Can I use tubes with tubeless tyres?
Q. I'm looking to replace the rear tyre on a Ducati GT1000 which has a spoked wheels and inner tubes.
Can tubeless tyres be fitted, but with tubes, to broaden my choice or am I really limited to the original Michelin Pilot Classics?
Hovercraft, MCN tyre forum
A. You can fit tubeless tyres with tubes, but there are caveats. The first is that the rim has to be an MT-type rim. If it is marked as a WM-type rim you can only fit tubed tyres. If the inside of the tyre is ribbed, that can chafe against the tube, generating heat and wear.
So ideally you want a tyre with a smooth interior, or get the tyre fitters to use loads of French chalk to ‘lubricate’ the tube/tyre.
Be aware that fitting a tube reduces the speed rating of the tyre, so a W-rated tyre that’s good for 167mph, becomes an H-rated tyre that has a maximum rating of 130mph.
On your bike you’ve got the choice of Avon Storm Ultras, Bridgestone BT-023s, Continental Road attack Iis, Dunlop Roadsmarts, Metzeler Z5 Interacts, Michelin Pilot Road 2s or Pirelli Diablo Stradas, run them at the tyre firms’ recommended pressures, not Ducati’s.