So, I feel somewhat stupid even asking this, but at the same time am curious as to why I am having this problem. I have a 2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc, still has the stock wheels.
I want to put on a set of Forte Metro-K tires from PBK, they are 26 x 1.25. For some reason, I am completely unable to get the tire onto the wheel. I have changed plenty of tires in the past, but am stuck with this one. I get it all the way on one side, then get about 75% of the tire on the other side, and that is it. The tire is so tight, that no amount of forcing, leverage, etc works. I gave up for fear of damaging my rims.
I have had these tires on my wifes Specialized Mkya, also a 2009 with the stock wheels. While it was tough putting them on, I could get them on. The only difference is I have disc brakes, and she does not.
So, what gives?