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Position your wheels with the valves closest to the ground (at 6 o´clock)

After riding or when you are not riding for a few days, ensure the wheels are positioned with the valves closest to the floor (at 6 o´clock). 

This way any sealant that may have seeped out does not stay in the valve but drains back into the tire instead.  

The sealant can obstruct the valve therefore taking care to position your wheels this way when the bike is not being used is the best way to maintain valves clean and in perfect condition.

If the valve core becomes dirty it will not let air into the tire through the valve or it will cause the tires to lose air. Use the valve tool included in the kit to open the valve and clean the valve cavity carefully. 

Does the valve deteriorate over time?

The valve itself does not deteriorate or break but the sealant liquid will dirty the valve core making it difficult to inflate the tire. Use the valve tool included in the kit to open the valve and clean the valve cavity carefully. Don´t use anything that can scratch the valve cavity as this can lead to air leaks. 

How do I inflate the tire if it initally doesn´t take in air pressure?

If using a compressor and the tire still does not inflate, try out these recommendations: Remember to spray the tire and the rim with clean water only (soaps will contaminate the sealant) as water helps the inflation of the tires in this case. Otherwise inflate the tire through the valve but with the valve core removed.  This way, more air enters the tire at once and the tires will inflate quickly, even those tires (ie. for descents) that are harder and with more more balloon. As soon as the tire is seated on the rim, stop inflating as it could rupture. Remove the compressor head and quickly replace the valve core tightening it into place - it takes a bit of knack and speed. Once the core is screwed back into place you can continue to inflate the tire or regulate the pressure as needed.

Where do I inflate the air through the valve?

We supply you with Schrader valves that can be disassembled and that adapt to all types of rims.  They come with a valve core remover tool to disassemble them in case of becoming obstructed with sealant liquid. 

Do you need an X-Sauce injector to use the X-Tube?

Yes it is necessary since the  X-Tube has a connector to adapt to the injector. You can buy the X-Tube separately or with the injector.

Do I need to clean the X-Tube after each use?

Yes. You need to rince well after each use with lots of water to eliminate any remains of sealant liquid to avoid obstruction. Following these instructions, this accessory will last a long time.

Is the X-Tube compatible with both Schrader valves and Presta valves?

Yes, X-Tube is an accessory compatible with both Schrader valves and Presta valves from X-Sauce.

How to choose your tape or rim strip to make your tire tubeless-ready?

In this table we will show you the 3 options available from X-SAUCE to you can choose the one that best fits your needs.
 
The rim bed should look like this:








To choose the right rim strip kit for the width of your rim bed you can do this by measuring the rim width from the outside.
 


In this table we will show you the 3 options available from X-SAUCE to you can choose the one that best fits your needs. 

1. To choose the width of the right kit for your rim, you can do it by measuring the width of the rim strip.  To do this, it is best to disassemble your wheel, remove and measure the tire's rim strip, provided it covers the bed of the rim well. Measure it on a flat surface, because if you do it on the rim itself, being concave, the measurements will not be correct. If your wheel does not have a rim strip, cut a piece of paper a width that appears to fit and set it into the rim, adapting it to its concavity, checking if the width is correct or needs fewer or additional millimeters. 

2. A second option is to measure the width of the rim bed, adding one or two millimeters to compensate for the concavity. This option will only give you an approximate measurement.

3. Another option is to do it by measuring the approximate width of the rim from outside: For rims from 20 to 24 mm wide, use kit with rim strips 20 mm wide. For rims from 25 to 28 mm wide, use kit with rim strips 23 mm wide. For rims 29 to 35 mm wide, use kit with rim strips 25 mm wide. For rims over 35 mm wide, use kit with rim strips 27 mm wide.

 

Does the air not leak out with only adhesive tape and a valve tightened by hand?

Once you install the tape and valuve, you can mount the tire and test by inflating the tire.
But until you add the sealant liquid it won´t be perfectly air tight. The sealant will perfectly cover all holes and micropores that lead to slow leaks.

How does it cover the holes in the rim?

With tubeless ready tape. There are a number of options:
This is the cheapest but least durable of all options
Clean the rim bed well. Apply 2 rounds of filament tape as you would normal rim tape but tensing slightly to avoid any bubbles and for the tape to adapt to the concave rim bed.Now place any rim tape over the filament tape to prolong its durability. 

Instalation tip:

Once you have applyed the tape or rim strip, which ever type you use, mount the tire and tube and leave inflated for a few hours or overnight.   This will ensure that the tape or cover adheres to the rim bed properly. The next day, desmount the tube and finialize the tubeless-ready process.

How to choose your tape or strip for tubeless rims?

In this table we will show you 3 options X-Sauce offers so you can choose the one that best suits your requirements.

How do I cover the rim holes with double sided tape and the yellow adjustable rim strip?

Using double sided tape and the yellow adjustable rim strip, one on top of the other, is the safest and most durable option.

