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    First step to successful tubeless conversion

    1) setup your rims with tape and stuff.
    2) mount tires up
    3) go nuts with the compressor
    4) wonder why the tire isn't seating even though it is ready to seat
    5) peel that tire off and see the 3 wires that were once inside your practically new Larry bead hanging way out of the casing.
    6) swear...a lot since you have no extra tires and live in the middle of the desert which means ordering a new tire and waiting for it to arrive etc.
    7) bye bye bike ride this weekend probably next too
    8) post on mtbr in a pseudo clever way.

    So is there a kevlar bead version? Seems the bead rusted there where the bead material was really thin. Probably from my previous attempt at tubeless conversion. Is the material that thin at the bead on all the tires or is this just an old tire or something.

    Maybe a nate next I guess. Wish they weren't so expensive. Hard to justify to the wife as it is.
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    Whoa, I just posted (a bit off topic) in the Fat Frame Innovation thread about how the bead wears quicker on fat tires ridden at low pressures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-reg View Post
    Whoa, I just posted (a bit off topic) in the Fat Frame Innovation thread about how the bead wears quicker on fat tires ridden at low pressures.
    Hmm I also think that the beads are really thin. I can see threads in my larry and I think it makes them weaker. If you have used tire irons on them I think it can greatly reduce their lifespan. Wish I hadn't as it seems that Surly tires are really low stock at QBP currently. Nothing in the Kevlar bead as far as a Larry or a Nate that I could find. Like to shop through my LBS.
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