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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:

    Beer:30 PM.

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