I'm about 100 miles from needing a new rear tire. I'm trying to evaluate the benefits of a tire with a Kevlar bead vs. wire bead. I know they're foldable, but that doesn't matter to me (don't carry spare tires), and I realize they are easier to change. However, they're about 50% more expensive than comparable wire bead tires.
What I'm wondering is how important the weight savings is. I realize we're talking rotational weight, which is one of the most critical areas to reduce weight, but considering I have middle-of-the-road wheels (Sun Mach IV rims with 15g SS spokes, Deore hubs), I'm wondering if I'll notice a difference.
BTW, I will be replacing Tioga Terra Firma tires (26 x 1.95). No complaints about this tire, but the tread is wearing fast.
And while we're here, any recomendations regarding Kevlar beaded tires? My riding is all XC, with dry, dusty conditions. Roots and rocks galore.