Cody Schafer walks you through Mousse-Bib installation and brings to light the advantages of running a Bib-Mousse over traditional tubes when competing in off road racing. The myth that Mousse installation is difficult is put to rest in this segment as Schafer details and simplifies the process.You can find Bib Mousses here!
How to Install a Bib-MousseHey, what's up? It's Cody Schafer with Motosport.com. Today we're going to show you how to install a Bib-Mousse. I've heard all around the races of people struggling installing bib mousses. Once you get a lot of practice at it they're actually not that hard and I would argue they are easier than tubes because you don't have to worry about pinching anything. Lots of people are kind of scared to just buck up and buy them for the first time because they are kind of pricey but when you consider how much driving to a race costs, and the gas and entry fee, to get a flat tire and ruin your race they're more than worth it.
Tools to Install a Bib-Mousse
- Three tire irons
- Tire stand with bead breaker
- Tire and tube mounting compound
Basic run down of the things you're going to need are three of these big tire irons because you do need a lot of leverage at some point. This is really nice because it's got a nice wide spoon and it stays hooked on the rim when you're really prying on it. This is a big, big help.
A good tire stand with a bead breaker is a must. I've seen lots of guys out there just hammering tire irons to get the tire off. And the bead breaker is more than worth it, it just makes your life a lot easier and saves your rims too.
To start things off the mousses come with a tube of mounting gel but after removing them and installing them several times it's kind of hard to keep track of those things. What I do is go to Big O tires, a local tire store and have them order you a five gallon bucket of Murphy's tire and tube mounting compound.
Just take a big old handful of it, spread it evenly thru the tire to make sure you get it on the inside of the tire on each side. One thing I do that's a little different is add a little water to that. Without water it tends to dry out a bit but with just a little bit of water, maybe four to six ounces, it'll stay lubed the whole time.
I've had mousses in there for months at a time and I pull them out and they are still lubed up which is key to making them last longer because they are a little bit of an investment. From there you just pretty much wrestle the mousse into the tire.
Installing a Bib-Mousse
The first couple of times can be fairly difficult just because the mousse is so firm and so much bigger than the tire. So what I do is basically push it in there with my foot and work it all the way around until it's actually in the tire.
From there you go to your tire stand. On my tire stand I have a nice lever that helps me keep pressure on the mousse so it doesn't keep popping down off the bottom side which is what it will do a lot of the time.
Hook the tire on the rim lock and with your knee push hard into the tire. From there go straight across with your tire iron and it will help pull it down and then work it all the way around just small bits at a time. You want to do small bites of the tire iron because if you don't the other side can actually pop up and basically you have to start over again.
Once the mousse breaks down a little bit more it's very easy to do it by yourself. But the first time especially if you're learning it's great to have a buddy with you because sometimes you need an extra set of hands or even feet to stand on the tire because it will try to work its way out.
So after you have the first side all the way over you basically just jump up on the tire and do a little dance on there and push it down so the mousse is actually sitting in the rim and not on top of it.
Once you have the mousse all the way down into the valley of the rim then you're home free it gets to the easy part. It's almost like a normal tire. There are a few little things that are different but then again you don't have to worry about pinching a tube which is a huge deal.
So you'll begin to work your way around from the rim lock where you have something in there a bead buddy, those will help just to hold the mousse down into the valley of the tire. From the point you'll work your way around and I like to do about three tire irons first and I'll leave a tire iron because once your half around the tire, the tire iron becomes helpful to help sit the bead of the tire down into the valley so you don't stretch your bead and break it.
Once it starts to get towards the end, I take my foot and put it on the tire iron I left for me as a leverage to push the tire down into the valley. That will give you the room needed to pull the tire the rest of the way home.
The final steps are just getting to the point where the rim lock is and that's when I'll release the thing that's holding my bead down and put a tire iron in there and push the bead lock into the tire and then simply from there push down a little bit and your mousse will fall in there.
Once you can get this mastered it will more than pay for itself. I know they are a little expensive at the beginning but it'll more than pay for itself just in actually finishing races instead of getting flat tires and have to wrestle with that.
I'm Cody Schafer with Motosport.com and hopefully these helpful tips have inspired you to pull that Bib-Mousse you bought six months ago out from the corner of your garage and actually throw it in there and do some trail riding without the fear of flat tires.