I couldn’t figure out why, seemingly out-of-the-blue, my KH 36er was pulling me hard to the left on even, level ground. I was pretty sure it wasn’t the fault of the carbon rim since it had been fine up to this point without a pulling issue. The saddle was straight, the wheel was dished, properly tensioned and trued, and the tire was inflated to the usual 55 to 60 PSI. First thing I did was flip the wheel around but the left pull was still just as prominent.
Then I took everything apart and checked the frame to see if it was possibly bent or tweaked, but it was seemingly symmetrical. I had changed cranks recently from my 110 moments to 114 ventures, so I switched back to the moments but there was no change. As a last-ditch effort I switched back to the original NR tire as I have a few extras. Took it out for a test ride and the left pull was instantly gone!
Now I’m left wondering what could possibly be wrong with the Lite tire, since there is still plenty of tread left and it appears to have even wear. Btw, I had also removed the tire and flipped that around, and made sure that the bead was properly set and even. Pretty easy to tell with the carbon Rim since the beads set with a very loud pop!
So I’m thinking that possibly because the Lite version has thinner side walls, maybe that can cause uneven support? Lastly, this was the first time I’d ridden my 36er since taking it offroad for a pretty rocky Muni ride in Simi Valley. Maybe I somehow damaged the tire.