Tires, tires, they are tired

by Brian Mullin on May 29, 2007

The other day it just seemed like my tires weren’t working is well as they should. I was losing traction and the bike was squirrelly. Just thought it was the terrain, the bike or me. So I just ignored until I was cleaning the bike.

I looked at the tread and all seemed well. But then I looked closer and the rear tires side knob were falling apart. Some were only half there. No wonder the feeling from the tires was a bit strange. The front tire wasn’t nearly as bad but it was showing early signs of the same issue. I have read on the forums some of the same issues with the Schwalbe tires. So I ordered a new pair of Schwalbe Alberts. I got enough tough miles out of them and I just love the way they feel. The size is nice and its right between the too narrow size of 2.1 and the too fat of 2.4/2.35. The fat tires are nice but the act a bit slow when doing slow technical moves. The narrow tires roll better but just don’t have enough huevos for me.

HEARING LOSS 

My rear tire was so bad that I needed a quick replacement. So I got a Intense CC 2.25. They had a reasonable weight to them and they were the width I like and they were cheap. I put the Intense cc 2.25 on the Mavic Crossmax SL UST rim and I used a high pressure tank and it popped right away, wow no soap needed. I deflated the tire, took out the core and added 50 grams sealant. I reinflated, sloshed the sealant around to the beads, let it sit on its side for 5 minutes. I went over and touched the tire to see if it was holding air and it BLEW UP on me. I must have had a 130 db surge come at me. I couldn’t hear anything for a short period of time. Its been about a week and a half and although my hearing has gotten better its still not back to normal. I went to a Otologist (ENT) doctor. He thinks he will get better in the next couple of weeks, lets hope so! I have some upper frequency loss in each ear but its hard to tell if thats from pre tire blast loud rock music.

Needless to say I wear ear protection when doing anything now. Lawn mower, playing around with tires, when I am in the yard and neighbors are mowing the lawn.

I went back to a spare UST Schwalbe Albert tire I had sitting around while I waited for the new tire order to come in. UST tubeless tires are great but they weigh a lot so I went to a non UST tire using a tubeless method that uses a rim strip to get the tire bead to pop up. It is a lot of work to get the non UST tire to work as a tubeless tire. When I put the UST Schwalbe Albert tire on the Mavic Crossmax SL rim it went on in an instant, no high pressure needed, no soapy water, no sealant, no special tricks were needed. But they are heavy!

When I got the new replacement normal Schwalbe Albert set I went through some of the usual trails and tribulations to get it to work. Not as easy as the instant on of a true UST tire. Here was my entertainment on Memorial day.

Front Tire:

I put the new Schwalbe Albert on the Mavic Crossmax SL UST rim and I used a high pressure tank and soapy water on the tire bead but I couldn’t get the bead to pop up and seal the tire, so I pulled off the Stans rim strip and put in a tube reseated the tire and pumped it up to 40 psi. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, deflated the tire, swapped out the tube for the Stans rim strip, reseated the tire and soaped up the bead (a couple of times) and it finally popped up and sealed (got to love that noise when it seals…pop pop). Deflated the tire, took out the core and added 50 grams sealant. I reinflated, sloshed the sealant around to the beads, let it sit on its side for 5 minutes. Picked up the tire and sloshed the sealant around to the beads, let it sit on its other side for 5 minutes. Yea!

Rear Tire:

I put the new Schwalbe Albert on the Mavic Crossmax SL UST rim and I used a high pressure tank and soapy water on the tire bead it popped right away, had 90 psi in the tank, that seemed to help a bunch. I deflated the tire, took out the core and added 50 grams sealant. I reinflated, sloshed the sealant around to the beads, let it sit on its side for 5 minutes. Picked up the tire and sloshed the sealant around to the beads, let it sit on its other side for 5 minutes. Done!

I have tried a bunch of times and had issues trying to get the tires to pop up without having any sort of rim strip. High pressure tank helps a bunch. It also depends on the particular tire brand. I have used Stans rim strips, electrical tape and Eclipse foam rim strip. Stans is the most durable of the bunch.

Weight savings:

Schwalbe Albert 2.25 UST 870 grams
Schwalbe Albert 2.25 650 grams
Stans rim strip 40 grams
Weight Savings = 180 grams

Note: I run sealant when I am running UST or non UST tires with any tubeless method, so the extra weight for sealant is a non issue.

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