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wire bead tires don't fold, folding bead tires, well,, fold. Wire beads are usually heavier. The folding variety typically usues kevlar or some other supple material for a bead and it may seat a bit better into the rim. wire beads are almost always cheaper..
 

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Most folks go folding bead, especially for XC or where weight is a factor. If you're doing DH wire is fine, but both types work OK. Kevlar beads can be easier to get on and off the rim without a tire lever.
 
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