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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Mike Ryder, Oct 12, 2012.
Just saw this, has anyone here used it?
OK but where is the demo of the bead breaking process??
47 seconds of sleek photos of a tool and not a single second devoted to seeing how it works?
Awesome marketing there.
this link shows how it works
or one could go to the motion pro website and look under tools- tire/wheel. but if that is too difficult, just use this link and look at the pictures
I have the pair and I think they work great. Popped the bead in about 45 seconds. Really ingenious design.
A few still pictures are awesome. Wonder if it's to "difficult" for them to post an actual video to demonstrate the tool. As we all know (well maybe some of us don't) breaking beads on tires isn't all that easy. So pictures are great, but they don't show the actual use of the tool. If it is such a great tool and easy to use, I find it suspicious they do not have a video breaking a bead. They advertise it as the first tool of its' kind for "Adventure Bikes". Then show me the tool in action on an adventure sized tire.
I suspect,but don't know,that a hammer may be necessary as an insertion tool.
I took a 3600 mile trip in July/August and had 5 flats along that adventure; all on those were on the rear tire. Although I run tubes in my wheels, my tires are tubeless tires (Heidenau K-60s) and they are a pain to break and reset the beads. So in September I took another 1500 mile trip and bought a set of these to see if it'd make the trail-side tire changes easier. While I am anxious try them I can report that there have been no more flats!
So maybe it's worth it to buy and set and then not have to use tthem?
I had to change a tube on the rear of the xchallenge and used a small Dasko Pro pry bar to break the bead. Basically pushed the bar between the tire and rim and pried until there was a workable gap, a few more bites working around the rim and the tire was ready to be spooned off the rim . No hammer, just a few bites, easy job. Here is a link to the home depot page, Sears carries them also. The bar is the middle one, great tool for many tasks, 9 1/2" long, little under 1/8" thick. $7 on the sears online page.
why is it for tubless tires? can you use it with tubes?
Not just for tubeless, they say that because tubeless usually have a tighter bead fit on most rims, not always, but usually. I've seen some tire/rim combinations that will break with the heel of a boot and others that require an industrial bench vice. They could make it look easy if the tire/rim combo is a loose fitting one. As with all miracle tools, YMMV.
after being annoyed by most bead breakers on the market someone mentioned to me they just use 3 tire irons. 2 pressing down on the tire at 12 and 2 o'clock then the third pressing the opposite direction.
Voila bead popped. I couldn't believe it. I haven't bent over to use the bead popper on any tire change since. Just put the wheel in the wheel holder, 3 tire irons in 3 locations and I'm done.
Try it, you'll be surprised how easy it is. Also, make sure it's well lubed.
I'll second that really easy.