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The difference between tube,tubeless rim and hook,hookless rim and their respective advantages.

There are 3 types of rim/tire interface for carbon rim

1. Non-tubeless With Hooks

The most traditional and old style Non-tubeless with hook like below,which is usually see on the old aluminum rim.

2. Tubeless Hooked Rims

Tubeless hooked rims as the name might suggest,which support tubeless-ready and standard tube-type clincher tyres.  Hooked beads are the traditional clincher style, with a small inward facing protrusion around the out perimeter of the rim. Most of the wheels you’ve ever owned are hooked.

 

Hooked Rims Pros:

Wide range of tyres gives users more choice

Normal tyre pressure range available

Able to run tubeless or with tubes

Hooked Rims Cons:

Heavier

More complex to manufacture

Elite Extremely Lightweight Carbon Spoke Tubeless Hooked Wheelset

Elite BWT Wavy Aerodynamic Fast Rolling wheelset

 

3.Tubeless Hookless Rim

A hookless rim is simply one with a profile that lacks bead hooks, the protruding edges that help retain conventional clincher tyres under pressure.

Instead, a hookless rim has straight, vertical sides, and indeed in wheel maker circles the technology is often referred to as TSS(tubeless straight side)

Hookless rims are usually tubeless-only, i.e. you must run a tubeless-specific tyre, which will have a stiffer bead than a conventional tubed clincher.

Hookless rims have been around for mountain bikes for years, but in the road world, where tyre pressures are typically much higher, they’re relatively new.

Hookless rims are usually tubeless-only, i.e. you must run a tubeless-specific tyre, which will have a stiffer bead than a conventional tubed clincher.

Hookless Rim Pros:

Cleaner tyre/rim interface for better aero

Lighter rims

Stronger rims

Lower manufacturing costs can be passed to the customer

Reduced material waster is more eco-friendly

 

Hookless Rim Cons:

Requires tubeless-specific tyres, not just ‘tubeless-ready

Range of tubeless-specific tyres is limited

Limit of 70psi

Elite Latest Tubeless Hookless Drive Six S Gravel Wheelset

See our Elite tubeless hookless MTB rim

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