Clean the rim bed well. Apply 1 round of the white double sided adhesive tape as you would a normal rim strip but tensing slightly to avoid bubbles and ensuring it fits well into the concave rim bed. Finish the round overlapping the starting point by about 5 cms.

Mount the yellow adjustable rim strip on top of the white adhesive tape.

Align the valve hole in the rim tape with the hole in the rim.   The yellow rim tape sits very tightly so apply slowly and carefully assuring it is well centred using two screwdrivers as levers to ensure it stretches and sits on the adhesive tape correctly. If in some areas the rim strip is not well centered, insert a screwdriver between the white tape and yellow rim strip to lift the rim strip and gently move screwdriver back and forth around the circumference of the wheel centring the rim strip correctly, ensuring it lies flat and is not twisted.  Once correctly positioned, remove this second screwdriver.

Finish flattening rim strip to rim bed to ensure it is adhered into place.

Instalation tip

Once you have applied the tape or rim strip, which ever type you use, mount the tire and tube and leave inflated for a few hours or overnight.   This will ensure that the tape or cover adheres to the rim bed properly. The next day, dismount the tube and finalize the tubeless-ready process.

Which is the right rim strip for my tires?







 

To choose the width of rim strip, double sided adhesive tape + high pressure rim strips for your tire you can do it by measuring the width of the rim strip.

1. To do this, it is best to disassemble your wheel, remove and measure the tire's rim strip, provided it covers the bed of the rim well. Measure it on a flat surface, because if you do it on the rim itself, being concave, the measurements will not be correct. If your wheel does not have a rim strip, cut a piece of paper a width that appears to fit and set it into the rim, adapting it to its concavity, checking if the width is correct or needs fewer or additional millimeters. 

2. A second option is to measure the width of the rim bed, adding one or two millimeters to compensate for the concavitybut this method is not as precise.

3. Another option is to do it by measuring the approximate width of the rim from outside: 

For rims from 20 to 24 mm wide, use rim strips 20 mm wide.
For rims from 25 to 28 mm wide, use rim strips 23 mm wide.
For rims 29 to 35 mm wide, use rim strips 25 mm wide.         
For rims over 35 mm wide, use rim strips 27 mm wide. 

Does anti-puncture liquid work in road tires?

The anti-puncture liquid is the perfect ally for tubeless road tires (tubeless, as indicated by manufacturer).  We recommend you only use tubeless tires. Have fun nailing nails into your road bike tire and see for yourself how only a small drop of sealant leaks out and the tire, under 7-8kgs of pressure, doesn´t lose any air.

If you use tubulars with removable valves, simply open the tubular by removing the valve and by just adding 30-40mls of liquid, your tublular will be iron clad so you can forget about flats forever. Tubulars usually have fine and delicate inner tubes. Never let the tire deflate completely and maintain them inflated even if the bike is not being used for long periods. On the contrary the inner tube walls can stick to each other, rupturing when inflated again.

You can also convert the wheel to tubeless using our Road Kit being both tubular and inner tube free.

Does the tire deteriorate when using the sealant liquid in it?

No.
If you decide to use inner tubes again all you have to do is dismount the wheel, remove the valve, insert the tube and inflate with any issue. This is very practical in cases of larger cuts or holes that the sealant cannot fill.
If you are very careful you can remove the residual sealant liquid with water if it is still wet, carefully scraping with your fingers or a rag if it has dried completely. Only a few flakes of the residual product will come off. 
There is controversy as to whether the tires become deformed and the tire brands have rushed to declare that this is because of the ammonia in the sealants. Since our sealants do not contain ammonia, any deformities cannot be caused by ammonia when using our product.  Moreover when testing two different tire brands with our sealant, there have been cases where one tire has become deformed and the other not. Therefore we have to conclude that this issue is with the tire itself and not the sealant. 

How do I refill the tire with liquid when I notice it has dried up?

In the product specs you will find instructions on the different methods to refill your tire with ant-flats liquid. 

Each time I refill my tire am I adding more weight?

Consider that the liquid has water as a part of its composition.  As the water evaporates, the weight is the tire also decreases as the dry residue in the product is minimal. Therefore when you refill with sealant you will be adding some additional grams to your tire by replacing what has evaporated.  the objective is to maintain a certain level within the tire. 

How often do you recommend refilling the tires?

We recommend refilling your tires with the recommended refill dose at least every two months; even though the tire has not had any air loss, the liquid inside looses some of its properties over time and needs to be replenished. This means that in case of a flat, if there is little liquid inside or it has dried up the little liquid left will not be enough to seal and repair the tire. Refilling a half dosis every 2 months guarantees your peace of mind, Esto significa que en caso de pinchar, si queda poco líquido porque está casi seco, o si ha pasado mucho tiempo sin recargar es posible que el poco líquido que quede no sea capaz de tapar el pinchazo. Media dosis cada dos meses te garantiza tranquilidad total, long lasting sealing and automatic repair of punctures en route. 

How long does the liquid inside the tire last?

