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With more and more riders going tube-free as the technology becomes more affordable, Muc-Off's Ultimate Tubeless Setup Kit makes a handy collection of quality bits of kit, with everything you need to make the transition.
The Ultimate Tubeless kit is available in a range of options to suit different disciplines and their corresponding wheel sizes plus rim depths. I've been testing the Road/Gravel set for deep-section rims, which includes a 21mm x 10m roll of Muc-Off's own tubeless rim tape, two 60mm valves and two 140ml pouches of its No Puncture Hassle Tubeless Sealant.
Compared to a lot of tapes, the Muc-Off version feels quite thin and I thought I was going to need a couple of layers to be on the safe side, but after trying it with just the one, everything has been fine when running tyres at 100psi.
It has just a small amount of stretch which means it fits snugly against the shape of any wheel, with enough tack that it sticks well first time and doesn't move. The fact that it's clear makes finding the valve hole easy too.
Many new wheels already come with a pair of tubeless valves but the ones you get here, Muc-Off's Tubeless Presta Valves, are a thing of beauty – I was certainly impressed when I tested them last year.
In fact, I'm currently running them on about three sets of wheels and they haven't missed a beat. CNC-machined from aluminium, they are very well made, and I've had no issues with them gunking up when I haven't opened the core in a while.
In the kit you also get a selection of rubber grommits to make sure the valves sit leak-free in the hole, regardless of rim bed shape.
I've also tested the No Puncture Hassle sealant previously too, and it is right up there with the best on the market. I found that it lasted for about five months before it had dried out and needed to be replaced.
It'll repair the majority of small holes up to around 4-5mm and will cope with a decent amount of pressure, depending on the size of the hole. On larger cuts, 60-70psi was about the maximum before it would occasionally blow the set sealant out and have to reseal itself, but that's enough to get you home and patch up the tyre if needs be.
Many other sealants are like this, and it's why I think tubeless is a better solution for mountain biking or gravel riding, where tyre pressures are lower than on the road.
My only real criticism was that the sealant pouches were quite expensive to buy compared with the larger workshop bottles. They make sense for an initial try out, though, and if tubeless is your thing then you can buy accordingly.
As a kit, the price is pretty good, to be fair. Individually, the valves would cost you £22.50 and the sealant £9.99 per pouch, so you are basically getting the rim tape for free.
Stan's NoTubes Road Kit will set you back £32 and is regarded as some of the best sealant going. You are only getting 120ml of sealant, though, compared to the Muc-Off's 280ml.
For a road tyre, Muc-Off recommends 30-45ml and for a cyclo-cross/gravel option around 60ml, so you are going to be able to sort a bike from just one pouch and have one left over.
Orro's tubeless kit costs a very impressive £26.99, but it's the same deal here, with just two 60ml bottles of sealant – and the valves from Muc-Off are in a different league.
Overall, the Muc-Off kit mixes quality components with a decent price for dipping your toes in the world of tubeless.
Decent collection of quality products that make going tubeless an easy and relatively cheap option
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Muc-Off Ultimate Tubeless Kit
Size tested: N/A
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Muc-Off says, "The Muc-Off Ultimate Tubeless Kit contains everything needed to get a tubeless-ready wheelset set up and ready to roll. Each Kit contains a Muc-Off Tubeless Rim Tape, Seal Patches, 2 CNC-machined black tubeless Valves and 2 pouches of No Puncture Hassle Tubeless Sealant."
It makes switching to tubeless easy.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Five kits available;
Road/gravel/CX with shallow rims (44mm tubeless valves and 21mmx10m Rim Tape)
Road/gravel/CX with deep rims (60mm tubeless valves and 21mmx10m Rim Tape)
XC (44mm tubeless valves and 25mmx10m Rim Tape)
DH/Enduro (44mm tubeless valves and 30mmx10m Rim Tape)
DH Wide (44mm tubeless valves and 35mmx10m Rim Tape)
The performance of the sealant and tape is up with the best in the business and the inclusion of quality valves means that, although the likes of Stan's and the Orro kit are cheaper, you're still getting your money's worth here (and extra sealant).
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
All of the parts work well and the sealant does a good job of closing up holes.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
A kit made up of quality components.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It would be cool if you could choose what colour anodised valves you could have in the kit.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Not the cheapest out there but you are getting more for your money than most kits. All the products work well too.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!