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Got my front wheel rebuilt last night thatnks to (a certain 29"er wheelbuilder) selling me a new rim and shipping it to kuwait....

It _-IS-_ possible to build a wheel in the middle of the desert, using nothing more than the upside-down frame as a workstand, a spoke wrench and a leatherman multi-tool! It's not exactly centered but it'll do till I get home and get it into my Park TS-1.

The entire process whent rather smoothly until it became time to put my rin strip on... WOOPS no rim-strip... DOUuuuu. Okay, duct tape to the rescue!

Then came the HAD part: I fought for over an hour trying to get the WTB ExiWolf tire's bead to seat on the hook of the WTB SpeedDisc rim it just would NOT seat.

Finally in desperation, I lubed the bead with more Ice Wax, screwed on a presta to Schrader adaptor and walked the wheel over to the motor-pool where I was determined to either blow the frickin tire off the rim or seat the frickin' bead once and for all.

At about 65 PSI one side popped into place, and at about 80 (yes _eighty_) the last section seated with a resounding "POP".
 

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A millitary base (as I'm presuming) seems to be a somewhat unappropriate place to blow a tire off a rim :)

I have a wheel with WTB Speedmaster rim, and WTB tires are super-hard NOT to blow off it.

Props for daring to go 80psi. I never would dar that. Have given up on tires because I couldn't get them seated anymore.
 

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Cloxxki said:
A millitary base (as I'm presuming) seems to be a somewhat unappropriate place to blow a tire off a rim :)
The Motor Pool is an area wher loud noises are expected..... and with the Sand Storm howling at 50knots sustained winds sound does not travel far ;-)

Props for daring to go 80psi. I never would dar that.
It was an act of desperation.
Either it was going to seat or I was going to have to unlace the rear and front rims and switch them so I could continue to run the ExiWolf in the front on the Alex rim and move the WTB Speed Disc to the rear and run a MutanoRaptor in the back.

I just hope I dont get a flat on the wrong side of the base because it could be a long (10Km) walk back.

Have given up on tires because I couldn't get them seated anymore.
I was almost at that point, but the Mutano's are not really suited for the riding conditions here, even as a rear tire... I need as much volume for flotation over the sand as I can get! Especially with all the blowing and drifting sand we've had recently.
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IT3 said:
Then came the HAD part: I fought for over an hour trying to get the WTB ExiWolf tire's bead to seat on the hook of the WTB SpeedDisc rim it just would NOT seat.

Finally in desperation, I lubed the bead with more Ice Wax, screwed on a presta to Schrader adaptor and walked the wheel over to the motor-pool where I was determined to either blow the frickin tire off the rim or seat the frickin' bead once and for all.

At about 65 PSI one side popped into place, and at about 80 (yes _eighty_) the last section seated with a resounding "POP".
Wow. I cringe when I take tires past *30* psi, having had them blow off at that psi before.

I had trouble putting a new Exi onto a freshly laced WTB SD rim, but once the tire was used a few times it went on and off smoothly. Without need for 80psi, that is...

Glad you got it and are back in bizness.

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I am guessing the duct tape is the issue. I will bet the tire bead is sort of sticking to the soft tape (I do not mean the sticky side).

I use the fiber reinforced strapping tape on all my wheels.
 

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I am guessing the duct tape is the issue. I will bet the tire bead is sort of sticking to the soft tape (I do not mean the sticky side).
Probly not, I cut it into a very thin long strip the width of the inner (deep) channel to cover the nipple heads, the bead itself was sitting on the "bead hook shelf" for lack of the proper term much higher than the inner channel.

I use the fiber reinforced strapping tape on all my wheels.
Hmmmm...... thanks for tip :thumbsup:
I've always used Velox tape, or old tubes carefully trimmed and valve stems cut out.

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shiggy said:
I am guessing the duct tape is the issue. I will bet the tire bead is sort of sticking to the soft tape (I do not mean the sticky side).

I use the fiber reinforced strapping tape on all my wheels.
i don't think it's a tape problem. to wit, i've seen nate at monkey wrench cycles (aka 'cursivearmy') drive himself just about mad trying to mount an exi on one of those new wtb wheels. he was not happy...

it seems there are some sizing compatibility issues with at least some of the new wtb rims.
 
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