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Tufo Clincher Tubulars(6 posts)

Tufo Clincher Tubularsmorey
Oct 4, 2001 4:12 AM
Does anyone know about these? Are they any good? I rode tubulars for many years, loved them. Now I have Kysyrium clinchers. The ride is different.
Tufo TubularsRusty McNasty
Oct 4, 2001 7:27 AM
are probably the best tubulars on the market. They are true and round, never lumpy, and wear like iron. Prices are very affordable, too. I can't imagine that the clincher versions are any different.
Tufo TubularsAkirasho
Oct 4, 2001 12:28 PM
I've been using them on a limited basis and so far... two thumbs up...

I've got 'em mounted to ZIPP 404 clinchers... while they do fit... take your time mounting them (Tufo has instructions on their website http://www.tufo.com/ ) making sure to line up the "bead". It might take a couple of trys to get the hang of it. Once mounted, they are nice...

I also opted for the valve tool and sealant.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
good and badDog
Oct 8, 2001 6:04 AM
I have both the tubulars and the clincher tubulars.

The tubulars are light, around 207 grams for the S3. But, they are a bit narrow and have very poor grip (hard rubber). But, the hard rubber helps to keep them from puncturing, which mine have not. If you use the valve extenders, make sure you tighten them really well, or they'll leak air fast.

The clincher tubulars weigh a ton, around 350 grams. But, you don't carry a spare tube, just some sealant, the little valve tool, and a pump. The clinchers are a bit wider, and seem to have slightly better grip. The clinchers will take a while to install the first time, as you have to work the rubber bead part in all the way around carefully on both sides. They have not punctured, either.

Doug
good and badmorey
Oct 8, 2001 9:10 AM
Doug,
The Clincher tubulars interest me because I rode on tubulars for over 30 years. However, I have heard they are hard to install the first time. Do they feel heavy when you ride? Do you like them?
feelDog
Oct 8, 2001 12:57 PM
I like them because they don't flat, but even if they did, you can fix it with a some sealant.

The ride is unremarkable. I certainly can feel the weight compared to racing tubulars or lightweight clinchers. These are some heavy tires. I put them on my Campy Nucleons, as they are so freakin hard to change a tire on anyway. Installing the Tufo's on them is no different than installing them on any other wheel, though.

It takes a while to install, and it's not something you'd want to do on the side of the road, but then you should never have to.

I'd say you are better off using tubulars on tubular rims (of course) than using the Tubular/Clinchers. Aside from their unique construction, the advantage of the T/C's is primarly their rugged resistance to punctures and punch flats, plus some long wearing hard rubber. But, you could get that on a number of heavier normal clincher tires, anyway.

If you want the "feel" of tubulars, I don't think you get it with the T/C's. They are not the same.

Doug