Put Out to Pasture: The Slow, Painful Death of the Wire Bead Tire.
By: Kurt Spurlock
Ahh yes… tire beads. Those little lips that sit inside your rim and (hopefully) create an airtight seal when inflated.
Historically, this feat was accomplished by running a steel wire along the inside of the tire casing, creating a semi-rigid seal similar to what you see on car tires.
However, over the past decade or so technology has advanced and moved toward lighter synthetic materials like carbon fiber and kevlar, and wire bead tires have…