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At the risk of starting a religious thread, aside from being easier to post and store, and a for being (potentially more susceptible to) blowing out, and one perhaps being v slightly lighter than the other, I don't really know any strong reason to get one over the other.
Why should I buy folding or wired tyres?
I didn't think high end road tyres came in wire bead. Which means folding tyres, with high thread count, are more puncture resistant. Some of the top end folding tyres use duel compounds for less rolling resistance when straight and more grip when cornering. Is that an option for wired?
Tyre weight matters
yes, I'm an overweight weight weenie
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If u are buying online then u pretty much need to buy folding. Its cheaper to buy online (30 to 40 dollars for gators online compared to 70 odd dollars LBS. It is no difference as far as performance goes but folding is great for taking with u if u are doing long rides.
Folding, as others have mentioned, usually easier to fit without levers, therefore less chance of damaging your wheels, downside- normally a bit dearer.
I only run kevlar beaded tyres (except for one set of wire beaded tyres I was given to try), much easier to store, as mentioned earlier, much easier to carry as a spare.
Never had a tyre blow off a rim, not sure if I'm lucky, but that's the only other upside of wire, if it blows it may not fall off your wheel.
I've bought Gatorskins, both folding and non folding, off wiggle, and paid the same postage on both occasions. They obviously can't box the non folding, but they still get here in the same time. They came wrapped in a sealed black plastic wrap.
Reason #2. It's much easier to hide spare folding tyres from the minister for war and finance. Several wire-bead tyres hanging around is hard to justify, but a small pile of folding tyres at the back of a closet isn't as obvious.
Reason #3. Dead wire bead tyres are an absolute bitch to stuff into a wheelie bin. With the folding ones and a good pair of scissors, you can even cut them up first.
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You need a bead jack to fit them but say they are easier to fit?
Folders can be fitted with only the thumbs.
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I use a bead jack to mount both types of tire. It's much easier to use and a lot less of a chance of pinching the tube and putting holes in it.
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