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Ultralight clinchers(2 posts)

Ultralight clinchersmapman
Apr 13, 2001 2:14 AM
Anyone out there have experience with the ultralight clinchers on the market? Axial Pro Ultra, Velocity & Conti 3000 come to mind. How do they hold up for everyday rides? Flat frequency and longevity?
Racing onlyDog
Apr 13, 2001 5:58 AM
I've used Conti Supersonics, Vittoria Ultra's, and Axial Pro Lights. They all tended to cut and penetrate easily, with the Supersonics the worst, and AP's the best.

Yes, these tires, combined with light wheels and tubes, make an incredible difference in accelleration and climbing. But, particularly the Supersonics, they do flat and wear out very easily, and there is an increased chance that you will lose more time due to flatting than you save.

For a 60 mile race on good pavement, or certainly for a crit, go for it. Don't even think about them for training, though. It won't be worth the money and time from the flats. Reserve them only for the best conditions. For training, a few seconds faster up a hill or even for that city limit sign sprint just won't be worth it. Believe me, I've tried them all.