How Often Should You Refresh Sealant?

September 11, 2021

Tire sealant makes the whole tubeless thing possible and in order to keep the system running smoothly, refreshing sealant is essential. But how often should you do it? There is no clear answer and after spending an hour researching various sources like GMBN, Stans, and Park Tool, we’ve boiled it down to make answering this question easier Here is what the experts have to say.

GMBN

According to the YouTube channel, Global Mountain Bike Network, if you are using the bike a few times a week, the sealant should last the life of the tire. If you are leaving the bike in storage for a while, the sealant will dry up in about 4 months. We think this might be a stretch, especially living in a hot/dry climate like Colorado.

Stans

Stans recommends refreshing your sealant several times per year, about every 2-7 months depending on the climate you live in. Drier and hotter climates, like ours in Colorado, means refreshing sealant more often. Stans also recommends removing the tire once per year to inspect rim tape/wheel condition and clean out old sealant.

Park Tool

While Park Tool didn’t have a recommended time frame for changing sealant, they do have a nifty way for checking sealant level without removing the tire. Simply use a small zip tie, cut the tip off, and insert it through the valve stem. The ridges on the zip tie will hold sealant and you’ll be able to quickly check the sealant level without the hassle of taking off your tire!


GoingTubeless? How to use Stans NoTubes by BikeParts.com

February 28, 2013

To go tubeless or not tubeless that is the question.  Or is it?  For anyone who wants higher performance and less flats but doesn’t mind a little extra installation time and maintenance, going tubeless is the best choice.  The trick is having the right set up and knowing which bike parts   or products to use.

Demonstrated in our recent instruction video,  How to use Stans NoTubes by BikeParts.com are step by step instructions to help you go tubeless.

From a performance standpoint, going tubeless is hard to beat.  It decreases rolling mass and a tubeless setup will allow you to run a lower tire pressure for better traction without risking pinch flats.  A properly installed tubeless tire system is capable of handling any condition and riding style.  Aside from our instructional video, following are the bike accessories you’ll need to get started.

See you on the trails!