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    Tires for Sun Rhyno Lite Rims

    Anyone have recommendations for general XC tires for the Sun Rhyno Lite rims? Mounting most tires on these rims seems nearly impossible - I've managed to mount Panaracer XC Fire Pros with my bare hands, but any other tires (i.e. Kendas) are impossible to mount, even with my Park TL-10 shop-rated tire lever tool. The rim's shallow profile seems to be the root cause for difficult mounting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kzoo_cyclist
    Anyone have recommendations for general XC tires for the Sun Rhyno Lite rims? Mounting most tires on these rims seems nearly impossible - I've managed to mount Panaracer XC Fire Pros with my bare hands, but any other tires (i.e. Kendas) are impossible to mount, even with my Park TL-10 shop-rated tire lever tool. The rim's shallow profile seems to be the root cause for difficult mounting...
    Use a thin rim tape. Fiber reinforced packing tape is my favorite. This helps more than anything else.

    Generally avoid Ritchey tires. I have had no real issues with most others, but it can vary from model to model.
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    Rhyno Lites are notorious for being difficult to mount tires. For starters, if your using cloth rim tape (like Velox) remove it and use 1/2" strapping tape. This will give you a little more room for mounting tires. Besides that, the best tool I've used over the years for difficult tires is the Kool Stop Tire Jack.

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    What about Continental tires? Same fit issue?

    LBS has some welded Rhyno Lites and a few MTX's for cheap. Should I just get the MTX's to avoid the rim-fit issue?

    Tom P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by one piece crank
    What about Continental tires? Same fit issue?

    LBS has some welded Rhyno Lites and a few MTX's for cheap. Should I just get the MTX's to avoid the rim-fit issue?

    Tom P.
    The MTX is a 33mm wide full fledged DH rim...what type of riding do you intend to do?

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    Sorry for the confuson - I typed MTX, but I meant to type Singletrack!

    Will either/both Rhyno Lite or Singletrack have the tire-fit issue?

    Tom P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by one piece crank
    Sorry for the confuson - I typed MTX, but I meant to type Singletrack!

    Will either/both Rhyno Lite or Singletrack have the tire-fit issue?

    Tom P.
    Singletracks (which are also a DH rim) are easy to mount tires on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by one piece crank
    Sorry for the confuson - I typed MTX, but I meant to type Singletrack!

    Will either/both Rhyno Lite or Singletrack have the tire-fit issue?

    Tom P.
    Singletrack is wider and a tad heavier (~40 grams) than the Rhynolite but lighter and narrower than the MTX...kind of falls in between the two. As Shiggy mentioned, it is much easier to mount tires on than the Rhynolite.

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    ok, is there any advantage to the Rhyno Lite over the SIngletrack?

    This is going on a SS play bike do-it-all:
    - 32-hole wheel + 2.4" tire
    - light freeride, skatepark, rocky technical singletrack

    I have a set of DH wheels, so I do no what anythng heavier-duty than the Rhyno Lite or SIngletrack.

    Tom P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by one piece crank
    ok, is there any advantage to the Rhyno Lite over the SIngletrack?

    This is going on a SS play bike do-it-all:
    - 32-hole wheel + 2.4" tire
    - light freeride, skatepark, rocky technical singletrack

    I have a set of DH wheels, so I do no what anythng heavier-duty than the Rhyno Lite or SIngletrack.

    Tom P.
    Rhyno Lite...40 grams less and you can run V-brakes on them

    Singletrack...mounting, changing, and fixing tires/flats doesn't contribute to your overall stress in life


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