When it comes to gram shaving, I spend far too much time and energy sweating the small stuff. But when it comes to pouring sealant into my tires, the concerns are limited to whatever we’re reviewing at the moment (or what’s within reach). At this moment, the stars have aligned. We just got a couple bottles of Orange Seal Cycling’s tubeless sealant, which claims to be the “world’s lightest sealant.”
It’s formulated with Nanites -various shaped solid particles- and a proprietary latex to quickly clot and close punctures up to 1/4″.
We’ll be testing that lightweight claim on a scale for the review, but here’s how they explain it:
“We use nano technologies that have specific gravities that float at different levels in the suspension – at the bottom, middle and top,” says John Vargas, OSC’s CFO. If you look at competing sealants, all of the solids settle at the bottom. That’s how we can cover punctures and cuts anywhere in the tire, including the sidewall. We engineered it this way, and it just so happens that these tend to be a little lighter, too.”
Vargas says everything in their formula is naturally found and non-toxic, and some of the ingredients are biodegradable. They’ve also added an ingredient that pulls the ammonia out of the latex and binds with it to make it inert. This neutralizes it so it won’t corrode tires or wheels. It also works well inside tubes.
Video after the break shows it sealing a double nail hole pretty darn quickly…
Stay tuned for a full test. a 8oz bottle retails for $14.99 and they’re getting ready to release a four ounce bottle aimed at road cyclists, plus a road-specific kit with a removable valve core tube, tool and sealant for those that can’t or won’t go tubeless.