Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Tannus Armour inserts or tire?

Notices
Road Cycling ďIt is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.Ē -- Ernest Hemingway

Tannus Armour inserts or tire?

Old 12-08-20, 02:10 PM
  #1  
Davespix
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Florida
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
Tannus Armour inserts or tire?

Has anyone got experience or thoughts on the Tannus Armour inserts or airless tires for a road bike? I am getting a flat per month and itís getting tiring 🤣.
Davespix is offline  
Old 12-08-20, 02:28 PM
  #2  
WhyFi
Senior Member
 
WhyFi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TC, MN
Posts: 33,819

Bikes: R3 Disc, Haanjo

Mentioned: 343 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16089 Post(s)
Liked 4,855 Times in 2,556 Posts
Originally Posted by Davespix View Post
Has anyone got experience or thoughts on the Tannus Armour inserts or airless tires for a road bike? I am getting a flat per month and itís getting tiring 🤣.
Flats from what? Unless they're large punctures (<1/4"), this is exactly the scenario where tubeless shines.
WhyFi is offline  
Old 12-08-20, 02:35 PM
  #3  
HTupolev
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Seattle
Posts: 3,744
Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1711 Post(s)
Liked 786 Times in 395 Posts
What's causing the flats? If pinhole punctures, go tubeless. If rim tape, fix your rim tape. If pinches, run higher pressure and/or stop slamming into potholes.
HTupolev is online now  
Old 12-08-20, 04:47 PM
  #4  
Davespix
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Florida
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
Small sharp glass, sharp pin sized metal, no big hazards. So tubeless is the way to go?
Davespix is offline  
Old 12-08-20, 06:00 PM
  #5  
WhyFi
Senior Member
 
WhyFi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TC, MN
Posts: 33,819

Bikes: R3 Disc, Haanjo

Mentioned: 343 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16089 Post(s)
Liked 4,855 Times in 2,556 Posts
Originally Posted by Davespix View Post
Small sharp glass, sharp pin sized metal, no big hazards. So tubeless is the way to go?
Yup.

Your wheels/rims need to be compatible, though, so hopefully they are already.

In terms of sealant, don't use Stan's. Use Orange Seal or something similar that's suitable at road bike tire pressures.

If you're going to do the work yourself, just be aware that it may be difficult early on - there is a learning curve - but it will get easier.
WhyFi is offline  
Likes For WhyFi:
Old 12-09-20, 10:27 AM
  #6  
Iride01
Hits [ENTER] b4 thinking
 
Iride01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 6,421

Bikes: '20 Tarmac Disc Comp '91 Schwinn Paramount '78 Raleigh Competition GS

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2496 Post(s)
Liked 1,192 Times in 873 Posts
What tires are you having the flats with? I used to run some tires that would pick up glass, rock shards and other things in the tread and they'd stay there but not so bad that they immediately punctured the tube. Before each ride, I'd inspect the tires and remove all those potential flats. I'd go months to over a year without flatting. Times that I didn't inspect them for a few rides resulted in flatting.

Changing to a different tire eliminated those things sticking into the tread and I no longer even inspect my tires for shards before riding. Vittoria Rubino Pro's of a version no longer made and my current Continental GP 5000's don't pick up shards like other tires I've owned way back when did. And I still go a year or more without flatting. Though when I do get a flat, it means at least two more will happen in quick succession no matter where I ride.

But yes tubeless might be the thing for you. Either way, you have to try something different than what you are doing now.
Iride01 is offline  
Old 12-09-20, 10:37 AM
  #7  
Swampthing 
Old and rusty
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: In the swamps of South Florida
Posts: 146

Bikes: 1994 Montare, Dawes roadbike, Quax muni

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Liked 45 Times in 31 Posts
My daughter was getting all kinds of flats in LA at the time when tubes were hard to get. She put a set of tannus tires on her old steel Schwinn and loves them. If your bike is your only means of transportation and you commute in the city they can be a good thing.
sometimes dependability and durability outweigh performance.
Swampthing is offline  
Old 12-09-20, 10:52 AM
  #8  
Davespix
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Florida
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
In September I got a new set of Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tires 700 x 32mm. I live in a semi rural area and don’t think there is a street sweeper in the entire county so stuff just stays in the bike lanes.
Davespix is offline  
Old 12-11-20, 12:33 PM
  #9  
expatbrit
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: 'burque, holmes
Posts: 820

Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (now an ex-bicycle), Trek X-Cal, Giant Defy 3

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 152 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 16 Times in 13 Posts
Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Yup.

Your wheels/rims need to be compatible, though, so hopefully they are already.

In terms of sealant, don't use Stan's. Use Orange Seal or something similar that's suitable at road bike tire pressures.

If you're going to do the work yourself, just be aware that it may be difficult early on - there is a learning curve - but it will get easier.
The sealant point is especially poignant for me; I struggled with tubeless basically just coating my frame in latex every time I hit a goatshead because I was using Stan's.

Orange Seal appears much more resilient, though anyone who is sealing a 1/4" puncture with sealant ... I want to know how.
expatbrit is offline  
Likes For expatbrit:
Old 12-11-20, 12:37 PM
  #10  
WhyFi
Senior Member
 
WhyFi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TC, MN
Posts: 33,819

Bikes: R3 Disc, Haanjo

Mentioned: 343 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16089 Post(s)
Liked 4,855 Times in 2,556 Posts
Originally Posted by expatbrit View Post
The sealant point is especially poignant for me; I struggled with tubeless basically just coating my frame in latex every time I hit a goatshead because I was using Stan's.

Orange Seal appears much more resilient, though anyone who is sealing a 1/4" puncture with sealant ... I want to know how.
1/4" has been the break point for me - they'll typically seal but are prone to breaking back open if/when you hit a bump/crack/seam just right.
WhyFi is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.