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OK, after all this time I switched to a tubeless set-up. I have Mavic 823 with Hutchinson BullDogs mounted. Can some one give me advice on how to remove my tires with out damaging the rims or tires?:madman:
 

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Deflate and then pop the bead on both sides. Sometimes you can get part of the bead over the rim and sometimes not. If not, get a plastic tire iron and get part of the bead over the rim. Do this easily and just enough to get the iron underneath the bead once outside the rim. Then just move the tire iron around the get alll of the bead off.
 

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Make sure that when yo are trying to pull the tire off, you are starting at the valve. That way the other side of the tire can pull into the rim. It's a lot harder if you start at the other side.
 

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OK, after all this time I switched to a tubeless set-up. I have Mavic 823 with Hutchinson BullDogs mounted. Can some one give me advice on how to remove my tires with out damaging the rims or tires?
Levers? Levers? We Don't Need No Stinking Levers!

Especially with UST/Tubeless tires you need to break the bead loose before you can pull the tire off the rim. Use your thumbs or the heel of your palm to press the tire toward the middle of the rim and away from the bead. Do both sides. Then you can move the tire beads into the center channel of the rim.
 

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Thanks.. My major problem is trying to pop the bead. I will try more force. I wasn't sure if there was any thing else to do or not. I'm glad I am trying this at home before I get in the woods!
 

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Thanks.. My major problem is trying to pop the bead. I will try more force. I wasn't sure if there was any thing else to do or not. I'm glad I am trying this at home before I get in the woods!
Just push hard, sideways, at one spot. I like to rest the wheel flat on the top of a plastic garbage can for support.

I made a video on tire removal/mounting I need to edit and post (maybe next week).
 

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when tubeless tire removal is impossible

OK, after all this time I switched to a tubeless set-up. I have Mavic 823 with Hutchinson BullDogs mounted. Can some one give me advice on how to remove my tires with out damaging the rims or tires?:madman:
There are circumstances in which tire removal is effectively impossible, and the only option is to cut the tire off. I had mounted a Maxxis High Roller on a Bontrager rim (which has a reputation for being a tight fit), and of course used Stan's, several times, before the tire was worn out. When I went to try to push the beads to the center of the rim, one thumb started bleeding from applying extreme pressure. Turns out that the tight fit, and the glue-like property of Stan's, made moving the beads impossible. So, I slit the tire all the way around on both sides, then used a carpet knife to cut the kevlar bead on each side (slightly dinging the inside of the rim in the process). A little emery cloth cleaned things up.

This maintenance headache makes me ask: are tubeless tires REALLY such a great idea? Other than weight, are they any better than a non-tubeless tire and a slime tube?
 

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There are circumstances in which tire removal is effectively impossible, and the only option is to cut the tire off. I had mounted a Maxxis High Roller on a Bontrager rim (which has a reputation for being a tight fit), and of course used Stan's, several times, before the tire was worn out. When I went to try to push the beads to the center of the rim, one thumb started bleeding from applying extreme pressure. Turns out that the tight fit, and the glue-like property of Stan's, made moving the beads impossible. So, I slit the tire all the way around on both sides, then used a carpet knife to cut the kevlar bead on each side (slightly dinging the inside of the rim in the process). A little emery cloth cleaned things up.

This maintenance headache makes me ask: are tubeless tires REALLY such a great idea? Other than weight, are they any better than a non-tubeless tire and a slime tube?
Thanks for dredging up a thread that was last posted to in 7-2009
 

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There are circumstances in which tire removal is effectively impossible, and the only option is to cut the tire off. I had mounted a Maxxis High Roller on a Bontrager rim (which has a reputation for being a tight fit), and of course used Stan's, several times, before the tire was worn out. When I went to try to push the beads to the center of the rim, one thumb started bleeding from applying extreme pressure. Turns out that the tight fit, and the glue-like property of Stan's, made moving the beads impossible. So, I slit the tire all the way around on both sides, then used a carpet knife to cut the kevlar bead on each side (slightly dinging the inside of the rim in the process). A little emery cloth cleaned things up.

This maintenance headache makes me ask: are tubeless tires REALLY such a great idea? Other than weight, are they any better than a non-tubeless tire and a slime tube?
Thanks for dredging up a thread that was last posted to in 7-2009
Tubeless has come such a long way since then. Stans does not seal much anymore with it's new enviro formula. Also, most rims now a days are tubeless compatible.
 

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Use a swivel pad pliers

I use a Swivel Pad Lock Grip Pliers to pop the bead and to get the tire iron underneath. The pliers were purchased at Harbor Freight Tools for about $8. It is basically a vice grips with a C clamp for the jaws and two flat pads for the jaw grip. The pads clamp on either side of the tire and force the beads to pop off. If not, just tilt it to one side and the bead will be pulled out even further. I also use it to pull the tire up so I can place a tire iron underneath.

Attached are some pictures of the pliers. I got is a 11" pliers and the mouth opens big enough for a 2.3" tire. It should handle bigger tires but I have no idea how big.

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Thanks for dredging up a thread that was last posted to in 7-2009
Oh please. If the mods wanted, they could automatically lock threads after a specified interval.

It was _because_ of that necrobump that I saved my Schwalbes from getting cut off.

I use a Swivel Pad Lock Grip Pliers to pop the bead and to get the tire iron underneath. The pliers were purchased at Harbor Freight Tools for about $8. It is basically a vice grips with a C clamp for the jaws and two flat pads for the jaw grip. The pads clamp on either side of the tire and force the beads to pop off. If not, just tilt it to one side and the bead will be pulled out even further. I also use it to pull the tire up so I can place a tire iron underneath.

Attached are some pictures of the pliers. I got is a 11" pliers and the mouth opens big enough for a 2.3" tire. It should handle bigger tires but I have no idea how big.
Thanks so much for this.

I didn't even notice this was mainly an MTB forum (and I see you only came here to give that tip), but this was the only way I could get my Marathon Supreme 35C MicroSkins off of my Pro-Lite Revo A21Ws. Not even stepping on the tyres would get them off the bead.

I was honestly thinking about slitting the tyres throughout before trying the Swivel Pad C-Clamps.

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