This depends on many factors. If you use tubeless tires it will last longer as these seal more easily meaning the sealant needs to work less. It can last 3 or more months but we recommend refilling before that time as the liquid inside looses some of its properties over time. We therefore recommend checking your tires every two months. 
Another factor is climate; the liquid evaporates or dries quicker in summer than in winter.
We always recommend checking your tires and liquid levels a few days before any type of competition.
To check your tires, desmount the wheel and leave it resting upright so that the liquid drains to the bottom of the tire.  Do this away from noise. Put your ear close to the tire and shake it around in order to hear the liquid moving around on the inside. 

 
How much liquid do I add? I know it will add weight to my tires….

Recommended dosis for tubeless tires or road tubulars:
Road tire: 30-40 ml per tire.

Recommended dosis for tires with tubes: 
MTB 26”: 80-100 ml per tire.
MTB 27,5”: 90-110 ml per tire.
MTB 29”: 100-110 ml per tire.
Fat bike: 170-200 ml per tire.
Road tire: 30-40 ml per tire.

These ranges or recommended doses should be adjusted to each tire and its balloon factor. For thin tires, use the minimum dose and for thick tires we recommend using the maximum dose. 

You can fill with a higher dose but it does not improve the sealant capacity and it does increase the weight. Check your tires periodically and refill when necessary. 

Check your tires periodically and do not allow the sealant liquid to completely dry up inside (it will dry over time as the water in the liquid evaporates and this depends on a number of factors).

Can sealant liquid for tubeless MTB tires be used for road tubes, tubeless and tubulars?

No, sealant liquid for tubeless MTB should only be used of for MTB tubless and tubular systems.  It is formulated to work with lower air pressures and is less dense to guarantee a faster flow through the inside of the MTB tire.

Should I use the glue provided in the kit for more grip on the tire seal?

You can choose whether to use it or not. The glue is provided to offer both options to the cyclist. The tire seals are sticky enough so you do not have to use the glue, but if you decide to use it, absolutely nothing will happen. Add some glue to the wick before inserting it and insert it into the tire to be repaired. Wait a few minutes for it to dry.

Do I have to introduce the tire seal until I reach the tire wall or rim bed through the hole to be repaired?

The answer is no, the tire seal should not be introduced until it reaches the tire wall or rim bed. It should always be inserted leaving a few centimetres of tire seal out. Once inserted, cut the remaining tire seal with the cutter provided. You should never cut the tire seal flush to the tire - you should always cut with a 4mm margin, as if it were one more rubber nob of the tire.

Can I use several tire seal in a large hole?

Yes, however you must be careful and before repairing the tire with several tire seals, you must make sure that the repair can be performed safely. If the cut is a very large slash and inserting several tire seals is not enough, the best option is to dismantle the wheel and install an inner tube. This way we will guarantee that the tire will not tear, which could happen, and we can continue with our ride safely. For smaller cuts there will be no problem inserting several tire seals to repair the tire.

In addition to disc brakes and brake pads, can I clean other parts of the bicycle with this cleaner?

Yes. With the cleaner for discs and brake pads you can clean any of the components of the bicycle such as shifters, suspension levers, telescopic seatposts, brake levers and fork cutting. It also helps to eliminate remains of adhesives in frames, forks, helmets...

Can the cleaner damage the tires if it comes into contact with them?

As a general rule, if it is something sporadic, no. However, an unsuitable use of the cleaner regularly pulverizing the tires can alter the longevity and condition of these. Our recommendation is that you protect your tires from the cleaner as much as possible by using it carefully.

On what kind of surfaces can I safely apply the disc brake cleaner?

It can be safely applied to plastic, rubber, carbon, metals, anodized metals and painted surfaces.

Should use gloves for their application?

Yes, we recommend the use of gloves to avoid contact with the skin.

Is it flammable?

Yes. We must always keep it out of heat, hot surfaces, sparks, flames and any ignition source for the safety of the user.

How much should I use to clean the discs and brake pads?

With 2 or 3 sprays on the disc brakes and another 2 or 3 to the brake pads should be enough. Once dry, wipe with a clean cloth to remove any remaining residue.

Can I use the degreaser cleaner on all parts of the bicycle?

You can use the cleaner on most parts of the bicycle however, it should not be directly applied to delicate components such as suspension or telescopic seatposts.
We do not recommend for use on anodized aluminum.
 

How long should I allow the degreasing cleaner to work once sprayed on the bicycle?

Usually one or two minutes is enough. Then it should be rinsed with plenty of water. If used with pressurized water hoses, it is not recommended to use pressurized water on delicate areas or bearings.

Can use the degreaser cleaner to clean other biking accessories?

Yes, you can use the cleaner to clean the plastic cover of helmets or shoes. They will look as good as new again!

Will I cause damage if I spray the degreaser cleaner over the disc brakes or pads?

No, no problem. Simply ensure you rinse the bike well after use.

How often should I wash my bicycle?

For a correct maintenance of the bicycle, we recommend always keeping the bike clean after each ride. However sometimes due to time constraints, this is not possible, so once a week is ideal to keep it in perfect condition.