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    Wire bead vs. kevlar bead

    Any benefit to one or the other? Is this just a feature to save weight?

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    I often wondered the same, all I can see is that you can fold up a kevlar and carry it as a spare. Maybe save a few grams if that's your thing.

    Any other differences?

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    As I read on the forums from a large thread, the difference is weight and that you can fold the kevlar. The weight is minimal too btw.

    right?

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    i have found that kevalr is easyer to install on certian rims

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    Quote Originally Posted by norsehabanero
    i have found that kevalr is easyer to install on certian rims
    It's funny you mention that. I dislike installing kevlar MTB tires, however my girlfriend finds them so much easier. It's not a huge deal, but to me the wire beads have always been easier to manage

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    Wire-bead tyres tend to weigh about 50-100gms more than kevlar-bead tyres... Find some tyre models that come in both and compare the specs.

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    Yes, installing wire beads on some slightly oversized rims can be next to impossible. Or the wire bead you get may be a tad too small for your rim. So i get the kevlar beads & avoid the problems. They normally cost more, but you can get them discounted from the catalogs or sometimes on sale at your LBS.

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    I've also heard that wire beads stay on the rims better in super extreme conditions...hence their use on downhill bikes.

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    i always thought kevlar was to prevent punctures. maybe i've been living a lie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timhines
    i always thought kevlar was to prevent punctures. maybe i've been living a lie.
    we are talking about kevlar bead here.

    I like kevlar, the main reason is the fold-ability but it doesn't hurt that they are lighter
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