- Wire bead vs folding
I’ve just had a ballache getting some wire bead tyres off some rims, so if you plan on changing tubes regularly, or for that matter rims, I’d go for folding. Folding are so much better, you can use your fingers to get them on and off so you don’t damage rims or tubes and it’s so much quicker too.Posted 8 years ago
Guess what tyres I replaced the wired ones with… yep, folding!BezSubscriber
For every person that swears folders are easier to get off rims there’s one that will swear they’re harder. IME, I’ve never noticed a trend either way.
They’re a little bit lighter, they’re a bit dearer, they’re much easier to pack into luggage/storage; and although the bead itself makes no difference whatsoever to any other part of the tyre, you do often find that folding tyres have a lighter construction as well – check the specs. And there’s nothing more to it.Posted 8 years agosolamandaMember
Unless the folder will have a tubeless specific bead I always prefer steel. I’ve had issues with tyres rolling off wheels in berms and usually a standard bead folding tyre makes it worse. I’ve noticed this issue running both tubes or tubeless. If you are only riding free-xc-ride-lite then it shouldn’t matter.Posted 8 years ago
I’m buying a new tyre and I’m torn between getting the wire bead vs the folding version. The wire bead is a couple of quid cheaper, but am I right in thinking the sidewalls will be a bit stiffer? Or will the folding tyres be lighter?
Interested in peoples thoughts and opinions
Maxxis HighRoller DHs singleply by the wayPosted 8 years agogavtheoldskaterMember
does’nt it get into rotational mass type arguments, in that folding, although only marginally lighter, is a heck of a load lighter when spinning?
either way, i’ve used folding for years (with no rolling off issues) and to me they feel more lively and responsive than wire tyres.Posted 8 years agoallyharpSubscriber
Don’t you tend to find that on wire bead tyres the rest of the rubber is of lesser quality also?
I’d happily save the money and run steel beads if there was no other difference. I know Panaracer wire bead are made in Taiwan as oppose to Japan for the folding ones.Posted 8 years ago
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