Dumb tyre question

maxfox44

Active Member
Location
Lincoln
Hi Guys

I've never actually replaced tyres on my road bike, normally change the bike before the tyres.

Anyway I want to replace the standard Giant tyres with GP4's. What are the pros/cons of the with and without wire bead?
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Lighter without the bead usually.
 

StuAff

Silencing his legs regularly
Location
Portsmouth
Wire bead= cheaper, heavier, less flexible so will be harder to get on the rim
Folding= More expensive, lighter, more flexible.

No difference to puncture resistance going from one to the other in the same tyre.
 

StuAff

Silencing his legs regularly
Location
Portsmouth
Boils down to price. If it's the same price or a few quid more for the same type, folding every time. But if it's a really good deal, nothing wrong with wired. Some tyres are only available as one or the other....
 
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