Steel vs kevlar beaded tyres

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Richard Bates, Oct 26, 2004.

  1. Do kevlar beaded tyres require less swearing to fit than their
    steel-beaded equivalent?

    Thanks, Rich x

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  2. Peter Clinch

    Peter Clinch Guest

    Richard Bates wrote:
    > Do kevlar beaded tyres require less swearing to fit than their
    > steel-beaded equivalent?


    Will depend on the rim and the exact tyre profile. I've seen
    non-kevlar, non steel tyres put up a struggle for over half an hour,
    I've had very tough tyres slip straight on with no levers needed.

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  3. Pete Biggs

    Pete Biggs Guest

    Richard Bates wrote:
    > Do kevlar beaded tyres require less swearing to fit than their
    > steel-beaded equivalent?


    They're often thought to be harder to fit, if anything, though I'm not
    sure I believe that as I've had tight and loose fitting tyres of both
    types, of various widths, on same rims. I think it just depends on the
    model, regardless of bead material.

    ~PB
     
  4. Paul - xxx

    Paul - xxx Guest

    Richard Bates vaguely muttered something like ...
    > Do kevlar beaded tyres require less swearing to fit than their
    > steel-beaded equivalent?


    I've not found much difference between any tyres. Much of the problem with
    replacing tyres is getting the technique right.

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  5. Pete Biggs

    Pete Biggs Guest

    Paul - xxx wrote:
    > Richard Bates vaguely muttered something like ...
    >> Do kevlar beaded tyres require less swearing to fit than their
    >> steel-beaded equivalent?

    >
    > I've not found much difference between any tyres.


    Well I have. They vary enormously in ease of fit from type to type and
    model to model.

    ~PB
     
  6. Pete Biggs wrote:
    > Paul - xxx wrote:
    >> Richard Bates vaguely muttered something like ...
    >>> Do kevlar beaded tyres require less swearing to fit than their
    >>> steel-beaded equivalent?

    >>
    >> I've not found much difference between any tyres.

    >
    > Well I have. They vary enormously in ease of fit from type to type
    > and model to model.


    And rim to rim. The Specialized Nimbus I used to to run were murder to fit
    on one bike but following its untimely deth, they were transferred to the
    replacement bike and fitted quite easily.

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  7. Richard Bates wrote:
    > Do kevlar beaded tyres require less swearing to fit than their
    > steel-beaded equivalent?
    >
    > Thanks, Rich x
    >

    IME there's more swearing with kevlar. They loosen up a bit after a
    couple of weeks.
     
  8. Peter B

    Peter B Guest

    "Richard Bates" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Do kevlar beaded tyres require less swearing to fit than their
    > steel-beaded equivalent?


    The only tyres of the same type except bead material that I've fitted to the
    same rims were Panaracer Smokes and the kevlar beads were easier to remove
    and fit IIRC.
    As has been stated rims and tyres vary anyway, make to make. The worst
    ba*tard job I had was trying to fit some Specialised Fatboys to Matrix
    (Trek) rims, bad enough in the comfort of the garage but tear inducing the
    one time I had to do it on the road with freezing fingers in the middle of
    winter :-(
    The rims were swapped for 221's shortly thereafter and the problem was
    eased.

    To elaborate further: I've owned Panaracer Fire XC kevlar beaded tyres made
    in Japan that were a doddle to fit, these were replaced with the same tyre
    type, size, bead etc, made in Taiwan and they take quite a bit more effort.

    Pete
     
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