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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let the tyre down, and remove the valve core so you can insert the sealant.
Squeeze some sealant into the tyre using a syringe.
Pop the valve core back in and inflate to desired pressure.