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Old 04-27-2011, 07:03 PM
crazy steve crazy steve is offline
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Difference Between Tube and Tubeless Wheels

Just a few quick pics to illustrate the actual differences between the tube and tubeless wheels...


The rear wheels are identical except for the holes for the 'bead locks'... tube wheel on the left.


.. but the fronts aren't; again, tube wheel on the left. Several things going on here; obviously, these are machined much different. The tube wheel has that odd curved recess for the tube, but more important, the sealing area at the edge is less than half the width of the tubeless wheel (.200" vs .410"). I know guys are running these wheels tubeless, but I'd personally be pretty hesitant to do that. Get a low tire and you could lose the bead seal...


But that's not the only differences; the tube wheel is a different casting, not just machined different. The tube wheel is on the right in this pic, and you can see that the rotor mount is the obvious difference, but what's less obvious is the tube wheel is a heavier casting; the thickness of the spoke webs is .050" thicker over the tubeless wheel. The tube wheel weighs almost a pound more.

You can convert the rear wheel to tubeless, look here: http://www.xs11.com/forum/showthread.php?t=35440
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