If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a new Genesis Croix de Fer, Fugio, Vagabond or Longitude, you’re just one step away from going tubeless – you’d be mad not to!

These models are all equipped with tubeless ready rims and tyres – and you’ll find tubeless valves in the small parts box that comes with every new Genesis.

 

All you’ll need to do is remove the tubes, install the valves and add sealant. Your local dealer will be able to do this for you when you buy your bike, so it’s setup and ready to ride straight away.

But what are the key benefits of going tubeless for gravel riding, and why will you never go back to inner tubes again? Here are the reasons that we’ve equipped these bikes tubeless ready.

 

Puncture-proofing
If you’re riding off road using inner tubes, then you’re going to get a lot of punctures. From thorns, or tiny sharp stones, to impact punctures where the tube gets pinched between the rim and the tyre.

Sealant inside the tubeless tyre will eradicate all of these small punctures. And, because there is no inner tube to pinch, impact punctures will be vastly reduced as well. Just remember that you still need to run enough tyre pressure to avoid hitting the rim, because if you dent the rim, it will reduce the effectiveness of the seal with the tyre.

Fixing punctures becomes easier, too
We’ve all been there – when getting a puncture means pulling a filthy muddy tyre off the rim to replace an inner tube and then wrestling it back into place again, before continuing the ride with filthy hands that you tried to clean off using water from a puddle and leaves that you hoped weren’t stinging nettles.

If you’re running tubeless, the chances of this happening are far, far less. Usually your sealant will deal with small punctures – but if you do have a bigger hole, then there are ways to fix the problem on the trail, without a big mess.

 

Using a Dynaplug is a quick and simple way to keep moving. Simply insert the tool into the tyre and pull it out, leaving the plug to seal the big hole and the sealant to take care of any gaps around the edges. They come in two sizes as well, and can even be used in combination to fix almost any puncture!

Of course, you can get really unlucky and tear a tyre – but this would happen with an inner tube anyway. At this point you’re going to need to resort to ‘booting’ the tyre with a food wrapper and Gorilla tape, before heading gingerly home and replacing the tyre.

 

More grip

Getting rid of the inner tube will give you better grip for two reasons. First, there’s less material around the tyre, so it will deform more when you go over rough terrain.

Second, you can run lower pressures. Because there is no inner tube to pinch, you can drop around 5psi from your regular pressure and gain extra grip.

 

And more speed, too!
So you’ll be going faster around muddy corners because you have more grip and more confidence in your tyres… but did you know that there’s probably even more free speed?

Various tests are now showing that the rougher a surface gets, the faster it is to have a lower tyre pressure.

On a perfectly smooth surface, harder tyre pressures are still king. But when was a UK road ever smooth? And when was the last time you did a ride that involved no off-road sections?!

The rougher things get, the more that low tyre pressures make sense. With the tyre conforming to the trail, taking out those harsh vibrations and keeping you moving forward, faster.

How low can you go? You need to experiment based on your bike, your tyres, the terrain and your weight – including any bikepacking gear that may be strapped to your frame.

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