Baja No Pinch Ultimate Tire Tool

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Tested: Baja No Pinch Tire Tool
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I think we can all agree that showing up to the track with a pinched tube after you changed the tire is very frustrating. While not everyone has difficulty changing tires, we all have that riding buddy who does. The Baja No Pinch Tire Tool was made as a way to help eliminate pinching a tube during mounting, while trying to make it easier as well.

Baja No Pinch Tire Tool Features:

  • Ultimate tool package includes 20mm, 17mm 15mm axle shafts, and a 25mm sleeve for KTMs.
  • Rack and pinion system pushes the tire over the rim.
  • Tool can be disassembled and carried in a tool bag.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Baja No Pinch Tire Tool MSRP $89.95 and Ultimate tool package MSRP $139.95

First Impressions:

Baja No Pinch sells two different kits. The first kit includes just the tool and the most common 20mm axle shaft. The version we tested was the Ultimate Tool Package, which also includes a 17mm and 15mm axle shaft and a 25mm sleeve. These cover the most common sizes of axles found on modern motocross bikes.

The different size shafts screw into the bottom of the tool and use a set screw to hold them in place, while the 25mm sleeve goes over the standard 20mm shaft (Used for some KTM models). Baja No Pinch's kit also includes two allen keys that are needed to adjust and take apart the tool. Another part of the adjustability is the push rod that is used to install the tire, which can be set up to use on a 16-21 inch rim.

In the Shop and At the Track:

I first started out using the Baja No Pinch on a wheel I had setup on my tire changing stand. At first the tool is a bit unusual to use and takes a couple adjustments to figure out the right starting length for the push rod. Once I had that figured out, the process sped up quite a bit, and I had the first side of the tire mounted up. When I tried to finish mounting the other side of the tire, I ran into a slight problem. I found that a bead buddy is a must-have when using this tool. Usually when I mount a tire with tire irons, I can hold one iron on the opposite side of the tire that I'm mounting. But since both hands are used when handling the Baja No Pinch, you need a bead buddy to hold down the bead on the opposite side of the tire that you are working on. Otherwise, the other side keeps popping back up as you work your way around the tire.

To be thorough, I tested out the Baja No Pinch Tire Tool in a few other ways. First up, I grabbed a five gallon bucket and performed a tire instillation using the bucket as my stand. The tool was a bit more useful in this scenario, since the bucket lacked the support of my tire stand. Since the tool is pushing from the center of the wheel, it doesn't try to flip the wheel off the bucket.

Beyond that, I tried one more scenario. I threw the wheel down in the dirt and got to work like I was out on the trail or at the track. This is the best scenario for this tool. Instead of straining your back while bending over and prying at the tire, you can just sit down and make the tool do the heavy lifting.

Long-Term Durability:

With the tool's simple design, there isn't too much to worry about when it comes to durability. The only thing I found to watch for is leaving all the anodized parts to bounce around in your tool bag, or the box you take to the track. I'd recommend keeping the tools wrapped up or in a separate container. Otherwise, they can get pretty beat up.

The Last Word:

Overall, this tool is helpful and with a bit of practice can make installation of a tire a breeze. For anyone who really struggles with constantly pinching tubes, this could be a lifesaver. This isn't the almighty tire tool however, as a good set of tire irons are still a necessity for removal, and a bead buddy is a must have during mounting. So this tool only covers one part of the tire changing process. It can be quite useful for a trail rider who won't have a tire stand or bucket to work from. But you need to have the space in your bag for both the tire irons and the Baja No Pinch disassembled.

Personally, I don't usually have any problems mounting tires. But I personally found this tool to be quite useful to use on tires with stiffer sidewalls, and black rims that I'm worried about scratching with normal tire irons.

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About the Test Rider:

Michael Lindsay- is a born-and-raised moto freak and gearhead from the heart of motocross in Southern California. First swinging a leg over a bike at the age of five, he immediately caught the racing bug, spending nearly every weekend behind a gate…and a lot of time on the couch while injured. While swinging back and forth between moto and the off-road scene, giving him a wide range of experience on the bike. Of course, all of this led to one thing: Lindsay loves working on his bikes almost as much as he loves talking about them. When he’s not in the Vital MX forum or writing his latest product review, you can find him out at the track taking dirt naps, snapping some pictures, or drooling over the latest parts for his bike. With an outspoken personality, gearhead background, and as Vital MX’s guru for product, Michael is here to share his unbiased opinion.


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Baja No Pinch Ultimate Tire Tool
The Baja No Pinch tire tool is designed to simplify the installation of your dirt bike tires. The rack and pinion system pushes the tire over the rim, eliminating the chance of a pinched inner tube during installation. The Tool is constructed to be both light weight and strong, and can easily be carried in your travel pack.
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