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Can't get Tyres on my Rims...

paulboxpaulbox Posts: 1,203
edited April 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
I know this is pretty pathetic, so sorry for that... :oops:

I'm converting my old MB in to a commuter, bought some Continental Sport Contact Reflex Tyres (26x1.3) to improve ability on the road but I just can't get them on to my rims (Mavic 717).

I even decided to risk a tube and tried levering them on without any luck.

Am I doing something stupid? Are these tyres designed for slimmer rims?
XC: Giant Anthem X
Fun: Yeti SB66
Road: Litespeed C1, Cannondale Supersix Evo, Cervelo R5
Trainer: Bianchi via Nirone
Hack: GT hardtail with Schwalbe City Jets

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    make sure you are getting the beads into the well of the rim.

    should go on OK.
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  • BignigeBignige Posts: 223
    Copius amounts of soapy water works for me..............great for fitting stubborn tyres as well !! :D
    Ride it like you stole it.........Yeah Baby!!!

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  • weeksy59weeksy59 Posts: 2,606
    hot water would help as would putting them on a radiator.
  • frogstompfrogstomp Posts: 412
    It may be obvious but.. fit one bead at a time.. and as mentioned make sure the bead sits in the well of the rim for less tension..
  • paulboxpaulbox Posts: 1,203
    Thanks for the tips, will give it another go tomorrow.
    XC: Giant Anthem X
    Fun: Yeti SB66
    Road: Litespeed C1, Cannondale Supersix Evo, Cervelo R5
    Trainer: Bianchi via Nirone
    Hack: GT hardtail with Schwalbe City Jets
  • I've got similar Conti Sport Contact tyres on my hybrid (700c x 28 ) and they're a pig to get on, I managed eventually to get them on at home but the thought of messing about fixing a puncture out on the road made me go out and buy one of these

    http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product.asp? ... rc=froogle

    I've used it twice now and it work a treat.
  • paulboxpaulbox Posts: 1,203
    I'm glad someone else has had this problem... I don't feel quite so... :oops:

    I haven't had chance to have another go at the tyres, but I'm liking the look of that tool, will get one ordered. Thanks very much!
    XC: Giant Anthem X
    Fun: Yeti SB66
    Road: Litespeed C1, Cannondale Supersix Evo, Cervelo R5
    Trainer: Bianchi via Nirone
    Hack: GT hardtail with Schwalbe City Jets
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