Wired v Folding tyres

Claud Roubaix
Claud Roubaix Posts: 76
edited January 2014 in Road buying advice
Hi all. Finally accepted that I have to change my tyres, should I go for wired or folding tyres?

I am not sure what the benefits of folding tyres are but I am tempted purely because recommended by a club member. However before I waste money could you advise me? Please.

Claud

Comments

  • Semantik
    Semantik Posts: 537
    Rigid bead tyres= cheaper, heavier, lower thread count ,less supple carcass , usually less grip and puncture resistance, less rider feedback, less enjoyment out on the road. Use them on pub bike. Get the folders.
  • That my friend is very conclusive advice. Folders it is.
    I presume that they are also easier to fit and remove?
  • Semantik
    Semantik Posts: 537
    They aren't really any more/less difficult tbh. It depends on the rim they are going on. In all seriousness if it is your only bike it is worth spending £40+ on a pair of good folding tyres- they could ultimately prevent you from crashing , which could work out a lot more expensive.
  • Hi all. Finally accepted that I have to change my tyres, should I go for wired or folding tyres?

    I am not sure what the benefits of folding tyres are but I am tempted purely because recommended by a club member. However before I waste money could you advise me? Please.

    Claud
  • A folding tyre is usually a bit lighter and supposed to roll better than a wired equivalent. I always buy folding tyres.
  • Great advice. Cheers.
  • buckles
    buckles Posts: 694
    All the best 'high performance' tyres are folding. However, that doesn't mean there aren't good wired tyres out there. Choose your tyres based on puncture resistance / grip / longevity / price, not bead wire or lack thereof.
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  • buckles
    buckles Posts: 694
    All the best 'high performance' tyres are folding. However, that doesn't mean there aren't good wired tyres out there. Choose your tyres based on puncture resistance / grip / longevity / price, not bead wire or lack thereof.
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  • dabber
    dabber Posts: 1,937
    I use Gatorskins and find the folding a lot easier to fit than the wired.
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  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Wired are just cheaper and heavier. Some tyres are available in both, so it's not necessarily the case that a folding tyre is better than a wired one. However, as already mentioned, all the more expensive high performance tyres tend to be folding.