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Lifespan of tyre sealant?

JBAJBA Posts: 2,628
edited September 2013 in MTB general
I have been considering going tubeless (Specialized 2Bliss tyres on DT Swiss 420SL Rims) for a while and a puncture from a thorn last weekend made up my mind for me. However, I was looking at tyre sealant in my LBS today and on one of the bottles it stated that the sealant would remain liquid for between 2 and 7 months only, depending on the temperature.

If sealant needs refreshing every 2 months I don't think I can be bothered with the hassle.

How do people determine when it is time to replace / add fresh sealant? Can you hear the liquid sealant in the tyre?
I have assumed the liquid coats the inside of the tyre and will not be slopping around.
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  • warpcowwarpcow Posts: 1,448
    JBA wrote:
    How do people determine when it is time to replace / add fresh sealant? Can you hear the liquid sealant in the tyre? I have assumed the liquid coats the inside of the tyre and will not be slopping around.

    Some coats the inside, the rest sloshes around inside. I tend to give a little top-up every 6 months; just a half-portion (When changing to winter tyres I just move anything that's left over to the next tyre and add a bit more). Tbh, I think most people remember to top it up when they finally get a puncture. Just because it's dry doesn't mean it isn't sealed anymore, just that it won't plug any new holes.
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,409
    You can hear it when you shake the tyre. If you can't it's dried out, if you've used co2 to seat the tyre this may be 5 seconds after you've got the bastrad thing up, if you're lucky.
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  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,628
    Cheers, chaps.

    I have done a bit of Googling and it seems that the higher the ambient temperature the sooner the sealant solidifies. I live in wet and cold South Wales so the sealant shouldn't need replenishing too often.

    Onwards! To tubeless tomfoolery...
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    And it all promised so so much”

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