Ghetto Tubeless follow up…3 years later!

A few years ago we did a video showing how we converted standard tires and rims to tubeless, or some might call it “Ghetto Tubeless.” Since then I’ve converted a number of my bicycles to this tire system. One of them was my downhill bike, the Airborne Taka.  I had raced 2011 and part of 2012 with the ghetto tubeless and never had I flatted during those events. In fact, I had never flatted with the Ghetto Tubeless with the Airborne Taka.

Fast forward 3 years later, I’ve maintained the ghetto tubeless on the Taka and found myself at Snow Summit Adventure Park in Big Bear, Ca. This was actually my 2nd trip up there with the Taka with this tire system.

During our second run through the trails I distinctly remember my rear tire hitting hard against a sharp rock. I recall hearing the “DING” on the rim. Sure enough, I had a flat…or so I thought.

Here I am trying to pump the tire back up. I was planning on changing to a tube, but the Taka has bolts on the rear wheel and I didn’t bring a wrench. So I sat there pumping and pumping in hopes the Stan’s Sealant would start to work its magic. I kept hearing air hissing out of the tire, but I kept at it.

Eventually the sealant found its way to the leak and did it’s job by patching the hole from the inside out. You can see where this occurred on this photo. From the looks of it, I had “burped” the tubeless. This is means the tire broke apart from the bead and the seal came apart, causing air to come out. Lucky for me the tire resealed it self and within 10-15 minutes I was back on the trail!

This was taken 4 complete runs after I had initially flatted.

If I may add, Lady P was riding the KHS Lucky 7 with the same Ghetto Tubeless system on the tires. No flats that day!

So why do I keep my DH bikes (Taka and Lucky 7) with Ghetto Tubeless? Couple of reasons, for one you saw that its self sealing in most situations. Secondly, I like to run my tires at low pressure when riding downhill. Low means 27-32psi on the tires. This allows me better control and grip on some of the terrain that SoCal dirt has to offer. Not all my bikes have tubeless, but for my DH bikes, it’s something I make sure they have installed for situations like the one above

Sneak peak of the 2011 Jerseys

This Labor Day Weekend, we busted out the new jerseys for 2011 during a few rides. The photos below are from a DH session in a super secret location.

Here’s the rear of the jersey.

A frontal view of the jersey (RL and Joe) with the KHS Lucky 7. By the way, you know that ghetto tubeless video I made, well it’s applicable to DH/FR bikes. The Lucky 7 has it currently set up and it worked just great on the trail.

KHS Lucky7 Specs posted

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New Design AL6061, 4-bar Horst bearing linkage, 7.3″ travel
Rear Shock FOX Van R, rebound adjust
Fork Marzocchi 66RCV, 180mm, rebound & compression adjust
Headset Cane Creek Pig, 1-1/8″ Threadless
Rims WTB Dual Duty FR, Doublewall
Hubs Front: Formula Disc, Sealed Bearing, 20mm through axle
Rear: Cassette 12mm x 150mm
Tires John Tomac Nevegal 26×2.5, Kevlar bead
Spokes 14G black, 32°
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Sram X-7
Shifters SRAM X-7 Trigger
Chain KMC Z9000
Crankset Truvativ Hussefelt w/guard, 36/24t, 175mm
Bottom Bracket Truvativ Howitzer outboard bearing splined
Cassette Shimano HG50, 11-34 9-Speed
Pedals Alloy platform w/crmo axles & replaceable pins
Seatpost Truvativ XR
Saddle WTB Pure V Comp
Handlebar Truvativ Hussefelt, 31.8
Stem Truvativ Hussefelt, 50mm
Grips WTB WeirWolf dual density
Brake Levers Hayes Stroker Trail
Brakes Hayes Stroker Trail, 8″ rotors
Color Red
Frame Size S, M, L

Found HERE