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    Default What's the secret to install a very tight tubeless tire

    The 26x2.3 UST tires on our ventana el conquistador de montanas have have finally given way to age.

    Since I can no longer buy a 26" UST tire I picked up a pair of 26x2.4 continental trail king tubeless.

    These will be going tubed on a Mavic 819 UST rim since we dont ride that bike frequently enough to keep sealant rolling around.

    My first try mounting these was an hour of sweat soaked frustration. broke three levers. and then the vittoria tube had a seam failure and now I am taking them off and trying again to remount. Fark!

    These things are tight. really tight. what's the trick to mounting a really really tight tubeless tire? yes, I deflated the tube once I got it around the rim.

    - push both beads into center channel
    - work towards valve stem
    - dishwash soap for lubricating the bead?
    - plastic not metal levers

    what else?

    If I flat in the field, is the best approach to field repair to remove the valve core, put some sealant in the tube, hit it with some C02, spin it, fully inflate and fix it again at home?
     

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    Default Re: What's the secret to install a very tight tubeless tire

    No tape/rim strip required for those rims, right? If they do need tape/rim strip, use thin tape like the yellow stuff from Stan's or WTB. One layer is enough (with some overlap at the valve).

    Otherwise, yeah I think you've got it. Keep the bead in the center channel, finish install at the valve, start removal at the valve (after pushing beads donw into center channel).

    Good news is, once they've sat mounted a bit they'll stretch and be easier to remove/install next time.
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    Default Re: What's the secret to install a very tight tubeless tire

    All of the above, plus the Kool Stop Bead Jack.
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    Default Re: What's the secret to install a very tight tubeless tire

    I have had luck with using Windex to help tires slip on a little easier.

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    Default Re: What's the secret to install a very tight tubeless tire

    Different tires....never run a tire you can't install/remove by hand.

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    Default Re: What's the secret to install a very tight tubeless tire

    Put tire in the sun or close to the heater. Add max psi in it and let it sit. 2nd time off is easier.
     

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    Default Re: What's the secret to install a very tight tubeless tire

    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncey Matthews View Post
    Different tires....never run a tire you can't install/remove by hand.
    Chauncey is spot on here, cause if you need to do a field repair it will suck royally.

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    Sometimes you find a combo that's just wrong.



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    Default Re: What's the secret to install a very tight tubeless tire

    As I just remarked in another thread: the Crank Bros Speedier Lever helped me mount some very tight road tubeless tires, and fits in a saddlebag. In addition to the usual "off" lever it has a notch on the reverse side for prying a tire bead over the sidewall. After dismounting and remounting those tires a couple times in my garage, I'm confident that the Crank Bros plus a Pedro's lever will work for me in the field when I need it.
     

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    Default Re: What's the secret to install a very tight tubeless tire

    With the wheel on the ground I managed to grab a handful of the tire on both sides and then work my hands towards the floor - effectively pushing the tire into the center of the rim and downward. The last 6" of lip I could flip over by lubricating the bead with dish soap and then pulling it over the edge.

    Since I got it on without tools, I feel pretty good I could replicate in the field if we have an issue.

    Unbelievable how this experience went from being sweaty and beaten down to oh-duh that was much easier.
     

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