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Warm them up?

I've heard people having problems mounting their tires, saying some brands or models are made smaller than others... I dunno. Once in a while I'll have a tight fit and use my standard solution: put the tire in the sun until it warms up, expands a bit and becomes more pliable.
 

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I mounted Conti 4000s tires on Bontrager Race X Lite wheels - I had to use a tire lever to get the tire on the rim. While that ultimately worked, I ripped two Maxxis Flyweight tubes before I finally got the tires on the wheels.
 

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I've never had a problem getting Conti GP4000, GP400S, or Attack/Force tires on my Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels...and yet I once watched in morbid fascination as 5 different cyclists spent a total of 40 minutes trying to get a single GP3000 on to a Campy Euros wheel.

I'm not sure what we can learn from this anecdote, but there it is.
 

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Bob Ross said:
I've never had a problem getting Conti GP4000, GP400S, or Attack/Force tires on my Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels...and yet I once watched in morbid fascination as 5 different cyclists spent a total of 40 minutes trying to get a single GP3000 on to a Campy Euros wheel.

I'm not sure what we can learn from this anecdote, but there it is.
Not really anecdotal. Campy rims are notorious for tough tire mounting.

Our shop just had a devil of a time getting a Conti on an old Ambrosio clincher rim.

Finally, somebody I know suggested throwing the tire in the clothes dryer for a couple of minutes. Although, in case of a flat, a clothes dryer would really slow you down on the climbs. And you'd need a really long extension cord.:thumbsup:
 

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Use lots of talc

My standard solution when confronted with tight tires is to use lots of talc as a lub to make installation easier.

While there appears to be some contorversy on the board regarding talcing tubes, I always talc the inside of the tire and the tube before instalation. IMHO this just helps everything seat easier and keeps the tube from sticking to the inside of the tire. For tires that are a tight fit, I talc the outside and bottom of the bead area. This just makes the tire slippier, so it installs easier. Using this technique I have never had to resort to tire levers to install a tire.
 

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This is what you need http://www.crankbrothers.com/speedlever.php. This is one of my favorite tools. It makes mounting tires a sinch even onCampy rims. It only costs a few bucks. I have two - one I carry in my underseat bag, the other lives in my tool box.
 

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cldriver said:
I can't seem to get these tires to fit on my wheel, Bontrager Race Lite.
Is there some magic to this?
butch up and jam that sucker on there.

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Ken said:
The trick to mounting tight to fit tires is not to get too greedy in trying to force in too much of the tire at once. If you only go for an inch at a time eventually the tire will mount.
Believe me I tried, but the last 6 inches are nearly impossible. I was able to re-mount the Bontragre Race-x Lite tires without a problem, so its definitely an issue with the Conti's. Searching forums, it sounds like I'm not the only one with problems mounting these. :nonod:
 

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I had a real problem with Conti's 3K's on my Rolf's. I switched to Michellin and haven't had a prob ever again.
 

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ts103706 said:
Do you remember indian burns? I use a similar motion to that to get my GP3000's on. It makes it very easy and my fingers don't end up looking like Bocephus Jones II's.
not my fingers in that pic, but I have had that happen before trying to mount certain brands of wire bead tires. ouch!
 

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campy rims here and contie tires...
some are just a b!tc#.

+1 on the indian burn, roll it

had one set of hutchinsons that couldn't get on my velocity deep v rims
just took it to my shop after making my hands raw. took them a few and knowing me they raised an eyebrow when i brough in a tire to be mounted :p

i've snapped my share of levers with tough tires as well...

recommend getting the metal core, plastic shell SOMA lever. They rock! now if i could only find it...
 

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Mr. Versatile said:
This is what you need http://www.crankbrothers.com/speedlever.php. This is one of my favorite tools. It makes mounting tires a sinch even onCampy rims. It only costs a few bucks. I have two - one I carry in my underseat bag, the other lives in my tool box.
I used mine to put some GP4000's on my new Campy Scirrocos last night while watching TV, I had them both done in a commercial break each.
 
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