can someone settle something for me right?
I received some carbon wheels today (i wont say who from yet, its not necessary) and went to fit my brand new tyres. They are a 50mm carbon clincher wheel set.
We all know they can be a pain to fit new tyres, but no problem, nothing out the ordinary for me. i normally use some shower gel as lube to slide a tyre on. Ive fitted probably 30-40 road tyres and probably 8-10 or so on carbon clinchers.
Anyway, today I was fitting the first bead into the wheel, worked my way round until it was very difficult to managed with just fingers. I have some park tools tyre levers so i used one to keep one end of the tyre in the same place, and pulled with my thumb. As i worked the tyre with my other finger, the side wall of the clincher just crumbled. It felt ridiculously weak and literally crumbled.
As ive said, i'm not inexperienced in this area, also, im a mechanic by trade, so Im very good and careful with my hands. I just wouldnt expect this at all from a properly manufactured wheel, carbon or otherwise. You can safely use plastic tyre levers and I always have without any problems.
Now ive informed the seller but I am yet to get a reply. I dont want to name them, this post isnt about this. I just wanted to get like minded peoples opinion on the matter. the seller hasnt had chance to respond yet with the time difference I guess, but I am definitely hoping they replace the rim and at least contribute to the rebuilding cost.
Pretty gutted, I waited nearly a month for these wheels!