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Tires

Instructions

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What tire is best for me?

As a general rule of thumb, we recommend using the widest tire you can fit with safe clearances. Not sure how wide you can go? Check out our blog post on measuring clearances on your bike: https://janheine.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/how-wide-a-tire-can-i-run/

For the ultimate in performance, we recommend our Extralight casing, available in tan or black. The Standard casing, available in tan, provides better protection against sidewall cuts. It’s also a good choice if you’re on a tighter budget, but still want to optimize your bike’s performance and comfort. This blog post goes into more detail about the two casings: https://janheine.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/compass-tires-standard-vs-extralight/

For paved roads and gravel, our ‘road’ tread tires are the best choice. For muddy conditions and cyclocross, check out our dual-purpose knobby tires. They are also a great choice for riders who prefer a more aggressive tread on loose surfaces.

Hard to mount

Push the tire bead into the ‘well’ in the center of the rim all around the tire, and make sure it’s not caught on the ‘shelf’ near the edge of the tire. The tire bead does not stretch, so it needs to be in ’well’ to give you enough slack to lift it over the rim sidewall. Also check out our tire instructions above.

Tubeless tire blew off

When a tire blows off the rim, it’s usually because the rim is slightly undersize. Even if the rim worked with your previous tires, supple tires require tighter rim tolerances than tires with stiff sidewalls. In most cases, the problem can be solved by building up the rim bed with extra rim tape. Some mechanics use thicker Gorilla Tape to build up the rim bed. The tire should be a slightly tight fit on the rim.

Leaking through sidewalls (tubeless)

We have found that Orange Seal greatly reduces the risk of tires leaking through their sidewalls. Other sealants often don’t have enough solids to seal the thin and supple sidewalls of Compass tires. Make sure to shake the sealant vigorously for 60 seconds to distribute the solids before you put it into the tire.

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