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Racing Tubulars(5 posts)

Racing TubularsSteve A
Aug 1, 2001 4:58 AM
What is the best racing tubular "crit racing" The supply seems to be low, I mean there is not much to choose from? And I want to get the right ones, having used clincher for years I'M ready to try tubular.
The new wheels I'm going to are best with tubular (Zipp 303)Any help or input would be good "thanks"
re: Racing TubularsAkirasho
Aug 1, 2001 5:14 AM
... while not as many options as with clinchers... you've got some.

I'm currently using Conti Competitions... not cheap, but I like them. Recently, I bought some Tufo tubulars and tubular clinchers... I've not had a chance to try them much... but have heard good things about them.

I believe that Continental has now introduced a new tubular... the Podium (I've seen it reviewed in "Cycling Plus" magazine).

Since you've gone with a lightweight wheelset, I'd guess you'd at least want a light yet durable tire... the Competition fits that bill.

Be the bike.
re: Racing Tubulars "what size"Steve A
Aug 1, 2001 5:31 AM
I see the Conti comes in both 700x19 and 700x22 I have heard that a larger tire is faster? As i'm interested in light weight the Conti looks good.
for crits, go with the 22's.jw25
Aug 1, 2001 6:01 AM
I think the "larger tire is faster" bit comes from some straight line testing, and comparison of tire contact patches. It seems that a skinnier tire will deform more, since its contact patch is longer and narrower. This deformation uses energy, and so decreases efficiency. A wider tire, for the same contact area, will deform over a smaller area, and so be more efficient. Thus goes the logic, anyway.
Personally, I've found 23mm tires to corner better than narrower ones, and for crits, that's really the most important thing.
On a side note, I've seen a bunch of Vittoria Corsa CX tires on Ebay, starting at $75 a pair. I don't ride tubies, but those seem to have a good reputation.
re: Racing Tubulars "what size"Akirasho
Aug 1, 2001 12:02 PM
... given the aero rim profile of your 303's, I'd go with 19's. They are a better match to retain said aero profile.

Be the bike.