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Tufo tires?Offroadnut
Aug 27, 2003 5:29 AM
Anyone used the Tufo tubular/clinchers before? I really would like to try them but want to other peoples experience.
Are they hard to mount/set-up?

re: Tufo tires?elvisoncrack
Aug 27, 2003 8:18 AM
They are EXCELLENT!! Installation takes practice but they are the best. Put the sealant in them and you'll wear em out before you flat em. Enjoy!
Just got mine...Farmpunker
Aug 27, 2003 9:34 AM
So installation isn't as easy as it looks\sounds (Tufo quote: "Putting on the tire takes less than a minute.")? Any tricks to pass along?
My Elite Cs just came in yesterday. I was about to post and ask about tread life. If I mount them now and have races from the end of September to the end of November, will the tread last? I commute on my cross bike so the tires will see significant road miles as well as cross training and racing. Throw them on now or wait a couple weeks?
they'll do fine.atpjunkie
Aug 27, 2003 10:40 AM
I wouldn't do super amounts of road mileage on the Elites as they are pretty soft for traction. Installation isn't bad. first one tricky, second one easier, third a snap. Just takes practice. Tread life is good, tires wear well but Elites wear fastest. Get the T-30's or Prestige for mixed usage. I love mine.
TUFO Tubeless MTB Tires?triangleforge
Aug 27, 2003 11:21 AM
You know, after spraying liquid latex everywhere installing the Stan's Tubeless system on my MTB tires, I got to wondering...

What would it take to talk TUFO into building a tubular clincher MTB tire? All the advantages of tubeless, but MUCH lighter weight and none of the hassles of either UST or Stan's. And you could use them with whatever dang wheels you want.

Anyway, just thinking out loud...
TUFO Tubeless MTB Tires?Farmpunker
Aug 27, 2003 11:27 AM
The North American Tufo net site has a section for mountain bike tires. Coming soon sort of thing.
Looks to be a semi-slickRoger2
Aug 27, 2003 12:10 PM
tread pattern, at least what is shown. Maybe a full knob will be offered too.
head of Tufoatpjunkie
Aug 27, 2003 1:08 PM
isn't a big Tread fan. kind of a minimalist. Thinks it gets in the way of good technique. Interesting article on the Tufo MTB and the factory in general at the celopacific site.
Jim Cushing Murray went to the factory and Morati's when he went over to race the MAsters Worlds. Take everything with a grain of salt though, he is the west coast rep for these products.
Too bad if that is the caseRoger2
Aug 28, 2003 8:52 AM
I've had too many "Whoops! Where'd my bike go!?!" incidents with semi-slicks... than again, I wouldn't say I have good technique on the mtb. ;0)

Thanks for the link.
Aug 28, 2003 12:29 PM
For some reason, I've been unable to connect to the Tufo North America site for the last couple of days; I've got it bookmarked as and it's always worked before...

TUFO Tubeless MTB Tires?elvisoncrack
Aug 27, 2003 2:50 PM
they're working on it. I know a guy using this technology to develop motorcycle tires!
they'll do fine.Farmpunker
Aug 27, 2003 11:24 AM
I originally wanted the Prestige Tufos. But cyclocross world was out and so was Speedgoat. But since I ordered them from Speedgoat and then they couldn't get ahold of any, they gave me a discount on the Elites. I think I'll wait another week before mounting. I'll be interested to see how they compare with the Crossblasters I've been using. The Blasters were very light and were good in everything from loose gravel to slushy mud.
Just got mine...elvisoncrack
Aug 27, 2003 2:48 PM
less than a minuta my a**. The truth is don't be in a hurry. Take your time and do it right. If you do, The results are great. Stretch the tire at least over night if not 2 days. The more you do the easier it is. You do this by slipping it on a rim (dont worry about locking the bead on) and airing it up to about 75/80 psi and letting it set.
durring installation, start at the valve and work you way each way to the opposite side. The key is to stretch the tire on the wheel evenly. this will elliminate high and low spots in the tire. You'll probably screw this uip a couple of times. Don't get frustrated!! by the 3rd time you'll have figured out and it will be a piece of cake from here on out. You'll know why it's worth it in you first 100 feet. Stay off the pavement. Tufo designed them to hold up to everything but you will want to preserve them as much as possible.
Don't mean to be a downer but....mosovich
Aug 27, 2003 1:53 PM
Last year I used the tubular clinchers and they worked great, BUT, they were heavier than my speedmax with a tube, due to that thick black band that holds the tires on a clincher rim. Now the tubulars are super great, because they don't have the thick band and tubular rims are lighter. Just something to point out. You'll love them though, but I wouldn't use them for commuting. I only race on mine, they're too expensive to have to replace if you get something bigger than a pin hole that can't be filled with sealant.
may be heavieratpjunkie
Aug 27, 2003 9:01 PM
you can shave some weight by eliminating the rim strip. also weight is similar to my Michelines with light tubes but it doesn't pinch flat in all the rocky stuff I have to ride in. I'll take a heavier filled wheel over a light, flat and falling off the rim any day.
may be heavierOffroadnut
Aug 28, 2003 6:47 AM
That is why I was looking at them. Last year I pinch flated a few times. I want to run lower pressure and they look like the answer. If I was that worried about weight I would loss a few pounds. Thanks all for the input. I am going to give them a try. Now to find someone who has them in stock!
http://www.bicycletires.comEric Marshall
Aug 28, 2003 7:47 AM
I've never bought anything there, but I did find them while reseaching Tufos. FWIW, they don't advertise that they're out of stock. They even list more color choices than I've seen before.
tell me about itatpjunkie
Aug 29, 2003 11:39 AM
last race of the season after leading first 4 laps I was joined by my riding buddy and we put over a minute on the field. He usually beats me ( I spot him about 80 lbs and 15 years) but this course was technical and suited me well. On the bell lap after we passed the pit I attacked knowing the worst section was coming. It was the place I knew I could put time on him, I pinched and had to ride the final 2 thirds of a lap with a flat front. I went from a 'no worse than second, and a shot at the win' to 4th place. That was the last straw. If you are in SoCal I can set you up with my Tufo guy.