Tubeless spoke wheels for F800GS

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by The Jinx, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. bxr140

    bxr140 Flame Bait

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    Yeah, that's a really good point that I never considered. It's significantly easier to swap a front tube on the trail for a big ADV bike, and it takes significantly less space to carry the spare...

    I'd like to point out how stupid I think the 17/21 c
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  2. bxr140

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    Yeah, that's a really good point that I never considered. It's significantly easier to swap a front tube on the trail for a big ADV bike, and it takes significantly less space to carry the spare...

    I'd like to point out how stupid I think the 17/21 combo is. Early on I convinced myself that it was a good compromise, but in reality, it's the mullet of wheel sizes. (Technically a reverse mullet I suppose, but I digress). With the meaty 17 out back, it really should have a 19" front. Few, if any people would really notice the ~3/4" smaller radius front tire off road (especially with proper suspension), and the bike would be SOOO much better on the tarmac. Or, with the skinny 21" up front, a narrow 18" in the upskirt would bring much more balance to the force on both surfaces, while really only significantly impacting the on road performance for a couple percentile of riders.
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  3. Bayner

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    I spent the summer riding on a tubeless rear 17" and a tubed front 21" that Woody's made up for me. (I have no issues swapping out a front tube, it was always the back that ticked me off.) I had 3 rear flats and one front flat. Man, when you blow that front out at 50+ mph, it's a hell of a ride I tell you... I think the biggest plus of a front tubeless would be the slower deflation, so you can have a bit of a buffer to get yourself slowed down. I'm trying out duct tape for a rim band to see if it helps in the future. (Always help up fine on the dirtbikes.) I'd be happy to never have a front flat at speed again though, knock on wood!
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  4. The Griz

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    I personally love the 21" front, and would never downsize it. The 17" in the rear is a bit weird with a 21" front though. IMO BMW should have used an 18" in the rear like every other enduro bike.
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  5. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    well Griz,,,you can correct BMW's mistake,,,,,it's an easy swap,,,2.5x18 is the most common set-up because you can run a pair of rim-locks and air down a bit ,,,some folks like the 3.5x18 for lower profile 140/70 x18s

    i'd still be swapping the gummi-bear and IMHO too wide 2.15 Behr front for a 1.85 x21 for all around or even a1.6x21 for aggressive dirt activity

    then ya can have your cake n eat it too:wink:

    happy new year
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  6. mousitsas

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    The F800GS IS NOT an enduro bike :deal
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  7. mousitsas

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    Well, it depends on the view point. The big adventure bikes, cannot put their power down with anything less than 3.5 rear. For me, 17 or 18 is only a matter of tyre choice. If you are happy with with what you can find for your intended use in 18, then there is no reason to change. Otherwise the handling characteristics are not night and day. The front is a different story.
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  8. The Griz

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    Wow. I can't believe no one has ripped into this guy yet with a statement like that!

    Regardless of whether or not you consider the F800GS and "enduro" bike or not, it is still better suited with an 18" in the rear.:deal
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    Who cares what anyone thinks... Enduro, Adventure, Dual Sport etc etc, does it really matter?
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  10. huckleberry

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  11. MisterMo

    MisterMo mach schnell!

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    Is there a tubeless wheel option for the F800GS? Yes, I know I could buy a F650GS and swap the wheels, but that's not what I had in mind. I want spoked wheels. Does Woody offer something? Any choices or options available? Thanks.
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  12. The Griz

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    http://www.alpinaraggi.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=3%3Amoto&id=33%3Akit-sts-bmw〈=en

    http://www.ratherberiding.co.za/go-on-spoil-yourself-the-kineo-tubeless-spoked-wheel-system/

    http://www.in-motion.it/main.php?langid=2&language=ENGLISH〈=en&locale=en_EN&id=59&customMenu=&section=brevetti&menuid=59
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  13. PeterX

    PeterX Been here awhile

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    I sent my front wheel out to Woody for a size and tubeless conversion. I'm pleased with the results, no leaks, no siginficant loss of air after the bike has been sitting for a while, I may send the rear out for the conversion as well.


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  14. WoodWorks

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    I've had my rear wheel back from Woody for about a month now, and have been monitoring the pressure almost daily. It's been steady as a rock so far.

    It appears that he slathers in about 1/4" of some sort of silicone, and then covers it with fiberglass tape. Here's what the sealed wheel looks like:

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  15. jscottyk

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    Lot's of information in the Vendors section.

    Go to this thread and do search for 'F800GS'.

    This thread is specifically about the F800GS with billet hubs.
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  16. niklasthedolphin

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    After experiencing a puncture, I wouldn't ever consider changing to tubeless.

    To be able to change the hose on the spot is genious.

    Niklas
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  17. WoodWorks

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    Huh? :huh

    I'd rather plug the tire and go than wrestle with a tube any day. Do you need the exercise? :D
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  18. toro618

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    I would call Woody's. He will build you a whatever you need.
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  19. Jking

    Jking It's just a bike

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    I've been runing these on all my bike.

    http://www.nuetech.com/index.shtml

    They are easy to install, then have your wheels balanced. Absolutly nothing works better. I've been on a ride where we have sliced the tire's sidewall, and you can still ride back. The inner tube locks the tire in place all the way around the wheel. I even ran these on a set of wheels that Woody built for my HP2 front and rear.
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  20. ScienceOfDirt

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    I like these too. Too bad they don't make a 17" size yet.