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Aug 14, 2001 12:19 AM
I'm planning on getting new tyres for my axis. Was looking at Schwalbes CX Pro, a light tire (295grams for 700x32C). Do you think it's durable? What about other manufacturers; michelin, vittoria, ritchey? 700x30-38C preferable. I would mainly ride it on gravel roads, not that much mud. Thanks for your answers!
re: Tyres - Just get Tufo´sJan Gerrit Klok - "Tufo-Man"
Aug 14, 2001 1:25 AM
When talking about clincher tyres for ´cross use, nothing will ever beat the new Tufo "Tubular Clinchers". As long as your rims aren´t wider than 20mm, they´ll fit perfectly. They´re tubs with a rubber strip to securely attach it to the rim. Weight is one of the many ´plusses with this system. You need no rimtape anymore and a tyre is around 365-445 grams. You can choose out of different models and qualities. The cheapest ones are lower priced than a seperate inner tube plus kevlar clincher.
And you know why the Pro´s ride tubes, it´s just sooo much faster! I ride my spare ´cross bike with tubular clinchers and it a major cultureshock to me, incredible grip, rolling resistance and comfort. Join the pro´s without the pain of tubular wheels, mounting goes with bare hands and without glue or tools.
re: where to buy Tufo'sMarkL
Aug 14, 2001 9:47 AM
These tires sound great! Are there any mailorder places to get them, or do I have to find a local Tufo dealer and order them? Thanks.

re: where to buy Tufo'sJan Gerrit Klok = "TUFO-man"
Aug 14, 2001 10:40 AM
You can choose. stocks them pretty good, or you could look for American dealers at
I am the distributor for the Netherlands and Belgium, but not at all prejudiced. I am into cool bike stuff, it it's less than great I ditch the brand. I need to be behind it 100%.

Personal tip : gotta try these Tufo's, whether you buy them from me or not. It's a revolution in 650 and 700c tires, perhaps as big like the clinchers when they were introduced.

See here the pic I took of the 30mm top-clincher. The tube-version brought Petr Dlask to a 2nd at the last worlds...
Jan, how do they hold up with lower pressures?climbo
Aug 14, 2001 11:49 AM
i.e. do they hold to the rim with a minimum pressure and how do they go if you have a dent in the rim somewhere, does it still hold? They sound pretty good. How much are they in the Netherlands?
Jan, how do they hold up with lower pressures?Jan Gerrit Klok = "TUFO-man"
Aug 14, 2001 10:01 PM
It's "Jan Gerrit" BTW, one first name.

Well, they hold up swell I must say. I use the brand-new top-model, and it's SO suptle, that you relly need to put some air into it. It provides plenty of traction and grip at a slightly higher pressure than your average tube I guess. I had people who know just HOLD the foldeed tyres and fall in love with them, their suptleness is thát obvious..
The rubber clicher strip bites into the rim once inflated, so it has more than just the mechanical grip when flat.
I weigh 84 kilo's and I'm know to take my turns in a rough manor, and I had no problems at all.

Advised retailprices vary from Euro 29,5 for a 28mm C Diamond Pro (snow and hardpack) to Euro 59,90 for the 28-30-32mm top-model with cross-knobs. The 34mm is slightly more. Prices on other continents I cannot guess.

Here the pic for the cheapest tire, the C Diamond D28. "C" in tyretype indicate the clincher-technology. There's also a full line of road-'clichers', even for 650c triatlon!
maybe I'll try them one day, Prestige are about $50 US each nmclimbo
Aug 16, 2001 4:24 AM
re: Tyres - Just get Tufo´skilimanjaro
Aug 16, 2001 10:12 AM
Will they work with Mavic MA3s. The mavic website states that MA3's are 20.2mm outside edege to outside edge.
The revolution in 'clincher tires'Jan Gerrit Klok = "TUFO-man"
Aug 16, 2001 11:59 AM
Exactly the measurement I took yesterday, 20,2mm.

Yes, I think they should work. But still, most important is that the inside diameter is not too great.
I consider tubular clinchers as the #1 way to upgrade any clincher bike. For some $25-$55 you lose typically 50-150 grams on a innertube/clincher/rimtape combination. At the same time, you get a performance only equalled by true tubes, and then just because of the obvious weight advantage.
Read here what the factory mailed me about their new 'cross tyres :

"The Elite cyclocross tires have an extra high TPI and that is the reason of great resistance against the defects. By means of a special compound and very fine nylon textile cord materials, the new row of ELITE cross tires is very soft and has outstanding adhesive properties practically on all surfaces."

Fellow crossers,
These tires are just DIFFERENT. Pro's will be well able to win on them (say goodbye to the Dugast-era) and they're the biggest ever breaktrough for all clincher-riders. I totally went nuts with them on the first test-ride. I used my heavy clincher wheels with the new yellow topmodel on them. It was like riding a serious bike for the first time all over again! Amazing cornering speeds and traction, rapid acceleration, considerably higher top speeds and very comfortable, just incredible.
If you are into bike performance, you cannot ignore this technology. If you are not a race-winner yet, preparre to win some places! I wish I'd had them last season, just 5 places higher in our nationals' prize money scheme would have paid for the tires' price.

Picture below is of the tubular clicher version of the previous top-model, that brought Mario de Clerq both his World Championship wins.