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Old 01-15-2011, 10:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default C50 tube tires and spoke wheels

So, has anyone out there changed their wheels (rims) over to tubeless rims...my C50 is a 2005 and would like to do somethoing like this..


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yep, that have. can't say for sure who, but several.
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I am going to keep an eye on this thread and hope someone also posts some info on the cost involved. I wouldn't mind doing something like this too, but I can't justify it if it is too costly...
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Yep...changed over to marauder front and M50 rear wheel....back is staight switch and front only needed 2 spacers, longer bolts and 8 washer for caliper .....job done !
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C50C wheels are cast aluminum and can be ordered from any dealer, going price about $1000+ per set.
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C50C wheels are cast aluminum and can be ordered from any dealer, going price about $1000+ per set.
That's a little too pricey for me!!
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That's a little too pricey for me!!
FWIW: You can have the spoke'd wheels sealed, which would be a more affordable option for installing tubeless tires.
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FWIW: You can have the spoke'd wheels sealed, which would be a more affordable option for installing tubeless tires.
I've heard about that option... Does anyone have any experience with this??? Is it something that has to be redone periodically or will it last for a long time?
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A new Tire Tube and Wheel Band isn't that expensive in the grand scheme of things.
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I've heard about that option... Does anyone have any experience with this??? Is it something that has to be redone periodically or will it last for a long time?
That depends on how you do it....

Some guys *this is NOT a redneck joke* seal their spokes with silicone and wrap the rim in duct tape. Seems to work for them, not something I'm willing to trust my life to...

Having the spokes professionally sealed SHOULD be a permanent fix. Unless you develop spoke issues later down the road, you really should be good to go.

People make a lot of hay about tube-type tires being unsafe and will leave you stranded. Truth be told, I've ridden more than 100,000 miles in my lifetime and NEVER had any problem with tube-type tires.

The key is to inspect your tires REGULARLY. Not only check the pressure (when was the last time you did that?) but examine the tread and look for punctures or foreign objects. If you're hyper paranoid about flats, Slime has a tube-safe formula and sells a kit that will repair and inflate a motorcycle tire along the side of the road. Not a permanent fix, but one that will get you off the side of the road and to a garage where they can pull the wheel and either repair the tube or install a new one...

Really, it is a non-issue....
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