Aramide beads, designed to be flexible and light.
When designing their cycle tyres, MICHELIN use two types of bead, flexible beads (TS) and rigid beads (TR).
The flexible beads invented and developed by MICHELIN are made exclusively of aramide fabric, which is also to be found in bulletproof vests.
This textile fabric has a very great resistance to extension whilst being very lightweight.
These beads therefore have the special features of being very light and very strong, which reduces the overall weight by 40 to 70 grams per tyre.
MICHELIN high performance Road and Mountain Bike tyres are all equipped with flexible beads.
Tyre for hard-packed terrain
MICHELIN Wild Race’R has an optimised tread pattern
to improve performance on fairly hard-packed surfaces:
- Low tread blocks spread over the whole of the tread (very efficient).
- Diamond-shaped tread blocks set at 45° tot eh rolling direction to get more edges in contact with the surface and increase grip.