Mounting a difficult tubeless tire

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by beartooth, May 17, 2018.

  1. beartooth

    beartooth Active Member

    Name:
    rob
    Current Bike:
    process111
    I had an epic moment yesterday. I couldn't get the bead to set while mounting a new tire. I even used a compressor with no success. Air kept escaping. I was about to give up and install a tube. I unrolled the tube, and it hit me...

    Instead of putting the tube in the tire, I put it around the tire to hold the bead in place. "Pop! Pop! Pop!" It was magic! This really should be on the bottle of Stans.
     
  2. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I gotta admit that would never even have occurred to me. :thumbsup:
     
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  3. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    A video of this procedure would be most excellent.
     
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  4. Danimal

    Danimal MTB Addict

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude
    Yep, put a strap around the outside of the tire to expand the bead . Used to do this as a teenager working at a tire shop. And used the same process when seating a tire on my dolly a couple months ago.

    Also placing in the sun for while will soften the tire to make it easier for mounting.
     
  5. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    BRILLIANT!
     
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  6. UPSed

    UPSed MTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    I have used the tie-down strap method as well on motorcycle tires but I think for the narrower tires on a bicycle the tube idea is genius!
     
  7. jimbowho

    jimbowho Well-Known Member

    Location:
    acton
    Name:
    james jim jimmy
    Current Bike:
    12 GT sensor 29r
    I had wonky folded X-kings that did not obey. So I mounted tubes and left at 50psi overnight.(I know we have all done that) but Next day put the tubes in the tires only, just tube&tire no rim and exaggerated the air to really bulge out the sidewalls. Out in the sun, they fired right up. You have to really not be in a hurry, like Monday say Hmmmmm ya know, i'd like those tires on by Friday!
     
  8. jimbowho

    jimbowho Well-Known Member

    Location:
    acton
    Name:
    james jim jimmy
    Current Bike:
    12 GT sensor 29r
    Darn good tip!!
     
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  9. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Ratchet straps, zip-ties, tubes...I've even seen 2 belts used to get the bead on.
    Whatever it takes.
     
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  10. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    I haven't had to resort to that yet... But I have sworn at quite a few tires and gotten funny looks from the neighbors! :whistling:

    Since I bought the Lezyne pump with the inflator tank, I've had zero issues. Remove valve core, pump 50 times to hit 160 PSI, and inflate.
     
  11. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    New tire are usually not an issue...::previously mounted tires....can be a PITA. 9/10 tires I have no problems with.
     
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