CUSHCORE 101 – PRO­TECT YOUR RIMS!

This is­sue we will talk you through a Cush Core in­stal­la­tion. This is our pre­ferred flat tyre/rim dam­age preven­tion sys­tem.

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STEP 1

We shall start with your al­ready tube­less taped up wheel. In­sert the valve and tighten by hand. Cush Core re­quires a spe­cial valve. This valve lets the air and sealant flow eas­ily when the Cush Core is in­stalled.

STEP 2

Next it's time to in­stall the Cush Core. This can be quite tight on some rims. Use the han­dle of a ham­mer gen­tly to pin the wheel to the floor. This al­lows you to get more lever­age to get the last bit of Cush Core on. Once you have fit­ted the sys­tem a few times, it does get a bit eas­ier.

STEP 3

Once in place, stretch the tyre over the wheel so the wheel is in the mid­dle of the tyre un-beaded. Some­times spray­ing a lit­tle soapy wa­ter into the tyre helps while slid­ing the tyre into place. I find that some­times this makes it harder as every­thing gets slip­pery. Have a try both ways and see what works for you. Start at the valve to bead up one side of the tyre. I find if you lift the Cush Core up and place the bead of the tyre in the cen­tre of the rim it makes life eas­ier. Do the same for the other side.

STEP 4

In­flate the tyre so it is com­pletely beaded up around the wheel. You should be able to do this eas­ily with a nor­mal floor pump. Some­times a com­pres­sor will be nec­es­sary.

STEP 5

Let the tyre down, and re­move the valve core so you can in­sert the sealant.

STEP 6

Squeeze some sealant into the tyre us­ing a sy­ringe.

STEP 7

Pop the valve core back in and in­flate to de­sired pres­sure.

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