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    HELP!!!Tubeless tire installation!!!

    I bought two new tubeless tires last month. The tires are CONTINENTAL BARON, and my rims are ZTR PODIUM MMX. Theoretically they should be perfectly fit with each other. But the truth is that I can't get them into my rims. They are so tight, I've never seen any tire tighter than that. I worked with my friend on it and we tried extremely hard but we still can't make it. I'm freaking out now. Can anyone help? I haven't ride for the whole month because of this.




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    By chance....did you buy the cheap wire bead version (i.e. non-folding)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by osmarandsara View Post
    By chance....did you buy the cheap wire bead version (i.e. non-folding)?
    yea....they are non-folding...is that really matter?

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    Bingo.
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    no not bingo., my continentals are folding and are tight as hell to get on. i have to lever them on with a steel screw driver that has been taped to protect the rim. plastic tire lever is too weak for them. probably a trait of continental.

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    I had to use heavy duty zip ties to hold the tire on the rim and lever them into place before. Get as much of the tire on as possible and zip tie really tight just behind the spots where the tire is off the rim. This helps to keep the tire from "walking" off the rim. A really good plastic tire lever helps. I've got one that has a notch on the end that grabs the rim.

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    I got a Race King and it was tighter than the Bontys I am used to.

    Always lube up everything with a spray bottle of soapy water first, then make sure the beads are down in the channel in the center of the rim all the way around.

    Looking at this, I am wondering if yours is really tubeless?
    Continental Bicycle -*Der Baron

    Still, you should be able to get them over the rim I would think.

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    Lube. You need more. And leverage for helping you seat that last section of bead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post



    Lube lube lube and lube a bit more and use the above bad boy to get it in. You will make it eventually.

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    Yep, impossible without 2 tire levers. One to hold in place what is already on the rim the other to push the final balance in in place. Easy once you have done it a few times.

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    HELP!!!Tubeless tire installation!!!

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    Make and model please mate?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brockwan View Post
    Make and model please mate?


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    Just google mountain bike tire lever... Dozens of options will appear.

    I prefer the Crank Brother version. Just make sure you buy 2. On sale here:

    Crank Brothers Speedier Lever | Crank Brothers | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brockwan View Post
    Make and model please mate?


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    Pedros DH tire lever. Love 'em.
    Nothing you want to carry around in your pack most likely, but as a shop tool, 100000 times better than some little plastic thing.

    Pedro's Downhill Tire Lever | BicycleBuys.com

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    HELP!!!Tubeless tire installation!!!

    Cheers both. Yeah the plastic ones are no good on mine.


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    I guess I am still hung up using a wire bead tire tubeless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brockwan View Post
    Cheers both. Yeah the plastic ones are no good on mine.


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    The only problem with the Pedros ones is they tend to find their way into your buddies' toolboxes.

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    HELP!!!Tubeless tire installation!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    The only problem with the Pedros ones is they tend to find their way into your buddies' toolboxes.
    They can join the rest of my tools then ha!


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