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Anyone use Tufo "tubular clinchers" ?(7 posts)

Anyone use Tufo "tubular clinchers" ?filtersweep
Sep 6, 2002 6:17 PM

I'm just curious about these...

I am a bit skeptical considering there seems to be one manufacturer doing this... anyone have any experience with these? How are they for flat repairs?
Good stuffB123
Sep 6, 2002 6:43 PM
I'll start by saying they are great tires.

But...Why? They are everything a tubular is - both good and bad, but nothing of a clincher. You can fix most flats with the Tufo sealant, but that still leaves you carrying a spare tire in case of a major gash on a long ride. For racing I use tubulars, for training I use clinchers, why mix the two?

I'll end by saying that I am a dedicated Tufo fan, I ride nothing but tufo; road, track, and cross.
re: Anyone use Tufo "tubular clinchers" ?Akirasho
Sep 6, 2002 9:01 PM
... I've used 'em on a 650C TT bike...

It was an opportunity to run a tubular tire on a bike equipped with clincher rims (higher PSI... I've already invested in specialty 700C tubular wheelsets but didn't want tubular only for the only 650C bike I've got).

There has been a lot of debate of late as to the merits of tubulars in general, let alone a tubular clincher... and while neither the pure tubular or tubular clincher is for everyone, they do offer alternatives (many debates revolve around certain rationales... which at some point fails in cycling... otherwise, we'd all ride the exact same thing). Tufo is, to my knowledge, the only company offering this option (which seems better than Henry Ford's "... any color you want as long as it's black"). Feel free to sift through opinions as well as the pros and cons and decide what works best for you.

... the rear disc is a pure tubular, but I've also got a rear 650C clincher 404...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
All you need to do is glue them to your rims...OffTheBack
Sep 7, 2002 5:12 AM
...and you have the worst of both worlds! All the hassle and expense of a sew-up, with the weight of a clincher! What a great idea! Next idea: clipless pedals with a toe strap!

OK, I'm a little grouchy this morning. See Akirasho's post for a balanced perspective.
Can you say "gimmick" or "failed concept"?Kerry
Sep 8, 2002 3:28 PM
These things have been around for at least a decade and never caught on. Any questions?
re: Anyone use Tufo "tubular clinchers" ?Avidrider
Sep 9, 2002 12:47 PM
Compared to tubulars, I had a great deal of difficulty mounting to my Velocity Aerohead clincher rims and consequently returned to the retailer. I found no advantage over conventional clincher or tubular tires.
re: Tufo flat repairJimP
Sep 10, 2002 8:22 AM
You asked about flat repairs - you don't repair Tufo tires. Tufo claims to be a tubeless tubular or tubular clincher. They put a thin layer of butyl on the inside of the tire that makes it "airproof" and thus, doesn't have a tube. They make a sealant that does seal some leaks but I have suspected that it may attack the seal where the valvestem is glued into the tire. I went through 4 Tufo tires last year where 3 of them ended up leaking at the valvestem. I am back on Continentals this year.