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Has anybody ever tried filling a wheel with nitrogen? I saw an escooter on Reddit showing off it's little green dust cap and it got me thinking. N is supposed to be slightly bouncier and be more efficient on battery use due to having less mass spinning around the axle amplified by centrifugal force.

 

I thought not only could this be good for saving our precious rims from dents, but also may noticeably reduce the gyro effect. In a 2.5" wheel like the 18XL that would mean much more agility at high speeds, especially over differently banking terrain. This is why I cannot personally get to grips with slime in tyres 16", as it ruins my high speed control.

In a 3" wheel like an MSX, this may mean much better battery life as you could inflate to a higher PSI due to the additional bounciness and have less rolling resistance, also may mean a few more mph in top speed due to the decreased centrifugal mass. What do you think? 

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I'd say just do it and find out! No harm trying. :)

Also not a fan of tubeless fluid. It's something more of an emergency quick fix to me rather than a long-term solution.

Will be eagerly watching your thread to see what the official results are 👀

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I think you are wasting your time. I also think your expectations are amazingly high. Nitrogen simply doesnt leak out of a tire so quickly. Nitrogen stays about the same pressure even as tire temperature increases. Neither of this is much benefit to a unicycle. I guess NOT having to add air to a tire for longer, could help, but not worth it. As to the rest of the claims, I wouldnt trust the validity of them at all. Less mass? cmon man, its a gas...thats a far stretch. More bouncey? Just buy a green cap, pretend its nitro in the tube, and it'll work like magic. Ive beachfront property in arizona for sale! Fwiw, I worked in auto industry as a tech for years. Nitrogen was common in race cars and Rv's. Its also mitigated as soon as you contaminate it with ANY regular air.  Benefit to nitrogen is : less loss over a greater amount of time (so what, we add a little air after a few month). The expansion (lack of) properties of nitrogen will not be noticed as we dont do high speeds under loads that increase tire temps much. With such little volume in our tires, you better not check your pressure w/o a nitro tank around.  Why not use helium and make the wheel lighter? :lol:

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14 minutes ago, ShanesPlanet said:

Ive beachfront property in arizona for sale! 

Last time I bought beach front property I paid too much!! What’s your price? Don’t high ball me.   ... I’ll walk. 
 

To add to the subject CO2 seems to leak faster.

I wonder how Hydrogen would do. I bet it could add a little drama to a puncture. ..... 

Goodness Gracious Great Baaall of fire!! 

It Would be the Gas.. Gas..Gas.. ( and batteries) 

It could really make your wheel pop.

People would notice you.

It could raise your standing. 

You would be ..... “The Bomb!! “ 

I’m done. :angry::facepalm:

I came in like a flaming wrecking ball!! 

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Nitrous oxide could be a laugh.

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simply you can use nitrogen without slime.

If you use slime or something like that no bonus if you use nitrogen.

78% air is nitrogen naturaly 21 oxygen 1% others.

Thats all is just that simple.

Nitrogen = no slime for little efect

Bacuase slime and others sealants include some form of water what negate all nitrogen advantages.

Just for euc use normal "AIR" is cheaper more practise and often control you PSI and inflate if need.  

 

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On 5/20/2020 at 2:29 PM, DjPanJan said:

simply you can use nitrogen without slime.

If you use slime or something like that no bonus if you use nitrogen.

78% air is nitrogen naturaly 21 oxygen 1% others.

Thats all is just that simple.

Nitrogen = no slime for little efect

Bacuase slime and others sealants include some form of water what negate all nitrogen advantages.

Just for euc use normal "AIR" is cheaper more practise and often control you PSI and inflate if need.  

 

excellent point, I totally forgot about moisture and how it negates the nitrogen. Damn, I need to revisit some old information, as my brain is starting to use too much white-out pen. Or is it I'm sniffing too much of it? Hell, I forget now...

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In theory if you never deflate your tire and only add air the ratio oxygen/nitrogen will decrease anyway because the oxygen escapes more easily.

I don't think it's worth it.

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