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Tufo tubular clincher.(6 posts)

Tufo tubular clincher.www-mtnpedaler-com
Oct 23, 2002 12:48 PM
Here's the low down on the Tufo tubular clinchers. Senior A NCNCA champ and Sierra Nevada/Mountain Pedaler rider (Sorry had to plug myself there) Justin Morgan ran them for a while last year. This is what he had to say, "They are a good option for someone who doesn't want the expense of building a tubular wheelset. However, they are a little heavy but they can be run at low pressure and they are easy to get on and off. Also you can apply sealant to prevent flats."

I hope this helps all of you that have been asking about the Tufo tubular clinchers. See you at the races. Good Dirt. Paul
re: Tufo tubular clincher.Jakob
Oct 23, 2002 1:01 PM
Do you happen to know the overall rotating weight difference? Say, a Mavic Reflex Tubular + Tufo Tubular vs. Mavic OP + lightweight tube + Tufo Clincher vs. Mavic OP + Tufo Tubular clincher. Just curious.

thanks for the info.
re: Tufo tubular clincher.morati
Oct 23, 2002 1:45 PM
You can figure out the weights yourself if you go to and get the specs on the various tire weights.
PS. The new LPS tubbies are super supple and stick like crazy although they are more $ and wear out faster. Cheers.
re: Tufo tubular clincher.atpjunkie
Oct 23, 2002 3:41 PM
supple and sticky are usually mutually exclusive with long wear. what makes the compound stick is what makes it wear out just like racing auto tires no such thing as a 40,000 mile wear race tire in Grand Prix
re: Tufo tubular clincher.www-mtnpedaler-com
Oct 23, 2002 8:48 PM
Tufo says the clinchers weigh about 375 grams. I think the Michelins are about the same. Open Pros are about 425 grams and Reflex is about 375. The Reflexs are a little soft, we always run the CD (hard anodized). Our favorite set up is 32 hole Dura Ace hubs laced cross 3 to Mavic Reflex rims. I'll use DT Revolutions up front and on the non drive side in the rear. DT Competitions on the drive side with alloy nipples all the way around. I've never weighed the entire set up but I know it is stinkin' light. Even with a cogset on the rear it feels light.

All this light comes at a price. Justin only uses those wheels on raceday. We call them are "Sunday go to meetin' wheels". I'll have to true the rear one up a couple of times a season. Justin likes to air out a bit. The outlay of cash for a setup like this is pretty pricey and not everybody can afford to pony up the cash for a "race only" wheelset.

So do I think it's worth it? Yes. The difference is unbelievable. The tubular clincher still weighs less than a regular tubed tire.
Sunday go to meeting wheels....atpjunkie
Oct 25, 2002 6:47 PM
If a quality racer like Justin abuses wheels like that good gawd I bet they wouldn't last 20 minutes under my weight. I'm running 32 spoke 3x 14 gauge and I've broken 1 drive side and 1 non drive side spoke in the last week. I tend to break them in a sprint right at the hub connection. Usually accelerating out of corners, any advice for a super torquey Clydesdale?