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What is the lightest clincher tire and tube?(8 posts)

What is the lightest clincher tire and tube?niteschaos
Jul 3, 2002 4:46 AM
I'm wearing through my tires and I want to upgrade. I'm thinking that getting lighter tires and tubes would be the cheapest way to increase the performance of my bike because it is rotating weight I'm reducing and it is a purchase I'd have to make anyway. I'm currently running the stock Contenintals and no name black rubber tubes that came on my Mavic CPX-21 rims.
supersonics?DougSloan
Jul 3, 2002 6:13 AM
Might be Conti Supersonics and Performance Lunarlite tubes. I think the tires are 145 g at 20 mm and 155 g at 23 mm. The tubes are right under 50 g.

You better have clean roads.

Doug
for racing only thoughColnagoFE
Jul 5, 2002 8:27 AM
No way would I ride these as training wheels unless I was made of money and liked to change flats a lot. Go for something like a GP or GP3000 if you want a good all around tire you could also race with.
re: What is the lightest clincher tire and tube?charyne
Jul 3, 2002 7:06 AM
I use the Michelin Pro Light....I think they are great
re: What is the lightest clincher tire and tube?Juanmoretime
Jul 3, 2002 8:14 AM
I'll second the Michiln Axail Pro lights and the Performance tubes. I ride the fron for about 2,000 miles and rotate it to the rear for another 1,000. 3,000 miles from a very light tire is OK in my book. The best price on the lights is from Bill Larson, $33.00. Do a search under the Cassifieds to find Bill. LoL
re: What is the lightest clincher tire and tube?weiwentg
Jul 3, 2002 10:30 PM
conti supersonics are race-only tires - best not to train on them. I'd upgrade to Michelin Axial Carbons and save the supersonics for races with smooth roads.
yes, racing onlyDougSloan
Jul 5, 2002 10:20 AM
I tried them in training. Flatted every single ride. No fun.

The combination of Supersonics and Lunarlite tubes on some really light wheels is incredible. That's something you can really feel. I used them on American Classic hubs/Revolution spokes/Velocity Aerohead rims for the climbing bike for the 508. It felt really good to jump on them and climb away. Note that I had a support car right behind me, though.

Doug
a support car? you lucky son of a ... nmweiwentg
Jul 5, 2002 1:01 PM