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Tufo tubular clincher tires(11 posts)

Tufo tubular clincher tiresmfuchs1
Nov 4, 2002 9:06 AM
Tufo makes a tubular tire that fits on a clincher rim with no glue. Has anybody tried them? What do you think? This sounds interesting but want to know more before I put out the money for a set. See here: http://www.tufonorthamerica.com/product_line.html
Seems like it makes something easy more difficultspookyload
Nov 4, 2002 4:38 PM
now instead of just replacing the tube, you have to carry a whole spare tire around like a tubular. Might as well have a tubular if you have to carry the spare. Also, the weights aren't that great compared to lightweight clinchers with ultralight tubes. That is my take on it anyways.
Gee, somehow this idea never catches on!Kerry
Nov 4, 2002 4:57 PM
These things have been around for nearly 20 years. Apparently there are just enough people willing to try them so that Tufo keeps making them, but they have never become popular. Could it be that they embody all of the pain of tubulars (mounting, repair) but are considerably heavier than either clinchers or tubulars?
re: Tufo tubular clincher tirescxer
Nov 4, 2002 11:20 PM
Tufo clinchers are very popular because they are lightweight and have most of the benefits of tubulars without the drawbacks.
They ride and grip incredibly. Punctures are basically a non-issue. Had I been riding Tufos, every flat I've had in the last 3 years would never have stopped me.

Tufos are great race tires. Most racers have "race-only" wheels and these are perfect for them. If you want to train on any tire that cost $100 retail than go ahead.

Tufos are very popular with cyclocrossers and track riders. They are excellent tires that built a reputation on quality and superior idea. My comments are based on actual use not an armchair review.
ever flat on one at speed?kenyee
Nov 5, 2002 6:41 AM
Tufo claims they'll stay on the rim, just like tubs so you'll have a better chance of surviving the rest of that high speed descent...
Define very popularKerry
Nov 5, 2002 5:13 PM
As a percentage of performance tire sales, Tufo is tiny. There are some pockets of "significant" use (some CX regions), but for every day road use, these things have little to offer on balance.
Define very popularcxer
Nov 5, 2002 11:20 PM
some CX regions? What are you talking about? Try all CX regions including Europe. Tufos can be seen in every UCI CX event.
For road use, not flatting is a damn good feature. Ride and control of Tufos is a damn good feature.

For people that actually know something about tires, CX or tubulars-- Tufos are a great option for all the reasons I listed.
Once again, define very popularKerry
Nov 6, 2002 4:17 PM
I agree that Tufos show up at every CX race. I repeat, Tufo sales are a TINY fraction of performance tire sales. That does not meet the definition of VERY POPULAR where I come from. Oh, but I obviously know nothing about tires, and you do. My bad.
Once again, define very popularcxer
Nov 6, 2002 6:12 PM
Good, I'm glad you finally came to the realization you know nothing about tires. Your posts indicate the same thing.
Tufo tubular clincher tires - difficult mounting to AeroheadsAvidrider
Nov 7, 2002 4:07 PM
I purchased last year and were very difficult mounting to Velocity Aerohead rims. I had to return them as I found I could mount a clincher and tube faster than mounting the Tufo tubular clincher.
re: Tufo tubular clincher tiresmfuchs1
Nov 8, 2002 8:26 AM
Thanks everybody.I didn't mean to start a fight. I think that I will pass on them for now espcially since I have Aerohead rims.