I would like to convert to tubeless tires on my woom OFF or woom OFF AIR. How do I do this and what do I need to know?
Please note that you must have a woom OFF or woom OFF AIR from model years 2023 onward in order to set up tubeless tires. These models are the only woom models that currently come with tubeless-compatible rims and tires.
If you have any doubts about the process or consider yourself inexperienced when it comes to servicing and installing components onto bikes, we would recommend that a professional bike mechanic carries out such work.
To go tubeless, you'll need a standard tubeless kit of your choice, including sealant, tubeless rim tape and two tubeless Presta valves. Please note that the rims on the woom OFF and woom OFF AIR have a width of 25 mm. The rim tape should be between 25 mm and 30 mm in width. The valves should be tubeless-ready and no shorter than 40 mm. Manufacturers such as Schwalbe provide tubeless kits that include all of these parts.
Here's what you need to do:
1. Let the air out of the tube for your front wheel, remove the wheel, take the original tire off and remove the tube.
2. Stick rim tape around the entire rim bed. Start around 10 cm before the valve hole and make sure you overlap this area twice. You can also double layer the rim tape all the way around for added airtightness.
3. Put your valve in. To do this, feed the valve through the rim tape from the inside of the wheel. Add the lock nut and sealing rubber onto your valve and tighten from the outside.
4. Now it's time to add your tires. Begin by placing one sidewall of the tire onto the rim bed all the way around the wheel. Now fit the second sidewall. If possible, use your fingers for this part. Avoid tire levers due to the risk of damaging the rim, the tire bead, or where the tire presses against the rim.
5. Once your whole tire is sitting well on the rim, you will want to pump it up. The audible pop you will hear is the sound of the tire bead sealing onto the rim.
6. Moving onto sealant, here you have two options: You can pour the sealant into the tire before you insert the second side of the tire. Alternatively, you can insert the sealant into your tire through the valve using a sealant syringe after pumping it up. To remove the valve, you will need a special valve key.
7. Repeat the process for your rear wheel.
8. Once both wheels are done and remounted onto the bike, your child should have a ride on their woom OFF or woom OFF AIR to check the tire pressure and ensure the sealant is well distributed.