A reader asks:
I'm trying to switch to a tubeless Hutchison Fusion 3 on a Campy 2-way Shamal rim...I'm finding it difficult to mount (tips??)...but I look forward to the ride.
Assuming your problem is mounting, not inflation, here is what I would suggest:
Mount opposite the valve first, you don't need it getting in the way and taking up valuable bead. Remember, the tire bead needs to be in the low point of the rim, so it can't hurt to pinch the tire a little. You should always be able to get one bead on first. Then push the other bead on to the tire up until near the valve. Hold that in place with one hand (As a right handed guy, I use my left hand to hold the bead in place), then, with the other hand, push as much of the bead on as possible. You should always be able to get all but about 10 inches on by hand without much work. Next, insert a strong, plastic tire lever about an inch past where the bead is no longer mounted. I use the blue, Park tools levers. Holding the other side with your left hand, push the bead over the rim with your right. Without removing the lever, move it over another inch, and repeat. It will be a challenge, especially with a brand new tire.
Often, just unsticking the lever will cause it to slide several inches, instead of just one. Be conservative and just do an inch at a time. Once you have the bead inside the rim within a few inches of the valve and almost have the full bead seated, you can often just roll the tire with the palm of your hand and it snaps into place. Finally, you will need to push the valve up into the tire so that he bead can be seated between it and the rim as you screw the nut down.
Remember, I read all the comments, so be sure to let me know how it works for you!