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Question about tire size

Old 09-08-17, 10:06 PM
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Question about tire size

The Sunlite Kwest Tire, 26 x 1.95 (aka Kenda K193) is sold as a 1.95 tire. I noticed that after mounting, the tire was noticeably larger than a 1.95 tire on the same rim. I measured it and it was 2.2. Having two of the Kwest tires, I starting inspecting the one that wasn't mounted yet. Inside the bead, is molded "kenda 26 x 2.185".

First time I came across a size on the inside of the tire. Also that it doesn't match the size on the outside of the tire, or its true dimensions.

Is this typical or unusual?
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It's very common for tire nominal and actual sizes NOT to match precisely. So, I'm not at all surprised on that score.

However, this is the first time I've heard of a manufacturer giving himself away by marking two different sizes on the same tire.

I wonder if the inside marking was for internal use, identifying tire bodies, so they get the right tread molded on them. If so, it's possible that a customer wanted a particular tread mated with that body, and they forgot to hide the body ply mark.
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