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Were Mavic "Module" rims the first double-walled clinchers?

Old 01-21-24, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by lasauge
Bumping this thread with a related question: does anyone know when the first folding/kevlar bead tires appeared? In discussing this with someone else I've heard National Tire (Panaracer) of Japan as being a likely creator in the late 1970's, but I can't find anything to support that. The earliest reference to a folding tire I've been able to find is to a Michelin Bib 20 TS in a 1980 Peugeot catalog.
No memories of which was first, but I've got a 1980 Bike Warehouse catalog that lists a foldable Michelin, as well as a "new" foldable Specialized Turbo tire and the "new" IRC Handytour folding clincher. The catalog doesn't list a large number of tires, but these were probably the most common. On the left side of the page, the catalog takes time to mention the latest developments, which includes the Specialized and IRC folding tires. It mentions the Michelin as an existing folding tire, so it was likely the first.


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