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i just broke 3 tire levers, scratched up my rim and kept ripping wholes in the tube trying to get it back on

tried soap and water too

wtf
 

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the deeper the drop channel in the middle of the rim and/or the thinner the rim tape, the easier it will be. To get a tire bead to slip over the rim you have to make sure the opposite side of the tire from the section you are working on is not seated against the side of the rim but is sitting in the middle of the rim where it is deeper. This moves the section of tire you are working on further out from the rim so it can go on easier. The less you can move the tire like this, the more you are basically trying to stretch the tire bead to fit over the rim, and tire beads are not designed to stretch
 

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Once, I watched a guy on Youtube put a tire on a rim using his bare hands only. Then, I almost amputated several fingers trying to do the same.

I can't help you though, I'll never set a world record, but with a little patience, I get the tire on and haven't broken a lever yet.
 

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BigSharks said:
Once, I watched a guy on Youtube put a tire on a rim using his bare hands only. Then, I almost amputated several fingers trying to do the same.

I can't help you though, I'll never set a world record, but with a little patience, I get the tire on and haven't broken a lever yet.
Certain combinations can certainly be tight, especially once you get into tubeless products, but for an average tire/rim combo it is no special feat at all to never use a lever. I learned the technique from the first link in shiggy's post and I have not used a lever in a couple years now.
 

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This is like the third post in a week about tight tires, I hand mount all my tires and never had a problem except for needing a little tweak with a lever to get dual ply DH tires all the way on. Maybe you can post your install procedure so we can see where all these posters are going wrong.

You are aware the tire bead needs to be in the drop centre of the rim to get it on right?:skep:
 

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4JawChuck said:
This is like the third post in a week about tight tires, I hand mount all my tires and never had a problem except for needing a little tweak with a lever to get dual ply DH tires all the way on. Maybe you can post your install procedure so we can see where all these posters are going wrong.

You are aware the tire bead needs to be in the drop centre of the rim to get it on right?:skep:
My earlier reply has several links on the proper techniques.
 

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If you have to use tools you are doing it wrong. As pointed out above just make sure the opposite side of where you are working the bead is pulled to the center, lowest, section
of the rim.

Works every time.
 

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Sun Rhyno Lites and wire bead tires are a bad combo! Prepare to sweat putting tires on these rims.

I've since switched to folding tires and never going back to wire bead (unless I find a good deal for my cheap bikes).
 

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The reason tires go on to a rim so tightly is so that when you're riding this:


You don't want this to happen:
 

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Tubeless beads are usually tighter. Are they new tires? Once you put them on, inflate them to the max pressure. It will loosen them up some. It depends largely on the tire and rim.
 
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