Same for me. Got fed up with Shwalbe inconsistency. Bonty's ALWAYS seat with a few pumps; they don't even need soap/water or indeed any sealant to get them inflated. They will hold pressure completely dry for 24hrs. Plus they are slightly tougher and £15 cheaper.
XR2 or XR3 in 2.2 for...
The non Tlrs go up with a track pump. The Tlrs cost me a co2 cartridge.
I do have a new TLR nic in the shed - maybe I should try that first.... I'm not sure I have the will power....
Can't say I've had any more problems seating schwalbe than any other tyre really. Mind you, I do cheat these days & use the Nobbyflator VII.
I've still got non TLR (and TLR) Ralphs if you do want to try another one? I don't get how you can be 'too nervous' to put one on the front, they've got more aggressive tread on the shoulders than a Ron!
Thanks for the offer - but are any snakeskin?
Definitely give the Ralphs a go! You'll surprise yourself
I can't say anything bad about getting Schwalbe tyres to seat. If you have a decent technique to setting up tubeless then they are no harder than anything else. Never had one I couldn't get on with a track pump.
Conversely, the Bonty tyres I've had in the past go on reasonably well but seem to lose the integrity of the bead (it seems to stretch somehow and go a bit floppy) which means they start becoming a liability for popping off before the tread has come to the end of its life. I guess different rims might factor in here but that is just my experience. Yes, they tend to have thicker sidewalls but with considerable weight gain over the equivalent Schwalbe. Given how cheap Schwalbe are in the German stores price isn't a factor anymore either.
I would really give the Ralphs a try. If it is dry to mostly dry then you can ride anywhere with more than enough grip, certainly Gorrick style terrain. I rode a couple of hours last night in Cotswold slop on RR front and rear and despite a few interesting moments (I wouldn't normally using them for such wet trail but was too lazy to swap tyres) the Ralphs are remarkably capable. A Nobby Nic won't add anything over a Ralph besides weight and maybe some mental relief Snakeskin is also unnecessary as most people tend to get cuts to the tread area where both types of carcass are identical. The normal casing might get scuffed up quicker than a Bonty tyre but you'd be very unlikely to have a catastrophic failure.
Normal Ralph is the way to go!
If you really can't mentally get around the idea of a Ralph then a cut Bonty Mud-X is a very left field option although it will be quite a bit slower rolling than the Ralph, even with the central knobs trimmed...
Ralph snakeskin £29 on bikediscount.de
£28 on R2-Bike and they'll even pick the lightest tyre from stock for you for free... break out the inner weenie!
Buy another tyre or some other Weightweenie bling to bring the basket above EUR50, then free shipping. I can always find stuff to buy on R2-Bike
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