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Tubulars as my only wheelset? Good or bad idea?DustBowl
Feb 28, 2003 12:19 PM
Both my front and rear wheels are old, and thanks to a recent high speed downhill flat tire I have kissed about 1/4 of the eyelets on my rear rim goodbye. This has prompted me to think about rebuilding both of my wheels. I am wondering if tubulars are a realistic option for me. Keeping in mind that these are my only set of wheels for this bike and I have never had tubulars before, is this a good idea? The bike gets a fair amount of use which is primarily off road/race use. As a result, I have very little need to change tires ever.

Will flat tires be a major issue? I know that tire sealant can be used but how well does it work? What are the downsides to using tubulars? My other option whould be to stick with clincher rims and get Tufo tubular/clincher tires. I imagine that with running low pressures it is likely that I would eventually damage the sidewall flange of a clincher rim though. This is something I have had problems with on my mountain bikes rims. I envision that a tubular rim would require a lot more of a beating to deform it.

What would you suggest and why?
re: Tubulars as my only wheelset? Good or bad idea?atpjunkie
Feb 28, 2003 5:54 PM
am in a similar dilemma. Am going tubie.
a) so I can use the large 34 Tufos.
B) so I can run lower pressure (I'm a Clydesdale and low pressure on a clincher to me is 55 psi)
C) Have Tufo, Tube Clincher on my other cx bike and like 'em figure I'll love the 'real' tire.
D) Tubie rims are stronger (like you said about sidewall)

You'll flat less, the rims are stronger by design (closed loop vs. U shaped of a clincher rim, sidwalls more vulnerable.
Get the Tufo's, they are tubular and tubeless. The sealant works great. Especially if this is for a 'race' bike. If you plan on doing adventure rides maybe a clincher but then again you can carry a tube of sealant and a CO2 on a ride as easy as an extra tube.
The main fear with Tubies is you will roll it off the rim. very rare if you install right. Only advantage to a clincher is you can change tires easier (road to race to whatever)
good luck
re: Tubulars as my only wheelset? Good or bad idea?mackgoo
Mar 1, 2003 11:46 AM
I run tubs on my cross bike and my road bike. But then I wouldn't have it any other way. Practically speaking I have no problems.
re: Tubulars as my only wheelset? Good or bad idea?triangleforge
Mar 3, 2003 8:22 AM
I'd agree with the above; for a "primarily off-road/race use" bike, tubulars will be great. Using the Tufo sealant in both Tufo and Clement tires, I've (knock on wood) never yet had a completely disabling flat. Every once in a while I get a slow leak, which is generally solved by renewing the sealant.

re: Tubulars as my only wheelset? Good or bad idea?flyweight
Mar 4, 2003 2:16 PM
I've run TUFO's exlusively on my Colnago and had only two flats in 3 years. One was a pinch flat - yes, it's possible - which resulted from a very botched attempt at a Sven Nijs impersonation. Sealent doesn't do anything for punctures on the basetape side of the tire. The other was a puncture that was too large for the sealant to seal. This made a huge mess as the sealant sprayed all over the bike and it is not easy to get off.