLR if that's what you are asking.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-24-2008, 10:34 PM
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Yankees6161 Daddyjoe on this forum was trying a tubeless set up on his spoked wheels. I'm not how it is working. You could drop him aline and see how it is doing.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-25-2008, 04:29 PM
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Technically a spoked rim can not be used without a tube. There have been some whisperings about spoked tire that can be used like a mag wheel because the spokes don't penetrate the rim.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-26-2008, 01:40 AM
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On the forum there are several post on the Australian threads of people converting spoked rims to tubeless. It involves using a sealant in the channel the spoke nipples are in. There is also a semi tubeless system available from Nuetech called the tubliss system. It's not yet available for 17" rims yet but it's supposed to be available this spring.

Using a "tube rated, tubeless tire" on a spoked rim has a safety advantage. The tubeless style tire clings much more tightly to the rim than a tube type tire does. With a flat or blowout the tire is much more likely to stay on the rim. Down side is it's harder to get the bead on and off the rim when its time to fix a flat.

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Here's a link to the Australian thread, scroll down to a picture of the rim that has been sealed.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-11-2008, 10:18 PM
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tubeless spokes...

I just came accross a product the other day that make it possible. it's a neat idea, whether it works as it should, who knows. be our 'guinea' ?

anyway, to describe it: imagine a tube that inflates and seals completely around the very inside of the rim, sealing off all spoke holes. It looks like a very low profile tube, which is just slightly wider than that center channel of the rim that houses the spoke nipples. its got some kind of seal along each outer edge.
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