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    Ultra race tires??

    Anyone else who bought a bike check to see if the "folding" tires were actually wire bead?

    I'm a little disappointed, but the replacement tires are on now.
    2013 DeVinci Leo SL

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    the conti ultra race are available in both wire & folding... and bike companies usually have a disclaimer that can substitute things as needed, specs are accurate at date of publication, etc/.
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    Wire bead

    My 2011 Motobecane Immortal Inferno came with Continental UltraRace. Wire bead. 290 Grams on my scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brueg View Post
    My 2011 Motobecane Immortal Inferno came with Continental UltraRace. Wire bead. 290 Grams on my scale.
    Mine too...Big difference between the folding and wire. I wouldn't have changed it if not for a premature failure due to some glass.
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    While I certainly would want to get what's advertised (disclaimers? We don't want no stinkin' disclaimers...), let's put this into perspective.

    70 grams per tire difference between wire and folding (per Continental), multiplied by two tires, adds 0.31 pounds (units for patriotic Americans) to the bike's weight. Since that weight is all at the circumference of the wheels, it has the same effect, with regard to accelerating, as twice as much non-rotating mass - that is, like another 0.62 lbs attached to the frame. For hill-climbing, it's pretty much just the actual (0.31 lbs) weight that matters.

    Not a huge effect. But I agree, if I'm told I'm getting the more premium product, then that's what I want.

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    my bike stated that it came with ultrarace and it did not say folding in the description. what bike did you get that had folding in the description?

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    2010 Specialized Secteur Elite upgraded with 32T cassette and does not have Stan's (yet)
    2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er upgraded with 36T cassette and Stan's Arch EX rims and tubeless. Considering a 1x10 upgrade
    2013 Cannondale CAADX-6 Tiagra upgraded to 32T cassette and Stan's Alpha 400 rims and tubeless
    2008/2009 Burton T6 156cm with Burton Triad Bindings & DC Judge boots

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    My Moto came with Ultra Race wire bead and I was happy with them.
    Wore out in a season and a half. Trying 4000's now.

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    you have a legit complaint. They obviously went out of their way to state that they were the folding version and they aren't. probably too small of potatoes to be bothered making a big deal out of it tho.

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    2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er upgraded with 36T cassette and Stan's Arch EX rims and tubeless. Considering a 1x10 upgrade
    2013 Cannondale CAADX-6 Tiagra upgraded to 32T cassette and Stan's Alpha 400 rims and tubeless
    2008/2009 Burton T6 156cm with Burton Triad Bindings & DC Judge boots

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    the tires themselves are fine but there is definately a difference between folding and wirebead tires. in this case it's a 70gram difference which is significant. If you are buying a bike that is "race ready" which the bike in question is, it's definately an issue. Again, not the biggest issue in the world but an issue. For me personally on my "race bikes" that take clinchers I always run a very light 23 or 25mm tire in the 200gram range. if i got those tires I know for a fact I would find myself changing them out for new ones which would end up costing me anoter $70-$140 dollars depending on the type of tire.

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    The ad for my bike does not say one way or the other and
    the tires work just fine on my wife's bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by motobecane69 View Post
    my bike stated that it came with ultrarace and it did not say folding in the description. what bike did you get that had folding in the description?
    This one. Too, it now says UltraSport tires, not UltraRace.

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    In the grand scheme of things, I was going to change them anyway.
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    Before someone chimes in about the whole you get what you pay for with Bikes Direct...


    Does Bontrager/Trek suck?

    Trek isn't immune to this either. Imagine getting a Madone and getting cheap tires from the factory instead of good ones. This is more than just folding vs wire bead
    2010 Specialized Secteur Elite upgraded with 32T cassette and does not have Stan's (yet)
    2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er upgraded with 36T cassette and Stan's Arch EX rims and tubeless. Considering a 1x10 upgrade
    2013 Cannondale CAADX-6 Tiagra upgraded to 32T cassette and Stan's Alpha 400 rims and tubeless
    2008/2009 Burton T6 156cm with Burton Triad Bindings & DC Judge boots

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