Arguably the No. 1 hindrance slowing greater adoption of plus tires is the lose-lose proposition between weight and puncture protection. Many of the 2.8” to 3.0” tires currently on the market are either too heavy or too flimsy to be ridden hard without fear of failure. And frankly bad things still happen with standard tubeless tires.
Could the answer be… Huck Norris?
The team behind this small start-up from Finland got tired of seeing rides and races wrecked by tubeless tire punctures and came up with the idea of cellular foam liner that goes inside the tire to act as a protective barrier for rubber and rim. Once inserted it lightly touches the sidewalls, which is claimed to aid with tubeless set-up but not affect rolling performance. Note that you will need to add a little extra sealant, as the foam will soak up some of the liquid.
The strips come in three widths (50mm, 55mm, and 60mm) and are designed to interface with rim widths from 21mm to 45mm. Claimed weight for a size small strip is 70 grams for 27.5 and 77 grams for a 29er liner. The strips can also be cut down to fit 26” wheels. Cost is 69 euro (or about $77US). To learn more check out the install demo video below and visit hucknorris.com.
What do you think? Is Huck Norris the answer to our puncture problems?