Maxxis 26″ 2.30 Shorty
Any good Maxxis dealer ( www.kustombikes.co.uk )
Maxxis released this tyre last year and I managed to get hold of some for myself. I forked out for these myself. They are pretty light and the block tread cuts through loose dirt and mud with no problems. They clear pretty quick too as the blocks are well spread out. They roll fairly well for a Mud type tyre. They aren’t as good as i hoped and at 40 notes they lack a good sidewall. These are only the 3c version but still a bit more sidewall protection would of been good as I did put a hole in the sidewall. It took nearly 30 min for the Tubeless sealant to seal the hole, but this could been down to the sealant being a bit shaken up. I also managed to pull both front and rear tyres off the rim. The Front was on a Downhill and may of been because I turned a bit hard. I’ll never quite know as it happened rather quick and resulted in me on the deck. The rear popped off as a hop over a small rock garden. This again could be due to running a “Ghetto” tubeless system but given that they have been run through rocks and all manner of surfaces was a bit annoying.
They have worn fairly well however and when the conditions are right they aren’t bad. Not brilliant but not bad either. The are aimed as a trail tyre so it will depend on where you ride. They aren’t really a hard pack tyre but cope ok. The other issue i have had is the blocks on the side of the tyre have started to split from the tyre surface. Nothing major but it happened quite soon after getting them. They haven’t got any worse and it seems to be a trait with them as i have seen the same on other Shortys.
A tougher side wall would be better and they are a smidge on the pricey side as they aren’t as “Clever” as some tyres out there. But for soft conditions they are ok.
Weldtite TF2 Dry wax.
All good bike shops
This is a dry Lube from those clever people at Weldtite. It’s a dry wax lube that is well … a dry wax. A little thicker than most lubes and because of it’s pale blue green colour easy to see where it’s gone. Which is handy. It dries pretty quick and leaves a waxy texture on your chain. It’s best for wet to dry conditions and it seems to last a fair old while. It’s even put up with a fair bit of mud and rain to be honest and as it’s quite course round here a reliable chain lube is a must.
The bottle is 100ml and as you don’t need loads it lasts. It has as you expect from TF2 got Teflon in it which makes it slippery than a slippery thing, which is good for chain right?. It also reduces noise by quite a bit too. this is a handy indicator to add more later if it get noisy again. I can’t fault this lube and definitely recommend it.
Schwalbe easy Fit
We all have times when the tyres just won’t play fair. No matter how much huffing and puffing you do, or cursing or using various other products usually designed for something else they just won’t sit. This can be more of a game with tubeless where the battle between getting air in quicker than it gets out is one that darkens and car park or home. Schwalbe where on hand with this nifty little bottle of Easy fit. It does what it says it does. makes tyres easy to fit. The little spongy bit means you don’t end up with solution all over your floor and no dribbling,well not from the tyre anyway.
I have used this a lot of late and every time if you have prepared the tyre right it works a treat. tyres slip on to the bead with no stress and further more it reduces that heart stopping pop you get sometimes fitting tubeless. Even with my Ghetto set up it’s worked almost every time. The times it didn’t was more to do with the tyre than the Easy fit.
a great idea that takes a bit of stress out of tight fitting tyres. well worth the money.
Stans No Tubes tire sealant.
Well as i have said i run a ghetto tubeless system which involves keeping a rim tape in and a fair bit of electrical tape or Duck tape. Whilst this is cheap you still have to be sensible and use a sealant. Well this is where the king of tubeless comes in. Stan’s is well known for their rims and tubeless kits but also if you are a bit skint you can just but the solution. Comes in a 16oz bottle with markings on the side so you can see how much you use. easy pour top saves spilling it everywhere. The instructions are pretty clear as is the guide to measurements.
ok you do look a bit of a nutter when you use this stuff as you do have to shake it quite frequently or you’ll end up with all the little bits that lock the hole sat in the bottom. When i say frequently I mean nigh on every measure unless you are really rapid. Now i was a smidge cunning and opted for Schrader vales with removable core vale centres, and had a old syringe to get the solution into the tyre without having to take the tyre off. this made it quick and fairly unmessy. It works really well unless it’s been shaken up a fair bit to getting a hole in the tyre. The one time I have noticed this is when i caught something and a hole appeared in the sidewall of the Maxxis Shorty. It wasn’t a bit hole but took the best part of 20 -30 minutes to sort. But seal it did and lasted until i took the tyres off.
It works and that is it really. You can get diddy little bottles to carry in your pack if you do a all day adventure. It’s Non Hazardous, Non corrosive and Non toxic. Which is good too especially if you do get a puncture that it can’t sort.
Juice lubes Bearing Juice
150ml = £5.99
We all have to look after our bearings from time to time, mental and physical. That’s where this rather good grease from Juice Lubes comes in. well for your bike at least. Not recommended for your mental state, honest.
It’s slightly more sticky than some greases out there and this is ideal for loose bearings. It also means it stays where you put it. well pretty much. Ideally fill a grease gun up with it for for hassle free repacking. I however have had no real issue with just “Whacking it in there”. It’s super slippery ( Dur) but last a fair old while. And it certainly resists muck and water knackering your bearings. It does what it says it does and being in a bright orange coloured tube you should be able to find it easy.
Endura chamois cream
125ml = £9.99
all good bike shops
Well if you ride a lot or even if you don’t and you wear shorts with a chamie in them then you need something like this. It reduces chaffing and soreness around those sensitive bits. You do look a bit odd applying it so best done where no else is to save your pride and blushes. i never use to bother but events transpired that i had to do something in the end.
It’s easy to apply and doesn’t smell as far as i can tell and it does indeed reduce chaffing. How much you need is down to you.. I need a fair bit but if it means I don’t walk like John Wayne then all is good. It’s Anti bacterial too so that’s another plus and you can use it after a ride to reduce soreness and heal. a definite must if you ride any distance.