We first got a sneak peek at the Bead Biter clips as part of the complete Tubeless Tower Pro Workstation developed by Tubeless Solutions almost a year and a half ago. That idea had been to build a complete setup that would take the guesswork out of setting up tubeless, and convince even the most reluctant, obstinate, luddite, or retro-grouch bike shop that they could be spreading the gospel of tubeless without the mess. In the kit were a set of 3D printed rim and tire clips. Now named the Bead Biters, they are available separately and will make your home tubeless setup and maintenance life easier…
The Bead Biter clips/levers serve a dual purpose. They can be used for mounting tubeless tires when you go by the method of pouring sealant in as the last step before your finish mounting the tires. There the Bead Biters work like an extra pair of thumbs to hold the tire’s bead in place leaving a stable opening to pour the sealant into the tire. Then they become the tire lever that will seat that stubborn bead.
The Bead Biters are made from a custom resin blend that makes them stiff enough to leverage a tight-fitting tire, but flexible enough that they are said to be extremely resistant to breaking. Their clip part also claims to work as a makeshift pair of pliers to grip stem nuts stuck with dried up sealant, when your fingers alone won’t suffice.
In the $15 kit each pair of full length clips/levers comes with a third mini clip, plus a Velcro strap to keep them all together that also works as a tire boot in a pinch. Paceline Products who developed Chamois Butt’r is the first distributor for Tubeless Solutions’ Bead Biter clips Adventure Kit, but they are working on getting an e-commerce site up for direct sales as well. We’ll see about getting a set in to review as well, as it seems like a small solution that might help a lot of riders work a cleaner tubeless setup.