Well I've been MTB'ing for 24 years & I have a question…
Sitting the as much of the tyre as possible in the central well of the rim is the most important thing for manipulating a tight tyre, regardless of levers.
For a real brute of a tubeless tyre you should finish at the valve.
As for the levers themselves, I guess techniques differ, but a sort of rapid chivvying on without excessive force is how I do it. Firm persuasion, not futile heaving on the levers.Posted 2 months agorickonwheelsMember
I have Pedros they are really chunky so hopefully less likely to break, but more importantly bright colours rather than black – this means when you are in the dark woods in the pouring rain fixing a puncture you can actually find them again after you’ve dropped them. This has been a revelation for me. So will going tubeless no doubt.Posted 2 months agomolgripsSubscriber
It’s not that hard to do without levers. There’s a knack to it.
All the bead has to be in the well of the rim, otherwise you’ve got no chance. And you have to make sure you’ve worked your way around the rim gathering slack. And for refitting, there’s a technique of pushing the bead on.
I don’t carry levers, not sure I could find any. Last time I needed some I think was about ten years ago when I had some wire beaded Gatorskins on the road bike. Well, I say needed – I fixed a puncture on the roadside without them, but I wished I’d had some as it was a right struggle.Posted 2 months agoStevet1Member
I’ve some random metal levers but haven’t needed to use them in an age. Maybe road tyres are harder to get on than MTB?Posted 2 months ago
They are excellent however for dis-assembling children’s play equipment when they have those barbed and slotted joints so that’s what they get used for these days.neilc1881Subscriber
I thought I was reasonably competent at changing tyres and setting up tubeless until I got stranded the other day on my 27.5+. First time it’d got a flat and managed to break a pair of blue park levers trying to get the thing off the bead – and I think my fingers are reasonably strong (climbing), normally don’t need levers. It was cold out but I couldn’t get the tyre off at all (WTB trailblazer on Charge 40mm rims).
Took me about 3 tries to get a tube in without it pinching, tried setting up tubeless but it’s that tight it splits the tape in the well of the rim. Steel levers are the only option in this case!
Bit of a hijack but anyone got any experience of good rim/tyre combos for 27.5+? Ideally tubeless and not too pricey!Posted 2 months ago
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.