Gear: Nuetech TUbliss Gen 2
No tubes, no pinch flats, no problem.
Since the dawn of dirt biking, riders have relied on inner tubes within their tires to keep them inflated enough to keep rolling. They are easy to pack, not too difficult to replace, and have passed the test of time.
However, once you've had a day where you have to replace a few, changed one in the blistering heat, or realized you didn't bring a spare...they can be a terrible burden. Tubes will also limit how low of a pressure you can run, robbing you of traction. Not to mention, the infamous pinch flat from hitting a rock at high speed.
Nuetech has found an excellent solution to this problem: TUbliss. Get it? It's tubeless!
This high-tech system utilizes a very small diameter bladder and an extremely tough diaphragm, which creates pressure to hold the tire to the rim. The bladder itself is the trick that makes this system work. It's small enough to sit inside of the rim, where it is safe from impact, which means absolutely no pinch flats. 100psi keeps enough pressure to hold the tire in place, but also seals the inner chamber of the tire off from the outside. This allows the user to run a tire pressure of 0psi if desired, without the tire coming off. This extremely flat tire situation creates an enormous contact patch, and allows for plenty of tire deflection. Both the bladder and the tire chamber each have their own valve stem, making it simple to adjust each one.
We installed the TUbliss Gen 2 with a set of Shinko tires sent over by the Nuetech team, which they claimed to be the best combo they've used to date.
When first opening the package and reading the installation instructions, the TUbliss upgrade seemed like a daunting task. Surprisingly, it was very easy to install by following the detailed instructions carefully, which included full color pictures that clearly showed what needed to be done each step of the way.
The first test of the TUbliss system was at the 2018 Desert 100 in Odessa, WA.
Upon arrival, it had already been raining, turning all of the surface into a slippery, muddy mess. Knowing that even more rain was in the forecast leading up to our Poker Run on Saturday, we were all a bit nervous about the traction situation.
I set my bladder pressure to 100psi on both tires, to ensure that the TUbliss system would work properly. My tire chamber pressure was dialed to 15psi in the front, and 5psi in the rear. We set out to ride just minutes after the rain stopped, after pouring half the day. The track was a slippery, rutty, muddy mess with tons of wet rocks. I was absolutely amazed that with the given conditions, the bike's front tire would still stand up with just a crack of the throttle. It was like velcro on the rear tire, and even after bashing into and bouncing over the sharp rocks hidden in the mud, I had zero issues with tire pressure the entire day.
The combo of TUbliss and Shinko tires is the best traction setup I have ever used!
The following day, we volunteered as pit crew for our friends that were racing. One of them came in after his first lap, and had a blown inner tube which we swapped for him. The following lap, he had the same issue and had to zip tie his tire on his rim to finish the 100 miles. If only he had TUbliss, that would have never been an issue. I guess I should have loaned him my wheelset.
The Shinkos were able to clear out the mud very well, and aren't showing much wear at all after our romp through the desert. I'll be sticking with this setup for quite a while.
Go tubeless with TUbliss by heading over to TUbliss.com $99.95 per wheel.