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Old 06-23-20, 09:00 AM
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Getting tubeless tyre beads onto rim

hi guys and girls, I'm having all sorts of problems trying to get my tyres onto my rims. At one point I even double checked I wasnt trying to fit a 27.5 inch tyre on a 29 inch rim!!! I managed to get one bead on one wheel and got to within about 6 inches of getting second bead on but even with very large and sturdy tyre levers it seems impossible..
Has anyone got any black magic or secret trick not on the internet to help me!!!
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Old 06-23-20, 11:17 AM
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I have no magic advice to offer other than to make sure that the bead of the tire is sitting in the center channel of the rim. That can help as it should add a small amount of maneuverability to the tire.
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This ^^^ You have to make sure the tire bead is down in the center channel all the way around and the tire will usually go on without tire levers. I've had people bring them to me because they couldn't get them on and they are amazed that I get them on immediately with no tools.
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Old 06-23-20, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by dsaul View Post
This ^^^ You have to make sure the tire bead is down in the center channel all the way around and the tire will usually go on without tire levers. I've had people bring them to me because they couldn't get them on and they are amazed that I get them on immediately with no tools.
This.

If you can't get it on by hand you are doing it wrong.
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i am doing something wrong then. The bead is in the centre channel of rim (narrowest part) and there is no way it will go on even with tyre levers
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Old 06-23-20, 03:37 PM
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get the bead and the levers soapy. that will add some lubrication to keep them from binding as you work the bead on to the rim. I have had trouble breaking a stubborn bead and getting them started to get off but never getting them on the rim, like you describe.

Also, some sealant will work as a bead/lever lubricant if you don't have soapy water handy.
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Old 06-24-20, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
This.

If you can't get it on by hand you are doing it wrong.
Eh, some tire + rim combinations are much harder than others. The WH-6800 rims don't have a channel, the rim bed is flat and shallow. Mounting most tubeless tires requires a bead jack or at least tire levers. I've had other rim tire combos where the tire will literally fall off the rim (when deflated).
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Originally Posted by bishop130771 View Post
i am doing something wrong then. The bead is in the centre channel of rim (narrowest part) and there is no way it will go on even with tyre levers
which rim tire combo are you trying? I've have trouble with tubeless tires on on tubeless rims, especially with rim brake versions. There are even combos wider rims can also be difficult for some tires.
Also Pedro's are my go to levers, only broken one out of the 8 I have. Other levers are like noodles compared to them
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Old 07-03-20, 09:48 AM
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I've never had to use tire levers installing a tubeless tire onto a tubeless rim. Using the rim inner channel to drop the opposite tire bead while you flip the tire onto the last bit is key knowledge. Unless you're using Stans rubber rim strips?
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Old 07-06-20, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by commo_soulja View Post
I've never had to use tire levers installing a tubeless tire onto a tubeless rim. Using the rim inner channel to drop the opposite tire bead while you flip the tire onto the last bit is key knowledge. Unless you're using Stans rubber rim strips?
That works for many wheel/tire combos, but not for all.
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Old 07-06-20, 10:37 AM
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It works for all.
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