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When I have the tires off next I'll measure away, Brian. Until then I can confirm that in my experience the bead is stronger than past carbon rims I've ridden.
To your first comment: yes, accurate jigs etc. are important, absolutely no doubt. But how do you ensure the reinforcement is accurately placed to begin with? I'm not the most knowledgeable of the carbon layup process (I don't imagine anyone who isn't actually working with it is) but I imagine the external placement grants confidence that the reinforced sections are exactly where they need to be.
From SCB: "We're far from the first company to reinforce high-stress areas with more material, but they're visible to ensure that the spoke hole drilling matches the reinforcement."
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