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Is this tire ok? Rubber peeling from wire bead :(

Old 10-13-19, 02:32 PM
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Is this tire ok? Rubber peeling from wire bead :(



I had bought these Vittoria Randonneur tires probably back in 2014? 700c x 37mm, mounted once on my mtb for maybe 30 miles then put away till now. I kept them inside, and decided to experiment with using them on a cheap gravel build.

So I'm trying to mount them and the rubber is peeling from the wire bead! Ugh, from the included photo even the fabric casing is getting rubbed away. I'm afraid these tires are done for. I'm trying to mount them using Pedro tire levers unto DT Swiss R460 rims, haven't had this happen to my other road tires (ugh these rims are tough to mount tires on!)

So should I throw away these tires? Thanks for sharing any info!!
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Old 10-13-19, 02:34 PM
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I don't see a pic but I'd throw them out. I had something similar happen to a vittoria randonneur 26 x 1.75 tire. There is no reason to risk a tire failure on a bike ride.

I am not impressed with the tire.
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Old 10-13-19, 03:35 PM
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Toss them. The strength of a tire is in the fabric/wire cords and yours are seriously compromised. They are unsafe and not usable. They might even blow out in your face while you are inflating them.
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Old 10-13-19, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by dsbrantjr View Post
Toss them.
Agree.
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Too fuzzy (in more than one way).
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If you use them prepare for trouble, I'd toss them
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Old 10-14-19, 11:07 AM
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Thanks all, yup I figured they're bad so out they went. Thanks for the info @bikemig, what a bummer!

Good riddance I suppose, I've got a set of Gravel King SK's enroute now
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Old 10-16-19, 02:52 PM
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hmmm, 2 wires? that's cool. this tire only had 1

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Old 10-17-19, 07:51 AM
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hmmm, 2 wires? that's cool. this tire only had 1

Yikes that looks like a roadside failure!?
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Old 10-17-19, 07:59 AM
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Yikes that looks like a roadside failure!?
yup. I drove 2 hrs to get to that place. was in the woods alone. changed 1 tube not figuring out what tore it. got down the trail a cpl miles more & it blew again. that 2nd time I saw what was going on. used my last tube & used some electrical tape & a band-aid to cover the wire end. had nothing on me to snip it with. got it to seat & inflate & hold my weight but played it safe & hitched a ride back to my car. yeah that day stunk
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Old 10-17-19, 01:31 PM
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Stick some toast in it - it's forked!
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Old 10-17-19, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by GrainBrain View Post
I can see about an inch of bare wires. That would be entirely unsupported.

You're at a serious risk of a blowout.

You might be able to do a field repair with a sewing awl, but not for use just because.
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