One technological advancement that has been a benefit for many riders is the advent of tubeless tires. Tubeless has many benefits such as lower rolling resistance over rough surfaces and better traction due to the ability to run lower pressures. Tubeless also reduces the number of flats as the sealant will often stop a leak before the rider even realizes they have picked up a thorn or piece of glass. .
In order for your Serial 1 ebike to be set up tubeless, the wheel system of tubeless-compatible rim, tubeless rim strip, tubeless valve stem, tubeless-ready tire and sealant will be required. Your Serial 1 CTY and MTN ebikes all come with tubeless compatible rims. A tubeless rim strip and valve stem will be necessary. Tubeless ready tires have a special sidewall casing that is designed to be durable and keep the sealant contained. The tires on Serial 1 CTY models are not designated as being tubeless ready. The Michelin E-WILD tires on the Bash and Switch are tubeless ready-all that will be necessary is the addition of a tubeless rim strip, valve stem and sealant.
There are a number of sealant options on the market. Check with your Serial 1 dealer for recommendations. Follow the manufacturers’ directions for proper use and maintenance. Flats do occur with tubeless systems so a tubeless plug system may be carried to plug punctures too large for the sealant to effectively work on. Sealant dries out occasionally so a refresh may be needed every six months or so depending on your climate conditions.
Installation of tubeless tires with sealant can have varying levels of difficulty. Some combinations of rim, tire and sealant will go on with very little difficulty, similar to changing a tube. Other systems require more effort to seat the tire and may require a high-volume pump or an air compressor. If you are unsure of your mechanical ability to perform the setup, your Serial 1 dealer may be able to assist you. For additional information on converting your Serial 1 ebike to tubeless, our customer service team is always available and we’re here to do everything we can to help you Enjoy Every Ride.