Mountain bike tires are always looking for ways to leak air. Depending on where and how you ride, flat tires can be caused in a number of different ways. The good news is once you figure out why you’re flatting, you can make adjustments so (hopefully) it doesn’t happen as often.
Mountain Bikers: How Do You Get Flat Tires? [Survey]
Mountain bike tires are always looking for ways to leak air.
Used to have regular pinch flats, no flats at all so far after going tubeless!
Pinch flats are a rarity, trials teaches the fine art of being light and proper inflation for the skill of rider.
Over the last 30 years, I have had no pinch flats but cactus thorns, those bastards! Goat heads occasionally. Cannot remember the last rim taco I was served…
Now I have Jinxed it!!
Dammit, Jeff, now you’ve really done it!
I do have a wheelset done tubeless and my pithy little dirt ripper wears tubes for the 5 minute tire swap that is a must.
Frankly, my patch kit will have dried rubber cement by the time I really need it. :/
I haven’t had an actual flat in a couple of years now. I’ve been riding tubeless for maybe 4 years. I got a couple of burps in the beginning, trying to figure out the lowest tire pressures I could run. Once I got that figured out, it’s been smooth sailing except for one front tire sidewall slash that ended very ugly.
I ride hard and over a multitude of conditions and only occasionally lose some pressure between rides.
Sidewall slashes. I consider punctures to be small holes, that the sealant usually fixes. Sidewall slashes (usually from a sharp rock) are a catastrophe . We have to stop, put in a tube, pump it up, then pray that the bill we put over the slash prevents the tube from being cut.
I have found the Stan’s Darts to be very helpful