Purchased two tires at my LBS for the premium price of $84.95 each. Mounted each of them to my new wheels, one tire is good, the other has 3 pin holes on the sidewall at the mold parting line (seam line).
The tires mounted easily, only needed to coax the bead a little with my plastic tire lever once right at the end to get the tire to pop onto the rim. I know I didn't cause any damage to the tire as the holes are on the opposite side and half way up the sidewall.
I put Stans in the tire when I mounted it so the sealant is attempting to stop the leak. When I shake the tire to get the sealant to close the hole it works for a few minutes then one or more of the pin holes start leaking again.
Everyone raves about Schwalbe tires, however I'm only batting .500 with these two tires. I understand that a "tubeless ready" tire will require sealant, however I didn't think the sealant would be required to seal holes already in the tire, not just at the bead between the tire and rim.
When I called Schwalbe CS, I was told pinholes in the sidewall is normal for the Racing Ralph because it is a lightweight tire and I should keep working the sealant around until it has a chance to seal the pin holes, otherwise I should use a different sealant (Orange Sealant) or put glitter in the Stans sealant.
I asked if they had a stronger tire and was told the Snake Skin variant has a lower TPI and should not have the same issue. So I guess I bought the wrong tire as I am more interested in making sure the tire holds air than it being super light. Maybe I should inflate the tire with helium .
Funny thing is I had this same problem with a couple Continental X-king tires. There were pin holes in the sidewall that the sealant was having trouble sealing. At that time I was told that since the tire wasn't certified as "tubless" that I had purchased the wrong tire. No big deal as the LBS said they would swap out the tire for a different one. So when I had the LBS order the Racing Ralph tires I assumed I'd be good to go.
So in the end I could have just stuck with the Continental Tires for half the price as they were no more defective than the $85 Tubeless Ready Racing Ralphs. Learn something new every day.
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