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Sew Up or Clincher(5 posts)

Sew Up or Clinchermichael
Apr 13, 2001 6:27 AM
Just wondering what people use, and why some people choose sew up over clincher.

I use clinchers and can't see any benefit to them (except, MAYBE, if your racing and want to speed up the time it takes to change a flat, but then you need to ride around with a whole tire as opposed to just spare tubes, and that weighs substantially more - let alone the space it takes up) and the hassle is enourmous.

Just wondering.


The marketplace has spokenMel Erickson
Apr 13, 2001 7:53 AM
I think all you have to do is look at what sells to get your answer. Clinchers have improved enough that the advantages tubs may have held are now so small or nonexistent that the convenience factor of clinchers takes over. All other things being equal (which they essentially are) clinchers are easier.
The marketplace has spokenAkirasho
Apr 13, 2001 9:12 AM
True true...

The main reason I go with tubulars is for a specific rim/wheel design... witness, when I recently added a new race frame to my stable with 650C wheels, I decided to go with clinchers... With the majority of my road/TT bikes having 700C wheels, I could indulge in 700C tubulars... for a single 650C bike, it was too specialized a wheel/tire combo (I can and do swap out 700C clincher and tubulars as needed) for me. It's just easier to maintain the clincher variant.

With advancements in metal and composite technologies... as well as bead designs or perhaps something "new" in someone's R&D department, who knows what the future holds... for now, I'll still indulge a bit in a tubular or two for special occasions.

Be the bike.
The marketplace has spokenMel Erickson
Apr 13, 2001 2:11 PM
That said, I also have two sets of tubs I ride. Not as often as the clinchers but I do use them. They have the tubeless clinchers in mountain bike tires. Will we be seeing them in road tires soon? This will be much more difficult given pressures three times higher. I bet somebody's working on them.
Just ordered a set of tubular wheels...biknben
Apr 14, 2001 1:12 PM
My Zipp 303 tubulars should be here shortly. I've never had tubulars before. Gotta give them a try. I plan to ride them on some solo rides and for events.

It wasn't just a Clincher vs. Tubular decision for me. I'm hoping the carbon rim (303s only avail. in Tubular) and tubular tires will smooth out the ride of my C'Dale. The Zipps are also crazy light at about 1250 grams for the set.

Hopefully I won't make a gluey mess.