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Are there any tubeless plugs out there that people are using with success?

I have a set of Light Bicycle wheels and the tires are on there so tight I couldn’t even get a tire lever under the bead and had to cut the tire off to get it off. The tire was worn so I was throwing it away anyway but that wouldn’t work trail side if I got a flat.

I was thinking plugs instead of tape might make reduce the overall diameter enough to make easier. I’ve changed hundreds of tires on dozens of wheelsets, not an issue of technique.
 

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My Roval Traverse SL 29 wheelset has that option. I've been using it with no issues so far.

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I've never had this issue with any other wheels, even other LB builds
How many tires have you tried on this wheel? It could be that it's on the upper edge of the tolerance, or the tires were on the lower end of the tolerance, or both simultaneously.

Do you have other tires (even old ones) that you could try on and see if the problem keeps presenting itself?

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How many tires have you tried on this wheel? It could be that it's on the upper edge of the tolerance, or the tires were on the lower end of the tolerance, or both simultaneously.

Do you have other tires (even old ones) that you could try on and see if the problem keeps presenting itself?

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It's a CX wheelset and I've tried a WTB Nano and WTB riddler 37c on the rear wheel and a Riddler 45c on the front wheel. All 3 I've had to cut off. Again, worn out so no big deal, but I fear the day I get a flat on the trails. I got a slash 3 miles from home that was too big for sealant. Wife had to pick me up.
 

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Ouch! I can see that it does appear to be a recurring problem. Perhaps the wheelset is on the upper end of the acceptable tolerance, or maybe even above it.

I'm afraid I haven't faced such an issue before, and I don't have advice I could share. The only things that come to mind are tire plugs and a good set of tire levers with metal cores.

An email to GMBN Tech or GCN Tech could yield results if nothing else comes up here.

Good luck!

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It's a CX wheelset and I've tried a WTB Nano and WTB riddler 37c on the rear wheel and a Riddler 45c on the front wheel. All 3 I've had to cut off. Again, worn out so no big deal, but I fear the day I get a flat on the trails. I got a slash 3 miles from home that was too big for sealant. Wife had to pick me up.
Dam. My DTs are not that bad. I can still get the tire off but it's a lot of work. Maxxis I can do almost by hand. Bonti takes may may cus words. And now I run mainly Bonti.

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Dam. My DTs are not that bad. I can still get the tire off but it's a lot of work. Maxxis I can do almost by hand. Bonti takes may may cus words. And now I run mainly Bonti.

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Yeah the DT wheels the bike came with are pretty tight. Broke a Pedro's lever on them. I wasn't aware of metal core levers. Any one you could recommend?
 

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I've had success dismounting a impossible tire by using soapy lube, same as if I were mounting it. whole bead both sides you can squeeze that last millimeter out of the thing and fork it over. of course using gloves so you can still wrestle with it
 

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Seems counterintuitive to me having 24, 28 or 32 single points of failure compared to an overlapped wrap or two of tape on the inner part of the rim...

I've never had an issue using Stan's or 3m tape on any of my tubeless wheel sets (running a mix of rims: Bontrager, LB, Nextie and all the rest Arch, ArchEX, Crest, Flow and FlowEX).
 
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