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Re: Getting a Pilit Activ to seat on a snow flake
Reply #15 - 07/18/17 at 21:47:02
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Over 20,000 miles and counting
I  have just mounted the 2nd  frt and the 4th rear tire
All Avon AM26's
  

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Re: Getting a Pilit Activ to seat on a snow flake
Reply #16 - 07/19/17 at 11:37:12
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Thanks for the update Mrclubike. I'd sorely like to upgrade to tubeless:
--No tube to carry
--Mounting / unmounting easier
--Side-of-the-road repairs don't require unmounting
--Can get a nice long bent valve stem so that the snowflake wheels aren't a problem with normal schrader chucks

I'm running Pilot Activs, and they were indeed a bear to get on. I have a hard time imagining them unseating in the event of a flat.

Maybe Michelin has improved the tires in the last couple years so they're no longer so hard to mount? I vaguely recall seeing a report (or speculation?) of that being the case.
  
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Re: Getting a Pilit Activ to seat on a snow flake
Reply #17 - 11/20/17 at 19:30:03
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Re: Getting a Pilit Activ to seat on a snow flake
Reply #18 - 11/20/17 at 19:38:40
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I have been using this to get the bead to seal completely
I have had some slow leaking on the front
  

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Re: Getting a Pilit Activ to seat on a snow flake
Reply #19 - 11/24/17 at 19:03:19
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Thanks for the update Mrclubike, it's certainly helpful to get all the details. I still haven't gotten around to the switch yet, perhaps this spring...
  
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Re: Getting a Pilit Activ to seat on a snow flake
Reply #20 - 11/24/17 at 22:49:33
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Checked around and the only bead sealer I've found locally is by "Slime" at Pep Boys...

My valve stems got here today so maybe next week I'll switch one out it I get bored...
  

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Reply #21 - 09/03/18 at 12:02:52
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Re: Getting a Pilit Activ to seat on a snow flake
Reply #22 - 09/03/18 at 17:47:03
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Pilot Actives on my bike.  I could not get them on.   It was a very frustrating experience at the local bike shop since i was able to watch the guy put them on an he was struggling mightily with the front tire.   My heart was in my throat since these snowflakes, unlike steel rims, are likely to crack before bending much. 

Finally got them seated and had hell to pay to get the bead true to the rim edge.  Refused to seat with high pressure.  Had to break the bead again and try again and pressure them before things dried.   

Really really wish I'd gone for another tire.   I was very very happy with the Macadams previous to this and these were supposed to be replacements to that product.   The straight line handling of the PA is noticeably worse than the macadam.

I'll be paying close attention to other owners picks, conti, dunlap, etc for this bike in the future. Meanwhile I'll live with these.

I did go tubeless.  Cant remember if I had to bore the hole a little for the new stem.   Do remember that the stem was another very tight fit and I had them pressed in at a shop.
And I quite agree.   I don't expect that front tire is going anywhere when flat. 

These PAs have a much stiffer sidewall than the Macadams.   The first time I had the bike out this spring for a short around the block something felt a bit wallowy.  Checked the rear tire pressure.. less than 5lbs psi!!  The tire was not visibly flat at all under the weight of the bike.

  
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Re: Getting a Pilit Activ to seat on a snow flake
Reply #23 - 09/03/18 at 20:01:50
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I am still running Avon AM26's front and rear
I have gotten the tire changing thing down to a routine 
So much easier without the tubes
  

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Re: Getting a Pilit Activ to seat on a snow flake
Reply #24 - 09/03/18 at 20:49:42
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Mrclubike wrote on 09/03/18 at 20:01:50:
I have gotten the tire changing thing down to a routine 
So much easier without the tubes 


Amen to that! I fitted a Shinko 100/90 to the K100 front wheel now in my R65 in 15 minutes flat.

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Re: Getting a Pilit Activ to seat on a snow flake
Reply #25 - 10/06/18 at 22:55:54
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Here is what the inside of my rim looks like
  

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