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    Tires that fold into a box?

    I was just at Walmart and went to look at the bikes and bike parts and noticed that mountain bike tires come folded into a small square box, about 6x6x6 inches in diameter. It's been about 4 or 5 years since the last time I looked at bike tires for sale, but I remember tires used to be hung from a rack because it was impossible to fold them like that. What is the deal with these folding tires, are all MTB tires like that now, or are these some kind of low quality tires that I should stay away from? They're obviously made from different material if they can fold like that because I've never seen any MTB tire that maleable.

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    Don't ever shop at walmart, especially for bike parts. Real folding tires are made with kevlar beads instead of steal. Who knows what the walmart ones are.

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    The beads most foldable tires are made with Aramid (Kevlar) yarns, allowing them to fold unlike a steel bead tire. Folding tires are generally lighter in weight as well.

    As for the Walmart tires, they probably are OK, however caveat emptor
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine
    Don't ever shop at walmart, especially for bike parts. Real folding tires are made with kevlar beads instead of steal. Who knows what the walmart ones are.
    Just for kicks, I cruised through the bike aisle a month or two ago in Wal-Mart. They had WTB Motoraptors in kevlar bead. I was kind of surprised. Granted, those tires are extremely easy to slash.
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    all the walmart tires that i have seen or used are worn out ( sides cracking) in about a year or two

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    So this is how bike tires are made these days? When did this change take place?

    And yes, I know Walmart can't match the quality of a LBS when it comes to most types of bike parts.

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    - i used wire-rimmed 700x27 Speedblends on one of my rides... they're made in the Land of the Rising Sun and came figure-eighted in a small box - super-quality tires with a great colorful ride at a good price (US$19 each from, of all places, target.com)...

    - pic of similarly colored tire here at Rivendell

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    Quote Originally Posted by taylor p
    all the walmart tires that i have seen or used are worn out ( sides cracking) in about a year or two
    What is your point? I have never had a tire last a year--- and I am talking Michelins, or any other real brand. Six months is a long lasting tire.

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    I never use folding beads, sure they're lighter and easier to put on, but they just dont suit my riding style.

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


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    Quote Originally Posted by wethepeople
    I never use folding beads, sure they're lighter and easier to put on, but they just dont suit my riding style.
    that's because you need the strongest, most advance tire bead technology that money can buy in order to land those road gaps!!


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    My mobsters are foldable, and almost impossible to put on.

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    Shopping at Wal-mart for biking stuff = bad.

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    There were tons of folding MTB tires available 4-5 years ago.

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    I like this

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    Quote Originally Posted by mx_599
    that's because you need the strongest, most advance tire bead technology that money can buy in order to land those road gaps!!

    It's true.

    Watching a tire fold over after a fifty foot double is enough to make you drop a log.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Danneskj÷ld
    There were tons of folding MTB tires available 4-5 years ago.
    or over 10 years ago..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine
    or over 10 years ago..
    ...and even longer ago.

    I was merely addressing the OP's ridiculous claims based upon his stated time frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Danneskj÷ld
    ...and even longer ago.

    I was merely addressing the OP's ridiculous claims based upon his stated time frame.
    Oooooo,if you weren't an ultra super magnum senior member you might get in trouble for that remark.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by filtersweep
    What is your point? I have never had a tire last a year--- and I am talking Michelins, or any other real brand. Six months is a long lasting tire.
    they hardly ever were riden and only on the road it semmed to be more sun and water that did it

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    Quote Originally Posted by filtersweep
    I like this
    I like this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Danneskj÷ld
    ...and even longer ago.

    I was merely addressing the OP's ridiculous claims based upon his stated time frame.
    Have you participated in any arguementation debates?
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