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Stan's NoTubes Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Bundle
- Item: SNT0015 Actual Weight:"Actual Weight" means we weighed this item ourselves. 300 g
Stan's No Tubes Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Bundle is a neat package that contains everything you'll need to convert any typical road wheelset to Road Tubeless. Like their kits for MTB tires, the conversion is quick and easy, requiring little beyond a pair of scissors and some free time.
The kit includes a roll of Stan's Yellow Tape, two bottles of Stan's Liquid Sealant, two 44mm valve stems, and two Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Tires. Like other folding clincher tires, the Fusion 3 forgoes a steel bead for something lighter and more flexible. However, the specific needs of Road Tubeless dictate that Hutchinson use a bundle of unidirectional carbon fiber instead of the normal Kevlar found in other folding clinchers. The carbon bead is required to give the Fusion 3 a more stable structure. It's more resistant to stretch, allowing the tires to stay seated on your rims in the absence of a tube.
The Fusion 3 is a few grams heavier than their lightest Road Tubeless tire, the Atom, but it has one important property that make it a better tire for many folks . Namely, it has a higher puncture resistance due mostly to the triple rubber compound and the harder rubber in the center section of the tire. In addition to resisting cuts, this also allows it to have excellent rolling characteristics. The 127tpi sidewall is built intentionally to be a little resistant to flex. This gives the tire some structure of its own to help support you and your bike. It allows the Fusion 3 to be ridden at lower operating pressures than traditional clinchers -- typically 80 - 90psi. The lower tire pressure provides a better ride and conforms better to the road, actually absorbing and rebounding from irregularities in the road surface. The idea is that the rebound helps give back the energy that it cost you to run over each bump in the first place. Compare that to riding tube-type clinchers, with a rock hard 120psi "skipping" off the bumps and on a tiny scale, releasing that energy up and away from the road. It's an easy assumption that getting some energy payback is a good thing, and if you hit a million little bumps during your next race or long training ride, the Fusion 3 will be more efficient. Another great benefit of Road Tubeless is the total elimination of pinch flats. While we wouldn't seek out potholes just for fun, the comfort of worry-free riding on poor road surfaces is an attractive draw to this system.
The Stan's No Tubes Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Bundle includes a roll of Stan's Yellow Tape, two bottles of Stan's Liquid Sealant, two 44mm valve stems, and two Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Tires in 700 x 23c. The tires are all Black. For easy and safe installations, use a plastic tire tool with smooth, rounded edges and lubricate the tire bead with a 50/50 soap and water solution.