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How To Patch A Tubeless Bike Tire

By Paul WalterLast update: 2023-09-30

Technologies for tubeless tires and tubeless sealant have advanced significantly. Small punctures should now be repaired by sealant simply, in even small xc or sand tires. However, occasionally tire goo isn't enough to stop a hole from leaking. However, this does not imply that your tire is worthless or that you must run tubes.

You can mend your tire via our article on how to patch a tubeless bike tire, it doesn't have to be destroyed by that minor squeeze flat just at the bead. And running tubes is not your only option. There are various effective methods for patching the most troublesome hole on your tubeless tire.

Necessary Kits to repair your Tubeless Bike Tire

A tubeless tire can be repaired with the appropriate tools in less than about a minute, depending on the seriousness of the issue. Fortunately, there is space for all of this equipment to be kept without having to carry a backpack. They may be carried on a bike or quickly stuffed into a hip pack.

You'll need these materials to patch a tubeless tire puncture.

  • wheel levers
  • Pump
  • Tubeless plugs for repairs
  • Tool for tubeless repair plugs

You might require a tyre fix and/or a knife and stitching for a more significant or difficult to repair puncture.

You might also need:

  • If the old tubeless sealant is dried up, use new sealant.
  • If the tire cannot be repaired, use an inner tube.
  • Rim tape restoration if the original is destroyed

How to patch a tubeless bike tire step by step

Step 1

Stop in a secure location by the side of the road or road. Before removing your tubeless mountain bike tire, be sure it doesn't have a little hole in it. With tire hooks, you can rapidly fix a flat tire without taking off your wheels or tires.

Step 2

Shift through into cassette's weakest ring if your back tire is flat. This will ensure that your wheel is simple to remove and replace and will keep the chain slack. Spread your disc brakes if you have hydraulic disc brakes by releasing the cable pressure or rotating the lever. You can turn your bike upturned to detach the wheels if you need to fix a tire while you're out and about rather than at home.

Step 3

Take the bike's wheel off. Recall that every bike can vary. To be ready in case of a flat, we advise practicing taking your bike's front and back wheels off. Typically, the back wheel is the one that causes you the most trouble. This should be simpler if you make absolutely sure to shift into the cassette's smallest ring. Pull the sprocket back and out the way, detach the axle or undo the simple mechanism (but leave the nut on), and then lift your tire upward and out of eyelets.

Step 4

Your tire's bead should be taken off the rim. It may be challenging to do this with tubeless installations. Pull the tire away from the rim by applying intense pressure to it. Make sure to do all sides. It will be simpler to replace the tire if you wiggle it back and forth until it is seated in the middle of the rim. Ensure that the tire will be completely deflated.

Step 5

The tire bead should be raised and pulled away from the rear wheel using the tire lever's "spoon"-shaped end. Hook the lever to a wheel spoke using the loop somewhere at the end of it.

Step 6

The "scoop" end of the additional tire lever should be inserted beneath the tire bead close to where you inserted the first tire lever. Remove the tire fully from the rim on one side by pushing or tugging it toward you. (You could accomplish this with a single tire lever.)

Step 7

Examine the rim tape. Clean the rim while making sure the rims tape is secure and free from holes. You won't be able to address the issue trailside if the rim tape has a hole that is allowing sealant and air to pass through. Place a tube inside and cycle your way home. Repair the tire tape when you arrive home.

Step 8

Look for tears and holes on the tire's exterior. To inspect for gashes, carefully run your fingertips along the interior of the tire. Examine the tire's tread's knobs as well. You will need to repair the tire and may even need to put a tube in it until you get home if you discover a significant hole or cut inside the tire that can't be repaired with sealant alone.

Step 9

Add extra sealant if your tire or rim tape are undamaged. Make sure you are aware of the tire sealant dosage. Put the tire back on the rim. The final portion of the tire installation can occasionally be difficult after you have the majority of it in the rim.

Grab your tire handles once more and flip the tire over to force it back onto the rim if it's still a little tight.

Step 10

It can occasionally be challenging to seed a tubeless tire at the trailhead. A CO2 cylinder can be useful. If you have a foot pump at home, try swiftly pumping to inflate. The key is to continue pumping when you hear a "pop," which denotes that the tire has sown into the rim.

To make sure that sealant has covered the interior of the tire, shake, bounce, or turn the wheel after the tire has been filled.

Step 11

Replace the wheel. That should be rather simple if you have a front flat. This is typically where folks get stuck when repairing a rear flat. Just keep in mind that you have shifted into the cassette's smallest ring, so your loop should go there. Moreover, keep in mind that your cassette should fit between the chains. Then, simply reposition your derailleur so that it is not in the way so that your wheel can rest in the rear dropout. You're ready to go once you replace the wheel and tighten that quick-release skewer.

Remember to retighten the cable when the wheel is in if you've got rim brakes. Then, merely give this one a spin and use the brake to ensure that everything operates as it should.

When to stop trying and insert a tube?

Despite your best efforts, there is always a potential that a tubeless tire won't be repairable on a road or trail. With sealant already present in the tyre, installing an inner tube might be messy, so it's usually only done as a last resort.

Thoroughly inspect the tyre for just any punctures or potentially harmful objects, such as thorns, before attaching an inner tube. Even if you find one, there may still be more hidden in the latex ready to pierce your inner tube.

Even with tubeless tires, you can still have snakebite punctures, so be sure to maintain appropriate tire pressure, especially while traveling through rough or rocky terrain, to prevent a nasty triple puncture caused by a collision with the rim. These are infamously difficult to repair because the holes are frequently too near to the rubber bead.

In addition to punctured tires, your tubeless setup also has to have regular maintenance performed on the rim tapes, geodesic valves, and sealant.


Overall, In a tubeless tire configuration, the sealant is made to swiftly seal small holes, frequently without your knowledge. However, occasionally more than sealant will be needed to repair a puncture depending on its size or position.

We hope the advice above will help you get back on the path as soon as possible if you are unprepared and puncture. Without a doubt, there is no need to continue using a tubed configuration if you experience a tubeless puncture.

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