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I’ve bought a new wheelset and the rims are wider than the ones I had previously. These are 100mm (F) and 135mm (R).
I’m having major trouble removing and fitting my tyres onto these. They’re all Maxxis: Minion 2.35 and Hansventure 2.35 for general trail riding and Crossmark 2.1 and Advantage 2.1 for XC races.
While I can appreciate the 2.1 sizes would be a stretch I though that the wider tyres would’ve been easier. This was not the case – the Minion with it’s wire bead was the hardest of the lot.
It was difficult enough in the relative comfort of my garage to wrestle these on and off, using multiple levers...I’d hate to do this out on the trail.
Should I be looking at another brand of tyre?
*Looks at keromx - Have you had this issue with your E2200's?
Try soapy water around the bead when you need to do it at home next. Some tyres can just be tight so don't worry about it until you have to change a flat on the trail! It's porbably best to then feign an injury and get a mate to switch out the tube for you!;)
I've used the soapy water trick before for seating the tyre properly when on the rim, but I don’t think the soapy water would’ve helped with getting the tyre on or even off in the first place?
Feigning an injury could be a good idea...
its just dt swiss usually. They are harder to mount and unmount compared to mavic rims :)
I've also found sometimes that swearing at it helps.:p
Or worst case scenario is i carefully use metal tyre levers, but not until i've snapped a plastic one.
Minions with a wire bead are hard regardless of the rim. Another idea to help seat the bead is to over inflate the tyre and it should pop onto the seat, then drop the pressure back to normal.
^^ Agreed. Although seating the tyre isn't the issue. It's getting them on in the first place.
I found throwing them at the wall, then running up and kicking them and limping off to the pub the only way to conquer this problem... I nearly gave up putting my 2.50 on my DT Swiss rim Im glad I swapped one with KeroMX
Nooooo! So it sounds like a DT issue. I broke one tyre lever last night and bent the crap out of my yellow Michelin levers.
Took me about 45 minutes to swap two tyres over. :(
what about if you heat the tyre up, wouldnt that expand it and make it easier to put on?
That's definitely an option. Although out on the trail could be a little difficult. :)
The trick is to make sure the bead that is on the rim is in the centre of the rim. This 'lowest' part of the rim can give that extra give needed to get the trye on fitted onto the rim. Same goes for taking them off, fully deflate the tube and pinch/squish the tyre into the centre of the rim. 2 or 3 tyre levers are needed to get the job done. Don't get too greedy with your increments either, just bit by bit and you'll get there.
Ah yeah I get what you mean. Even still I had trouble getting the first bead onto the rim – For the first time ever I had to use tyre levers for that!
With my minions i've always had to use tyre levers to get them on.
I just went through this nightmare myself trying to get some old wire bead Serfas Drifters onto Sun Ditch Witch rims after changing the ratio on the SS from 36/18 to 36/14. Getting the tubes out of the UST Nobby Nics wasn't much fun because they were almost glued in with the old sealant. I made sure to put plenty of talcum powder on the tube and inside the tyres when putting them back in though. And yes, i snapped a plastic tyre lever but i couldn't start swearing at it because the neighbours kid was in their back yard.
If that wasn't bad enough, to get the rear tyre off i have to remove two axle bolts, remove the disc brake caliper and undo the torque arm from the caliper mount to the frame just to remove he rear wheel. Then i had to shorten the chain and get everything back on!
Talking about fitting tyres i am having trouble fitting the continetnal tyres i have on my xt wheelset which is a ust setup. the tyres arent ust though and are very skinny sidwallish. Boy am i going to have fun tonight/tomorrow trying to fit em.
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