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Any tubular riders out there?fogtown
Mar 26, 2003 12:34 AM
Last year I discovered Tufo tires, they seem like pretty good tires but they still don't ride as well as victoria cx tires. But I tried the S22 tire on the rear and the cool thing about these tires are the sealant that you need to use on them after they flat. I installed the sealant and was riding up hill toward the bridge (golden gate) and my rear tire started losing air, there were 3 guys behind me and they all checked their tires and realized it was not them and I could hear it coming from my rear. I just kept pedeling and within 10 seconds it stopped and the tire still felt firm. The 3 guys were really impressed!

Like I said, I still like victoria cx tires better, but now when I get a small leak in my cx tires, I install the Tufo sealant and I'm set. The sealant only works with butyl inner tubes and I have not tried the Slime sealants.
re: Any tubular riders out there?biknben
Mar 26, 2003 5:38 AM
Did you put the sealant in after you noticed the leak or was it already there?

I recently glued on a pair of Tufo Giro Twix tires. I used the glue tape and the sealant. The tires certainly aren't as supple as a Vittoria Corsa. Then again they do have better puncture resistance and will wear longer (I hope). We'll see how they compare over time. I like the Corsas but wanted to try some other brands to see what else was out there.

I put the sealant in just after I glued them. It clogged the valve at first, but after removing the valve core and cleaning it, I haven't had a problem since.

I also used the Tufo glue tape. I was just on a Tufo kick I guess. The glue tape was quick, clean, and easy.
Tufos goodDougSloan
Mar 26, 2003 7:35 AM
I have used Tufos for several years, and with the glue strips and sealant. They work fine, but don't be lulled into thinking you can go without a spare tire; I've been stranded several times when the sealant did not work sufficiently. Who knows how many other times it did work, though.

I think of Tufos as tougher training or racing tires, when flat resistance is important. Other tires may ride better, but what good does that do if you flat more frequently?

Contis, and some questions.desmo
Mar 26, 2003 3:44 PM
I've been having real good luck with Conti Sprinters. They're cheap (about $35 each), ride great, and so far have been very flat resistant riding in an area where I usually get lots of glass cuts and thorns.

What's the deal on the Tufo sealent? Can you use it on any tire with a removable valve core? I've heard you cannot repair the tube if you do get a puncture the sealant can't handle, true? Does it make the tire heavy and unbalanced the way Slime acts in a MTB tire?
Contis, and some questions.fogtown
Mar 30, 2003 12:46 AM
I have used the Tufo sealant on tires with butyl inner tubes with removable valve core. I believe the sealant is butyl based. The Tufo tire is made without an inner tube, but the core of the tire is butyl with sidewall and tread vucanized (sp?) together. So the only way to repair the tire is to use the sealant. But the best thing about the sealant is that it will work on other tires with butyl inner tubes.
Tufo user hereAlexx
Mar 27, 2003 7:30 AM
When you use the sealant, put 14ml in the tire-that's what they suggest. This way, valve-clogging is kept to a minimum. Still, I wouldn't expect it to work well in the cold...
As far as slime is concerned-don't waste your money. It seems to only work on small, round holes (such as goathead thorns), and not on glass punctures. It also doesn't seem to hold at anything over about 60 psig, so expect a lot of green cr@p to come out of the hole, covering everything around.