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    Tires- Question from a newbie

    On an earlier post I asked for some recommendations for a folding tire for an up coming tour. Thanks to all who responded. I also asked asked on Crazy Guy and now I have a question.
    Is there any "difference" in running a folding vs. a non-folding tire? Some have said there is more of a chance of it coming off the rim.
    So since this is my first time venturing into "folding tire land" I would really appreciate your comments and advice.
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    I can't verify this from personal experience, but if I recall, a long ago thread that made some sense suggested that it is actually the wire bead that has a greater likelihood of expanding with heat on major descents, and therefore being more likely to blow off. I'll be interested to see what others say.

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    Properly inflated and on the appropriate rims neither type should blow off the rims. Foldable tires are a tiny bit lighter and may have slightly more flexible sidewalls leading to an improved ride. In wider widths it is harder to find top performing foldables.

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    What Tom said...
    Also folding tires should give a bit better ride, road feel, suppleness, etc. but with new materials, technology, etc. not sure how wide that gap is.
    If I remember correctly wire, etc. bead tires did not accept the higher air pressures that folding bead tires will accept.

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    I posted the question a while back about the risk of blowing a folding tire off of a rim vs a wire beaded tire. We live in an area with a lot of steep hills and safety is a top priority for me. We have run 28 mm wire beaded Gatorskins for years, but someone had posted about a good deal on some folding ZX which come in 28 width and I got interested in trying them due to the much lower weight. The consensus of the comments my post received was that if anything the folding tires would be less likely to blow off the rim due to brake heating than would the wire bead tires. I went ahead and bought the ZX Schwalbes and I'm really glad that I did. They feel much faster and smoother than the Gatorskins. So far no problems with them.

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    I fail to understand why, all else being equal, a folding tire would perform any differently than the same tire with a wire bead. Folder will be lighter, of course.
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    Thanks for your replies!!

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    Back in the 1980s, we blew 2 wire-beaded tires on our tandem in less than one week. We were doing test riding for a company and needless to say the tires did not pass our test.
    Have used folding tires on our tandem for over 10 years and have not had any issues.
    They are easier to mount/dismount and have wear/longevity equal or better to wired ons.
    We normally use the Maxxis Re-Fuse 700x 25s.
    Just our input/experience.
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