With no inner tube, tires treated with Stan’s sealant offered more traction, more control, and more comfort. They also rolled faster. The performance advantages were tremendous, and soon racers at the highest levels of the sport were asking Stan to help them go tubeless.
Today, riders and racers around the world rely on the tubeless technology Stan developed, and our sealant has been honoured as one of the most important innovations in the history of cycling. “The First Name in Tubeless” is more than just marketing to us. It’s who we are. And we’re still leading the way. For over a decade, our products have set entirely new standards for performance, created completely new categories, and redefined what others thought was possible.
But we’re just getting started.
Your first bicycle probably had inner tubes. Most of us start off life bouncing around happily on tires filled with black rubber balloons. Mom or Dad have to inflate them every spring and patch or replace them any time we ride over a nail or thorn, but for the most part, they get the job done for trips around the neighborhood.
Start riding some more, though, on trails or longer road rides, and the limitations of inner tubes become obvious. Sooner or later, anyone who spends time a bicycle, has some revelations:
Whether you race or not, once you start thinking about tires and air pressure, you’re officially what marketing types refer to as an “enthusiast.” That means you’re pretty into this whole bike riding thing, and it’s time to search for something better than an inner tube.
Here’s Stan himself doing some “stick a big nail in it” marketing back in the day. To test sealant, he’d buy these gigantic awls and create diabolical-looking devices like the classic “Path of Death”.
That’s where we come in.
Using a liquid sealant and special tape to make rims and tires airtight, our founder, Stan Koziatek, developed a system capable of sealing most tires to most rims without inner tubes. The big deal about the tubeless system Stan developed was that it worked with a wide variety of tires and rims, and that it sealed punctures automatically. Almost instantly. While you ride.
Seriously. If you’ve never seen it before, it’s pretty cool.
The best tire manufacturers supported and refined our method into something that today is called “Tubeless Ready.” It’s become the standard for mountain bikes and is starting to show up more and more on road bikes.
Tubeless-ready–lightweight tires combined with Stan’s liquid sealant and our special tape–seals most punctures up to a quarter inch in size, weighs less than a tube, and allows lower pressure for more traction, more comfort, and more control.
All carbon rims are not created equal. If your carbon rim is too stiff, you’re losing speed and risking tire pinch flats. The Crest CB7 rim with RiACT absorbs radial vibrations and damps impacts. It’s a difference you can feel in the ride of the bike almost instantly.