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Lightest Tubular(4 posts)

Lightest Tubularniteschaos
Jul 23, 2002 4:24 AM
What is the lightest tubular tires out there. I am looking to get some Zipp 404s and I am having trouble finding a good selection of tubulars. Getting the carbon rims modified to fit clinchers defeats the weight loss of the design as it usualy adds several hundred grams. What do you guys suggest for a tire?
Tufo S3 litesAlexx
Jul 23, 2002 4:48 AM
They have a road version that is a true 215g, and track versions as low as 160 (??)g. They are also well made and relatively cheap.
same hereDougSloan
Jul 23, 2002 5:37 AM
Plus, with the Tufo's you can pre-inject the sealant, which can seal pin hole leaks. The 215g tire is still pretty light.

What's this about modifying tubular rims to fit clinchers? I've never heard of that, unless you mean what the factory does with the 404 and 303.

re: Lightest TubularJimP
Jul 23, 2002 10:51 AM
I had the Tufo S-3s last year - 195 gm 19mm front and 215 gm 21mm back. They didn't last at all. The sealant does work for pinholes but these tires weren't really round and started to squirm on the rim after a while. They worked back and forth and started to leak around the valve stem. I went through 4 tires that way. I talked with one shop that recommended mounting the tire on "wet" glue which I tried. That could have been a bad batch, but I got them from 2 different companies. I went back to the Conti Comp GP19 for the front and a Conti Sprinter 250 for the back. These may be a little heavier but seem to last a lot longer.