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Old 06-05-19, 08:21 AM
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Reynolds Strike SLG tire seating

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I have a pair of Strike SLG TLR wheels (that came with a new bike) and find it extremely difficult to get a tire seated after mounting it. I have tried several standard clincher tires (with inner tube) and it's pretty much the same with all of them.

When I am at home I have to inflate them to 10bar or more and then wait a while until the tire finally seats itself properly. Then I deflate to a more appropriate pressure.Out on the road there is obviously no way I get that much pressure into a tire which means after a puncture I either have to ride with the vibrations of a tire that is not seated properly or make my way home by some other means of transportation.

Combined with the fact that I find it very difficult to mount a tire in the first place, in my mind these wheels are pretty much unusable for general non-race use. Am I missing some trick? Is there an obvious way to get a tire seated on these rims with a normal mini or frame pump? Or are these just the 'benefits' of having tubeless-ready rims?

I wish manufacturers would go back to non-tubeless models or at least give you the choice between two versions for their new models...

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Old 06-05-19, 08:29 AM
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Are you putting something slippery to help seating. Some tire companies have install lube, but dish soap and water works well. I noticed a real difference.
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Are you putting something slippery to help seating. Some tire companies have install lube, but dish soap and water works well. I noticed a real difference.
I am mainly talking about road-side mounting here. I should try dish-lube at home but I usually get it to work there (with a lot of sweat and swearing) but the real problem is out on the road where you don't usually carry dish-soap or similar.
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It looks to like at least schwalbe as some lube that is in a small tube. That what i gatherd from the pictures of their install.
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It looks to like at least schwalbe as some lube that is in a small tube. That what i gatherd from the pictures of their install.
Thanks, I will check it out ! But to be honest, I don't think it is worth the hassle. When I am riding with the bunch on weekends I need to be able to change a tire quickly, otherwise I make myself very unpopular It's a 5min job with every other wheel I have used but with the Reynolds you never know if you can even continue the ride....if there is no fairly easy solution to this I think I'll just sell the wheels.
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Ok, just had a very interesting call from the Reynolds tech support (in Germany) who I had contacted. They basically admit it is super-difficult to get the tire on. They say you definitely need a CO2 inflator and should use some sort of mounting fluid when mounting the first time. So forget about road-side mounting with a mini-pump.

They pretty much confirmed what I thought was the case: he says if we don't offer these wheels tubeless-ready the press and media will complain and we'll get negative reviews. Great stuff, I assume the vast majority of people still use these wheels with a normal clincher tires..but that's now much harder than it used to be...so much for progress

I am now very seriously considering about selling these and get something that is at least a little bit easier. I have another set of TLR carbon wheels and while tires are more difficult to mount on those than on non-TLR wheels it is still much easier than on the Reynolds.
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I won't ride a wheel/tire combo that I cannot easily mount by hand, for exactly the reasons you state.
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