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Tubular recommendations?(4 posts)

Tubular recommendations?Dave_Stohler
Dec 26, 2003 4:01 PM
Due to the recent acquisition of a decent-paying job, I'm currently considering my options for my next road bike (this one will be self-built, although probably on a factory frame). I'm a tubular rider, and that is not something which will change on my new bike.

In the past, I've used all kinds of tubulars, and have come to the conclusion that cheapo tubbies ain't worth cr@p. I've used Conti Sprinters and Tufo S33 specials and S22's, but have issues with all of these. The Sprinters are good, but quality control and puncture resitance seem to be low. The S33 Specials are fine, round, practically impossible to puncture, and also have extremely low rolling resistance, but ride hard and grip feebly in the wet. The S22's ride better, cost less, grip better, and (so far...) haven't worn much of flatted, but they are a bit heavier than the S33's. Good tire, though.

So, considering my observations on the tires I've already used, I'd like opinions from anybody who has used the following tires:

Conti Competition 22mm (21mm?)

Vittoria Corsa

Veloflex

I'm particularily concerned with the following issues:

Roundness
Ride
Grip
Durability
I am using Continental CompetitionaOldMan
Dec 26, 2003 4:52 PM
I currently am using the Continental Competition tubular tires in the 22mm format. I purchased four of them a few months ago. They all have been mounted to check for flaws. They were all perfect. The only downside of these tires is that they are a b**ch to stretch on to the rim.

They ride great. No issues at all. I cannot speak to the durability yet on this batch, but by every other measure they meet my expectation for a high quality tubular tire.

If you buy them in the UK, you can purchase them for about $50each. In the US, biketiresdirect.com or www.worldclasscycles.com have good prices for them.

You might also want to check out the veloflex Roubaix. They are a 24mm tubular, which should offer a more comfortable ride. I want to pick up a punch, but will need another pair of wheels first.
Veloflex Roubaix?gmikes
Dec 26, 2003 6:26 PM
Have you ridden the new roubaix tub? I love fat tubs and I love veloflex. Where do you get them from?
Not yetaOldMan
Dec 27, 2003 2:01 AM
I have not tried the Veloflex Roubaix yet. But they do look sweet. You can pick them up at www.worldclasscycles.com

I am debating between these and the Continental Competition 25's for a long distance tubular tire.