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    Tires...wire-bead vs Kevlar

    So as I considered shaving weight off my new 29er, that came with wire-bead Schwalbe Rocket Rons, one tried and true method was always going foldable on the skins. Without a whole lotta research I bought some Kenda Slant Sixs, assuming they would be much lighter being Kevlar. Not true, they are actually heavier. Old assumptions are no longer safe.

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    That's a reasonable assumption for the same brand, make and model of tire, on a 26" tire the folding bead will likely be 100gms lighter, and likely 120gms on a 29" tire, so your folding Slant Six is likely 120gms lighter than a wire bead Slant Six in the same size and compound.

    When you look at the huge range of tire weights you definitely can't make that assumption across different brands and models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireGoose View Post
    Without a whole lotta research
    Pretty much sums up why most people can't navigate through life either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireGoose View Post
    So as I considered shaving weight off my new 29er, that came with wire-bead Schwalbe Rocket Rons, one tried and true method was always going foldable on the skins. Without a whole lotta research I bought some Kenda Slant Sixs, assuming they would be much lighter being Kevlar. Not true, they are actually heavier. Old assumptions are no longer safe.
    not to mention kenda tires pretty much suck, they are bottom of the barrel.

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    Just by looking at the tread (or how much of it) on a tire will help you out on whether it is a light tire plus sidewall thicknesses and size.

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