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    Continental Trail King Tires 2.2 - Hard to mount?

    I picked up a pair of Continental Trail King Tires 2.2

    I haven't had such a hard time mounting a bicycle tire in years!

    Is it me or these tires?

    I mount motorcycle tires and these tires rival the motorcycle tires. It feels like the bead is 1/4". I've mounted mtb tires without tools. I broke a plastic tire iron, bent an aluminum one, and when there is a struggle, tubes get pinched. I can't remember the last time I pinched a bike tube.

    Possible suspects... The rims are Mavic 559x17 with cloth rim tape. Perhaps the rim tape is too thick? Or the rims are too narrow.

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    I didnt have any trouble with mine. Might be the rim tape.

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    Lube the beads with some soapy water. Just turn your head when you inflate.
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    Continental Trail King Tires 2.2 - Hard to mount?

    Quote Originally Posted by KevXR View Post
    I picked up a pair of Continental Trail King Tires 2.2

    I haven't had such a hard time mounting a bicycle tire in years!

    Is it me or these tires?

    I mount motorcycle tires and these tires rival the motorcycle tires. It feels like the bead is 1/4". I've mounted mtb tires without tools. I broke a plastic tire iron, bent an aluminum one, and when there is a struggle, tubes get pinched. I can't remember the last time I pinched a bike tube.

    Possible suspects... The rims are Mavic 559x17 with cloth rim tape. Perhaps the rim tape is too thick? Or the rims are too narrow.
    Get rid of the cloth rim tape.
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    Removed the cloth tape and used duct tape. Added some baby powder. Round 2.

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    It might be obvious but make sure the bead is in the trough on the opposite side of the rim when you try and pull the last 20cm or so of bead onto the rim.

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    Continental Trail King Tires 2.2 - Hard to mount?

    I have problems with them too. I had them on Mavic 819 rims. Extremely tight. I switched out to tubeless protection XKings and they mounted fine on the same rim. You're not alone with your experience.

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    I feel like Edward Scissor Hands, the Bike Mechanic. Pinched 3 (Performance) tubes. I could have been using switch blades and done a better job.

    The old tires were WTB EnduroRaptors that were dissolving. The rims might have been very sticky, bad match for really sticky new tires.

    Cleaned the rims, removed the rim tape, used duct tape. Added some baby powder to make the tube slide in the tire and less friction on the grip. Installed without any tools... as it should be with bike tires:

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    I'm having the same problem with some Trail Kings on a 29er Bontrager Rythm Pro rim. Not even close to going on!

    What'd you end up doing?

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    I'm having this issue with these tires too. These are so hard to get on my rims that I couldn't fix a flat without damaging the tubes = walked the bike home. Talk about feeling like a rookie! I've never had even close to this much trouble getting these tires on. Has anyone tried stretching the beads to get a little more slack? Understand there are tricks for getting the tire on if you are in your garage and have access to baby power, soapy water, dynamite, etc., but what about if you are out on the trail??? Any tricks of the trade would be greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjking2112 View Post
    I'm having this issue with these tires too. These are so hard to get on my rims that I couldn't fix a flat without damaging the tubes = walked the bike home. Talk about feeling like a rookie! I've never had even close to this much trouble getting these tires on. Has anyone tried stretching the beads to get a little more slack? Understand there are tricks for getting the tire on if you are in your garage and have access to baby power, soapy water, dynamite, etc., but what about if you are out on the trail??? Any tricks of the trade would be greatly appreciated!
    When you are attempting to install a tube, break the bead off the rim on both sides (obviously still keep the tire on the wheel). Trying to pull the tire on one side with the bead seated on the other is going to be super difficult with these tires. With the bead unseated on both ends, you can have the sidewall pulled in to the center of the rim (the smallest diameter on the rim) while pulling the other side of the tire over the rim lip.

    If setting up tubeless with an air compressor, this is also the easiest route. If you're trying to set up tubeless with a floor pump, and installing the tire with one side already seated on the bead, then brake out the dish soap and bandaids - be prepared to get bloody.

    Source: I've gone through 4 of these tires, they are worth the hassle.

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    A couple days ago I mounted a Trail King 650b 2.2" tire on my front rim. It was my first time replacing a bike tire ever. It wasn't too difficult. I used 2 tire levers. At first I wasn't sure I could do it. Read someone mention putting baby powder along the bead might help. I used a tiny amount of corn starch or flour (not sure which) from the kitchen. After that and paying attention to technique, it went pretty easy.

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    I just mounted one on KOM's no problem. I didn't even use levers to get it on or off.
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    I had a Conti 29 x 2.2 X King that was super tight on a Roval carbon wheel. After finally getting the pinched tube stuffed in, I realized that there was a leak in the tube. It dropped about 1psi per hour. I just reinflated the tire for each ride. After 3 weeks changed the tube and the tire seemed like normal fit. Bead seemed to stretch after tire mounted for a few weeks. Not the first time Conti tires have seemed tight for me.

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    tough one

    i too mounted a pair of conti kings onto a set of Blunts, and man I never had such a hard time with any other tire. Basically took a lot of force
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    FvCK these tires! Hardest ever to mount on the rim. Finally got them mounted, and Stan's is leaking thru the sidewalls!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skelldify View Post
    FvCK these tires! Hardest ever to mount on the rim. Finally got them mounted, and Stan's is leaking thru the sidewalls!!
    What kind of rims?

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