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.

H​istorically, 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.

H​owever, 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…