Quick Take Review
Well for crying out loud, it’s March already. Time to get the mountain bike out of the barn and on the trail. This season, I packed my tubes with Stan’s Tire Sealant as extra protection against dreaded Goathead Thorns. Also known as puncture vine – for very good reason – this invasive plant took massive root in the nearby fields and trails over the past several years. Last year, it wreaked havoc on our riding. Tube after tube went by the wayside with too many holes to repair. And when I started looking for some help, Stan’s kept coming up in my research.
Stan’s is one of those little companies making a big impact on the industry. Founder Stan Koziatek pioneered tubeless systems (both wheels and tires) for mountain and road bikes. The company also makes Stan’s Tire Sealant that works in both a tube or tubeless setup. You can buy it by the quart, the pint or in two ounce bottles (enough for a single tire). I chose the two ouncers for this test.
Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Natural Latex, Water
Sizes: Quart, Pint and 2 ounce bottles
Applying Stan’s Tire Sealant is a straightforward process. In my tube and tire setup, you’ll need a valve removal tool like the NoTubes Core Remover Tool also made by Stan’s. Simply remove the valve stem, squeeze in the sealant, replace the stem, inflate and roll the tire around to distribute the product around the tube’s interior. The process is similar for a tubeless configuration although you can just pour the sealant into the tire itself before seating the bead on the rim.
How’d it perform? Pretty admirably so far. No flats to report, in other words. I realize it’s still early in the season but I find it an encouraging sign of things to come. Overall tire pressure holds up far longer than in the past which more than makes up for the small price paid (about $5 per two ounce bottle).
If you’re looking for a little more protection against punctures this season, give Stan’s Tire Sealant a try.