SES Tubeless Clincher Rim Tire and Tube Installation

Tire and tube installation on SES tubeless compatible rims
Models affected: SES Tubeless Compatible Rims
Next generation SES road wheels feature tubeless compatible tire beds which are optimized for tubeless compatibility. As such, the installation of a tubeless tire, tubeless tire w/ inner-tube, or standard folding tire w/ inner-tube requires specific procedure be followed to ensure that the process of installing and removing a tire goes as smoothly as possible.

Tech Note: If you intend to run your SES tubeless compatible wheelset tubeless, you must use a tubeless compatible tire. However, it is not required that you run a tubeless tire if you do not intend to run your wheelset tubeless. It is perfectly OK to run standard folding tire if you intend to run inner-tubes.

Tech Note: If you intend to run latex inner-tubes, we have seen best reliability and performance by running a larger tube than the tire. For example, if you have a 25mm tire, we recommend that you run a 25-28mm tube versus a 23-25mm tube.

The above image shows the difference in tire beds between standard inner-tube only rims like the SES3.4, 4.5, 6.7, 8.9 and a tubeless compatible rim like the SES 2.2 or 7.8.  Take note that the tubeless rim’stire bed has a narrow center trough that ramps up onto a pronounced shoulder on each side of therim. This shoulder is the fundamental design feature that creates a tight seal between the rim andtubeless tire and effectively locks the tire, via a soft press fit, onto the rim.
Therefore, it is mandatory that when you are installing or removing tires from a tubeless rim that youkeep this in mind.  The shoulders are a slightly larger diameter than most tires to ensure a secure fit andseal. This being the case, you must make sure the tire is fully seated into the drop-center channel of therim when attempting to install or remove a tire.

Non Tubeless Tire and Tube Installation Instructions:
Step 1 – Watch this video
Step 2 – Install the tubeless tape on your wheels even if you don’t intend to run them tubeless, theslippery surface of the tape will make for easier tire installation and removal.

Step 3 – Perforate the tape at the valve stem hole. This is much easier done without the tire on the rim.

Step 4 – Make sure you are installing the tire tread in the right direction. (Most tires will be marked withan arrow to indicate proper rotational direction)

Step 5 – Starting opposite the valve stem, install the first half of the tire bead ensuring that the tire beadis seated as low as possible into drop-center of the rim. (this should not require tire levers)

Step 6 – Inflate inner-tube with just enough air for it to take some form then install tube by tucking itinto the rim and tire.

Step 7 – Install the other half of the tire bead starting opposite the valve stem. Take time to ensure thatthe tube is tucked into the tire and not pinched between the tire and rim bed and that the tire bead isbeing seated into the center channel of the rim.

Step 8 – As you approach the valve stem hole, push the valve stem toward the outside of the rim untilyou feel it hit the inside of the tire. This will ensure that the bulky portion of the valve stem is clear ofthe tire bead and make those last few inches of tire bead install much easier.

Step 9 – Install final portion of tire bead. If necessary, you can use a PLASTIC tire lever but take care notto pinch the inner-tube.

Roadside Tire and Tube Removal Instructions:

Step 1 – Let as much air out of the wheel as possible. Chances are nature, fate, or murphy has alreadydone this for you…
Step 2 – Using your thumbs, push the sidewalls of the tire toward the drop-center of the rim channel tounseat them from the shoulders of the tire bed. Getting the first inch or so of tire unseated will be the most challenging, after that, the rest of the tire will unseat easily
Step 3 – Remove the first side of tire either by hand or with a tire lever
Step 4 – If you were running tubeless, remove the valve stem and put it in your pocket. If you were running tubes, remove the inner-tube.
Step 5 – Investigate the cause of the puncture and remove any embedded debris that may have causedthe flat.
Step 6 - Install a new tube following steps 6-10 from the section above titled Tire and Tube Installation.

ENVE tubeless compatible wheelsets are intentionally designed to perform at the highest levels ofcompetition and training.  The best performance will be achieved by running your wheelset tubeless.
Tubeless tire and rim systems can offer improved rolling resistance, better traction, and a much lowerprobability of getting a flat tire. However, flat tires are always a threat. As such, we recommend that youbecome intimately familiar with the nuances of your product.  This means making sure that you canfluently change a flat tire before your big race or training ride.
If you have any questions, please call. We will be happy to address any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.


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