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Tubular Tire Installation

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Gluing tubular tires is not for everyone, and requires several days to do a proper mount. We highly recommend that an experienced bicycle technician with gluing experience mount your tubulars.  Your authorized dealer is a great resource. 

Below is a basic guide to mounting tubular tires on your new ENVE carbon tubular rims. Always refer to the glue manufacturer’s instructions as processes may vary.

Tools Required:

  • Truing Stand to hold wheel
  • Rags
  • Alcohol or Acetone (Acetone is safe to use on the rims, but it will damage the decals)
  • Acid Brush or Similar
  • Latex Gloves
  • Floor Pump
  • Scotch Brite or 120 Grit Sandpaper
  • Glue or Tape of your choice

Before you glue:

  • Install the valve extenders provided with your ENVE rims on your tire.
  • If you are going to install sealant in your tubular tire, now is the time to do so.
  • Prepare the rim by cleaning the tire bed of the rim using either the 120 grit or finer sand paper or the Scotch Brite. Starting at the valve hole, work your way around the entire tire bed surface of the rim. Apply acetone to a rag and clean surface of the tire bed until no sanding residue appears on your rag.

Tech Note: Acetone will damage your decals.

  • The day before you intend to glue or tape your rims, install your tires on the rim to pre-stretch them and ensure proper fit. Once installed, inflate them to within 10-20 psi of the rated max pressure.

Tech Note: This is a good opportunity to get used to installing the tire on the rim. Practice this several times before glue comes into the picture. Once you have glue on the rim and tire, you will only get one chance!

  • We recommend a minimum 12 hour stretch time, but refer to the tire manufacturer’s instructions for specific recommendations.

Gluing Tubular Tires:

Time Required – Generally 72 Hours Before You Can Ride

Step 1

  • Place your wheel in the truing stand.
  • Inflate your tires just until the tire twists and the base tape faces outward.
  • Put on your latex gloves and open the glue container or tube.
  • Grab your brush and apply a light and even coat of glue to both the rim and the tire. Be sure to apply the glue across the entire surface of the rim’s tire bed and tire’s base tape. Be careful to not get glue inside the spoke holes of the rim.
  • Set rims and tires aside for drying in a dust free, well-ventilated area.
  • Refer to the glue manufacturer’s instructions for proper drying times.

Step 2  After the glue has dried according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, repeat Step 1.

  • Place your wheel in the truing stand.
  • Inflate your tires just until the tire twists and the base tape faces outward.
  • Put on your latex gloves and open the glue container or tube.
  • Grab your brush and apply a light and even coat of glue to both the rim and the tire. Be sure to apply the glue across the entire surface of the rim’s tire bed and tire’s base tape. Be careful to not get glue inside the spoke holes of the rim.
  • Set rims and tires aside for drying in a dust free, well-ventilated area.
  • Refer to the glue manufacturer’s instructions for proper drying times.

 

Step 3 – After the glue has dried according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, repeat Step 1 and then:

  • After applying your third and final coat of glue to both the rim and tire, you are ready to mount the tire to the rim. You should let the rim and tire sit for a few minutes before mounting the tire.

Tech Note: Some will recommend that the third and final coat be applied only to the rim. Refer to the glue manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you obtain the best adhesion possible.

  • Deflate the tire and remove the rim from the truing stand.
  • Hold the rim between your feet on the floor, on a clean, non-slip surface.
  • Put the valve stem through the rim’s valve stem hole. Press down firmly.
  • Grab the tire to the left and right of the valve stem and work the tire onto the rim working down toward the floor.
  • When you get to the floor pick up the wheel and slide the remaining tire onto the rim using your thumbs.
  • Quickly check that the tire is centered on the rim.
  • Inflate the tire just enough so that it takes shape and check to see that an equal amount of base tape is showing on both sides around the rim.
  • Inflate the tire to 50 psi (3.4 bar) and place it in your truing stand. Spin the tire slowly and make sure that the tire is not wandering from side to side. If it is, deflate the tire slightly and move it over until the tire is completely centered on the rim showing equal amounts of base tape on both sides of the rim. Repeat this step as necessary.
  • Inflate tire to recommended pressure.
  • Clean any excess glue from the rim and brake track using your rag and acetone.
  • Allow 24 hours for glue to dry.

Before you ride

  • After 24 hours, check both your front and rear wheels to ensure that the tires are adhered properly. To do this, grab the tire with both hands and with moderate force try to roll the tire off the rim. If it holds you are ready to ride!

 

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