The term tubeless ready is sometimes open to interpretation. For some wheel-and-tire combo’s, converting to tubeless is as simple as installing the proper valves, adding some sealant, and then airing up the tires. Most of the time, however, the process is a bit more involved. In addition to the aforementioned valves and sealant, tubeless-ready wheels usually require special tape or rim strips (and sometimes, both) to make the rim air tight and provide the proper tire/rim interface. Gathering up the necessary bits and pieces can often be time consuming and expensive, but Genuine Innovations eliminates the hassle with their new Tubeless Ready Kit.
To help insure that your tubeless conversion goes smoothly, the Tubeless Ready Kit includes the following items:
- Slime Pro tubeless sealant (8oz, enough for 4 tires)
- Gorilla Tape (1 roll, enough for 4 rims)
- Genuine Innovations Microflate CO² inflator
- 20g CO² cartridges (2x)
- Removable-core Presta valve stems (2x)
- Presta valve adapter & core removal tool
Tire levers (2x)
Having used most of the Tubeless Ready Kit’s items in previous conversions, I was already familiar with their use and performance. The Slime Pro sealant has proven effective in Colorado’s semi-arid climate without requiring frequent refilling or topping off. Gorilla Tape’s 26mm-wide tape is compatible with most popular rims, and the tape’s increased thickness makes seating loose-fitting tires easier. And should you not be able to seat your tires with a floor pump, the 20g CO² cartridges offer enough air volume for all but the fattest tires.
At $60 (MSRP), the Genuine Innovations kit is on par with competitors’ bundles. Other kits, however, typically don’t include tire levers or CO² inflators and cartridges in their conversion kits, which makes the Genuine Innovations kit an outstanding bargain for the home mechanic.
Disclosure: Genuine Innovations provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.