Tube less tyres vs. tuff up tube tyres

Tube less tyres: in Simple words these do not have a tube. The inner rim of the wheel and the tyre make up for the missing tube. The tubeless tyres have an advantage that they do not get flat suddenly even if there is a puncture it does not blow up. They can withstand higher temperatures and almost all cars today do offer tubeless tyres. They are making way into two wheelers as well.

Tuffup Tube: This is a trade name for tubes which Honda offers in two wheelers. This tube is double walled with a fluid in between. Whenever the tyre is punctured (say by a Nail) as soon as the tube is pierced, this fluid comes in contact with air and seals the leak. It also partially reinflates the tyre. In this way the tube never punctures. You must be carefull enough though to check for nails etc. before your start in the morning as with a tuff up tube, you can even reinflate the tyre with a couple of nails still piercing through the tube.

Tyres are made of materials that, while flexible, do not hold air very well. But tubes are made of special type of rubbers that do hold air well. But tubes can rub against things such as the rim and parts of the tyre and can be worn away, which is why flaps are frequently used with tubes, especially in large tyres such as truck tyres.

Tubeless tyres use the same material as in tubes, but it is applied to the inside of the tyre becoming an integral part of the tyre.

The advantage is that there is less material used, so it costs less and there is less to go wrong – only 3 parts.

However, tubeless tyres require that the rim be air tight and have a valve so the tyre can be inflated (and deflated). Also the wheels generally have a drop center to mount the tyre, which decreases the amount of space available for brakes. Plus repairs are a little more difficult.


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