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Old 05-13-19, 02:05 PM
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Okay, so I'm putting a set of Conti 4000ii on a set of Ultegra wheels (I bought them used...they're the first year they were tubeless compat and a PAIN to true) any way, the tires are just WICKED hard to get mounted but finally SUCCESS! I go for a quick 10 but the bike feels a lil bit squiggy. Not bad but a lil different. I've ridden these tires before so I pull over and check my pressure..everything's fine. And then, I SEE IT. The rear tire is on backward. UGGGGHHHHH! 50 miles later I still haven't switched it as it was such a PITA. Maybe it'll be easier this time? Tell me I'm not the only one.
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Old 05-13-19, 02:08 PM
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Old 05-13-19, 02:10 PM
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darnit....i'm dumb.
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Old 05-13-19, 02:30 PM
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Did you mount them tubeless, or with tube. If w/tube, you should be using tubeless tape.
They will be easier the second time.
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No tape on Ultegra wheels, they have no spoke holes. Their shallow center channel makes mounting some tires a bit tough.
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I don't even ride my road bike that much how is a bike tire backwards it won't roll ahead?

you put it in with the gears on the left?
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First time installing is by far the worst / hardest. Take them off and have at it again.

Have some soapy water in a spray bottle (or even just sitting in a bowl) that you can apply to rim / bead - makes the installation go MUCH easier.

(BTW, I'm shocked that rolling direction is that noticeable; the tread on road wheels is so subtle, I can't imagine it making much difference to ride feel / quality. I've ridden MTBs where the tire was installed the wrong way and even that was barely noticeable. Maybe I just don't have that "princess and the pea" sensitivity. )
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I also doubt that tire direction has anything to do with it.


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Agreed that tread directionality is pretty much a marketing thing until water evacuation is needed or the ground is soft enough to engage the tread pattern. The only times I've had to remount a road bike's tire in the "Proper" is when the customer saw the arrow Andy
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Might try removing the bead when you don't have to to get an idea what it might be like on the road if you get a flat. Encountered an individual on a MTB ride once who worked for an hour to get to the tube of a flatted tire. Also, seems to help if you use the wide Pedro's levers.
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I have yet to notice a difference between the rear tire being forward or backward and I've rotated those rears many times on rides, both in the dry and in the wet. Procedure - I stop and turn the wheel around. Ride on. What I notice? The bike is now in a gear (say) one tooth higher. What I don't notice? Any difference in ride, whatsoever. Flip-flop fix-fix hubs on two road fix gears. They get more rain miles than my geared bikes.

Now, the only tires I use that have much of a directional pattern are the Paselas. None of the Vittorias I ride have much pattern and all my recent Vittorias have had ribbed tread. ANd while we are talking water; some of those near tread-less Vittorias are a step above as rain tires. (Open Paves - very good. The Corsa G+ - not optimized for the wet but not shabby at all.

I rode for decades with tire labels to the left, non-drive-side because I like seeing them when I lean the bike against something. Good tires worked in the wet, bad ones didn't.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I don't even ride my road bike that much how is a bike tire backwards it won't roll ahead?

you put it in with the gears on the left?
DOH!!! Thanks for the tip! :-)

DrIso had it right...no spoke holes. Anyway, I'm new to this forum (but not bikes). I was just joking around with my post. I'll swap it right way 'round but the weather is too nice right now and I have all these bikes I'm trying to keep dust off of. :-)
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