Friday, April 1, 2011

Do Tubeless Road Tires Loose Air Faster Than Tubes?

I have been pondering this question since I started commuting daily. It seem that my tires are certainly loosing a few pounds a day. I don't have to pump them up daily, but certainly once a week. I have also observed Tubeless tires untouched will be flat in a month or two. Yes, I know it is blasphemy not to ride for weeks, but please keep in mind that I own multiple bikes, and I might not ride every one of them every week.

On the other hand, it has been so long since I have ridden a conventional, tubed road bike clincher, I forget how often they need re-inflation.

So here is the question to my ever growing cadre of readers; What is your experience?  Do you think tubeless tires need inflation more or less often than their tubed counterparts?


  1. Heya!

    I'd say a bit more, at least compared to the Continental tubes i used.

    I've been riding around 100psi, and after two days it barely drops, but 4 days and it's down 10psi for sure, that's with the Fusion3's.

    Given i haven't had a flat in 5 months (riding 4+ days a week, 9-12hrs a week), i'm totally happy with topping off my wheels every few days. =)

  2. I've found it to be pretty much the same as tubed tires. Can't really see any difference in air loss.

    I've left my tubeless bike un-ridden for weeks at a time and never had them go flat (spontaneous deflation)