6 Months with Huck Norris

Back in February this year I started the build of my latest Kingdom HexLS frame into this years guiding duties missile. As usual I specified Hope products for much of the build, so E4 brakes, Hope cranks and of course HopeHoops with the latest 35W rims. 

On seeing the rims I decided that this build would be my first trip into the world of tubeless and all the anticipated pain and heartache that for the last few years I've been telling myself comes with going tubeless. However, I was more than a little bit worried that the really low profile of the 35W rims and the anticipated lower tyre pressures that I would run when set up tubeless would be cannon fodder for the trails here. Anyone who has ridden here can testify that the trails aren't exactly smooth, most routes consit of rock gardens and lots of loose rocks and stones flying around. Having read a few things online, I decided to turn to Huck Norris to help keep my new wheels as straight as possible. After a quick email chat with the guys at Huck Norris, (who I have to say were very responsive) and it was agreed that I should go for the size L product based on my 35mm internal rims and the 2.35 Maxxis rubber.

The inserts were easy to trim down to length for my 27.5" wheels and easily slotted into the tyres giving a positive pressure on the sidewalls of the tyres. I'm sure this probably also made the tyres a little easier to seat onto the rim.

So the last 6 months haven't been incident free. But not one single episode of burping the tyres and no pinch flats, so all great. I did however suffer a total of 3 sidewall cuts, but to be fair, I can't see how the Huck Norris system can stop this when riding through rocks with razor shap edges at times. But bringing pressures up a few PSI (Now running 23psi) and this seems to have been cured and (touch wood) I haven't slashed a sidewall in a while.

What I can say though is that when I slashed the sidewalls, the ensuing instant deflation and then slowing to a stop in such rocky terrain I'm sure would have trashed my rims had I not fitted the Huck Norris liner.

Today I needed to freshen up the rim tape on the rear wheel as it was starting to leak. After cleaning up the Huck Norris insert I can clearly see the huge number of cuts in the insert where the tyre has been trapped against the rim and the Huck Norris has done its job in stopping pinch punctures and rim dings. I can only assume that without the insert my rear rim would be pretty battered by now, as it it, it has a few scuffs on it from the loose stones flying around, but no dings. For me, that's money well spent!

Huck Norris


For this insert I think it's days are up and maybe 6 months riding doesn't sound very much, but bear in mind that this bike is ridden in very rocky terrain on average 5 days a week, so that's a fair number of riding hours and more than you might do in a year or more, so that makes the price of the Huck Norris system at around 55 quid much more palatable.

Note: This is not a sponsored article, we paid full retail price for the product.