do you know about the groove in the centre of the rim? Just in case you don’t look for a groove or a depression in the centre of the rim, get the bead on the opposite side to where you’re trying to get the last few inches on in that groove and that should give you a additional extra few mm you need to get the bead on. Will still be tight but doable.
Since I learned this it’s been much easier.Posted 4 months agoajantomMember
Stan’s rims tend to be a bugger fit wise – think they’re slightly over sized to get a good tight seal with non-tubeless tyres.
Arch EXs with WTB tyres were almost impossible.
On the other hand Flow EXs with WTB tyres that had been used (so loosened off a bit) were fine.
I fitted some XR4s on to WTB i25 rims last week and they went on very easily!Posted 4 months agomulv1976Member
Had horrendous trouble getting WTB tyres on and off, snapped levers, pinched tubes and eventually gave up. This device got them on first time.Posted 4 months agomartinhutchSubscriber
Must admit, Xr4/3/2 onto Arch Ex tested my patience.
TBH though, it improved my lever/fitting technique no end. Fitted a new XR3 straight out of the wrapper last week and it was far less bother, despite being no slacker than the last one.
I use Park Tool levers. Snapped about five other ones getting the first set on, and properly mangled my rim decals.
Top tip. Heat it on a radiator for a couple of hours, then sneak up on it while it’s asleep. 😀Posted 4 months agoscotroutesSubscriber
Proper Stans tape is thin and shiny. That makes quite a difference.
My favoured technique is as follows;
Hold the wheel horizontal, valve furthest from you.Posted 4 months ago
Jam the freewheel/cassette against the edge of a work bench.
Install the bit of bead nearest you and press against it with your stomach. This should mean you now have two free hands.
Work the bead into the well of the rim, starting at your stomach and going evenly round with both hands, pushing all the “slack” towards the valve.
It will now pop on with thumb pressure, no tools required.andy4dSubscriber
My xr4 were a bugger to get onto my mavic rims. After a good fight they went on 😳 but the rear has a fair wobble to it now. Not sure if I damaged/stretched it getting them on or if it is faulty. That said I cannot be arsed trying to get them off again. Hope I never get a flat cos they ain’t coming off trailside. Any suggestions to removing the wobble on the tyre that does not involve removing a tyre 😀 ?Posted 4 months agobelugabobMember
Another useful tool, for tight tyres is this bad boy
It does, as mentioned above, lead to the “how do I get the tyre off, whilst out on the trails?” question.
+1 for the wobbly tyre being due to it not being seated in the rim properly. There should be a tiny line moulded into the rubber, that should be just visible above the rim, when seated properly. If any part of this line dips out of sight, a bit more pressure should pop things into place.Posted 4 months ago
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