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How To Install A Tubeless Tyre

Tools & Equipment Required


Process


Installing a new tubeless tyre should take you 15 - 20 minutes


1) Start by releasing the air our of the tyre, this can be done quickly by removing the Presta valve with you Rotae Tyre Levers as shown.

Removal of a Presta valve core using a rotae tyre level
Removal of the Presta valve

2) Once the air has been released from the tyre break the bead of the tyre on both sides (Push the edge of the tyre away from the lip of the rim in towards the centre).


3) Using the tyre levers, pry the bead of the tyre over rim on both sides. Once done, you should be able to remove the rim with ease.


Removing a bicycle tyre
Removing the tyre

4) Prepping the wheel is important, getting the tyre to seal can be irritating sometimes, especially if you have damage to your rim. Clean the rim of dirt, grease and sealant focusing on where the tyre will interface with the rim.


Note: if you rim isn't already tubeless ready you will need to ensure that you install a tubeless valve and rim tape, some suggestions below:

  1. Sealant & Valve Kits:

5) Fit the first side of the tyre onto the rim. Checking for tyre direction (If applicable), start to work the tyre onto the rim with your hands as far as you can.


Installing a bicycle tyre
Installing the first side of the tyre onto the rim

Once you get as far as you can by hand, use the tyre lever to fit the final part of the bead onto the rim.


Fitting a bicycle tyre
Fitting the first side of the tyre onto the rim

6) Once the first side of the tyre is fitted, pour some tubeless sealant into the tyre. Alternatively, you can pour the sealant through the valve (Once the tyre is fully fitted), it's ultimately down to user preference.


Fitting a mountain bike tire
Pouring sealant into the tyre

7) If you're using the rotae tyre lever set, install the bead clip securing the tyre in position.

Fitting a mountain bike tyre
Installing the Rotae Bead Clip

8) Pry the bead onto the rim by hand as far as possible.


Fitting a mountain bike tyre by hand
Prying the bead onto the rim by hand

9) Use the other tyre lever to pry the remainder of the bead onto the rim.


Note: If the tyre feels especially tight ensure that the bead is pushed away from the edge of the rim on both sides.


Installing the final side of a bicycle tyre
Installing the final section of the tyre

Installing the last bit of the mountain bike tyre
Installing the last bit of the tyre

10) Blow up the tyre using a compressor or equivalent. Important: Make sure the bead is seating onto the rim correctly all the way around. This may require inflation to pressure greater than your normal run pressure (Make sure you stay within the limits of the tyre).



Inflating a mountain bike tyre
Inflating the tyre

11) Check the tyre/rim for leaks, refit to the the bike and spin wheel to distribute the sealant throughout the tyre & rim and don't forget to set your pressure before you hit the trails!


Note: If you're having troubling getting the tyre to seal sometimes leaving it at a higher pressure for a period of time can help the bead seat properly.



The Rotae Tyre Lever Demo


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