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MTB Tire Beads Explained

MTB Tire Beads Explained (Wire vs Folding)

The tire beads are what hold the tire on the rim. As the only part of the tire actually touching the rim, beadings are important for a tire to get right - especially for air-tight tubeless tires. There are different beading materials like steel, Kevlar and aramid. Better known as wire bead tires and folding tires.