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Mounting a tubeless ready tire on a non-tubeless rim (700c)

Old 05-04-16, 08:45 AM
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Mounting a tubeless ready tire on a non-tubeless rim (700c)

I need a new rear tire for a 700c wheel I will be using for the Dirty Kanza gravel ride. The rim (Vuelta Pro XRP) is an regular old style that I use tubes with.

The tire I am considering buying is a Teravail Cannonball 700x38 which is 'tubeless ready'.

I have never used tubeless wheels/tires (and don't plan to in the near future) and my understanding is that the tubeless tire bead has to fit tighter (than a regular non-tubeless tire that takes a tube) and can be harder to seat.

Here is my concern: If I use a 'tubeless ready' tire on a non-tubeless rim, is it likely that the tire will be harder to seat than if I use a non-tubeless tire like a Challenge Gravel Grinder? I don't want to be in the middle of nowhere, in the cold and rain, have a flat, then have to fight with the tubeless ready tire for 10-15 minutes to get it to seat.

So, my question is, should only buy a non-tubeless tire for a non-tubeless rim, if fighting with seating the tire is a concern?
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Some tubeless tires are hard to mount. Others are not. It will be very difficult for us to know unless someone has specific experience with that rim and that tire, and even then there are variations in manufacture.

In my experience MTB tires are never that hard to mount compared to tight 700c road tires.

Get yourself some quality levers and don't worry about it.

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Here is what I did, I took the tube (that I no longer needed) and placed it around the outside (thread) of the tire and inflated it slightly. That helped me seat the bead because by equally pushing the center of the tire inwards, it forced the bead to be pushed outwards (towards the rim).

Once the bead is seated, remove the tube but put it in your pouch for an emergency trail side repair/replacement. Then, every few months, shake you tires and listen for the liquid sealant, and if you don't hear any.... add more. I do about a 1/2 bottle a year and that keeps me out of trouble.
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Originally Posted by NYMXer
Here is what I did, I took the tube (that I no longer needed) and placed it around the outside (thread) of the tire and inflated it slightly. That helped me seat the bead because by equally pushing the center of the tire inwards, it forced the bead to be pushed outwards (towards the rim).

Once the bead is seated, remove the tube but put it in your pouch for an emergency trail side repair/replacement. Then, every few months, shake you tires and listen for the liquid sealant, and if you don't hear any.... add more. I do about a 1/2 bottle a year and that keeps me out of trouble.

OP doesn't want to go tubeless. He just wants to use a tubeless tire with a tube on a non-tubeless rim.
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Then there shouldn't be any problems... you can run tubes in a tubeless tire and inflate as usual.
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