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Apr 10, 2003 3:49 PM
what are the best tubulars for the money? who has the best deals on tubulars? thanks...daveo
Conti Compspurplepaul
Apr 10, 2003 4:09 PM
They are 5 ply and can cost upwards of $100/each here in the US.

Check out:

That works out to $40-44 depending on exchange rates after VAT has been deducted.

Better order a bunch as shipping is around $30 to the states.

They've got them for $50. If you don't live in New York, and therefore wouldn't have to pay taxes in addition to shipping, this would probably be the way to go.
Comps or VeloflexMR_GRUMPY
Apr 10, 2003 6:43 PM
CX's used to be very good, but now they are just OK. The Veloflex version of the CX is still made the old way, so that it is still a very flexable tire. That gives you better "road feel".
If you're worried about flats, Comp's are better for that. Think of them as "Sprinters" with belts.
Apr 10, 2003 9:49 PM
I'm A big rec ridder(222#) and perfer durable tubulars(no flats),I don't like changing tubulars,but the tufo gluing strips makes the job of gluing on tub faster.
I been very pleased with Tufo tubulars(elite,HiCC & Giro twix) The HICC is very durable around $43.
Some swear by Conti's,I swear at them.Both the Conti's tubulars & clinchers I had nothing but trouble with them(conti's) most flats out of all the tires I tried.And not as well made as the Veloflex or Tufo tubulars.
For Veloflex criterium(2 for around A $100)
has tufo and most other brands at low prices
Apr 13, 2003 9:30 AM
Vittoria Corsas ride really, really nice, but they wear fast, too. Also, they don't offer a lot of protection against flats, and the latex 'fill them with air every day'-type tubes are just a pain in the @$$. Still, latex tubes are part of the reason they ride so nicely...

Conti Sprinters and Competions are nice gripping (and reasonably puncture-resistant), but are overpriced. Their quality varies considerably, too. For a tire that costs about $60/each, it's inexcusible for one to ever be out-of-round, yet it seems that every third tire (or so) is considerably non-round.

Tufo offers superior puncture resistance (especially on the Special line), at the expense of ride (and grip, on the Specials...), but they offer superior roundness at a superior price. For training tires, the Tufo S22 is nearly impossible to beat. They are round, reasonably better riding than other Tufos, they grip well, and they have a thick tread, so they will wear well, too. In all respects, they are nearly as good as a Sprinter (better in some..), all for the price of about $20-25 each.

As far as other tires, don't waste your money on cheap-junk Vittoria Rally, Formula Uno, Conti Giro, D'Allesandro, or other such crud. Michelin Liberty's are OK as a throw-away tubular, but don't expect much. Veloflex users are happy, but I've never ben able to justify spending $80 on a single tire, no mateer how nice...