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Conti's or Tufo's(5 posts)

Conti's or Tufo'scman
Nov 5, 2001 8:06 AM
I'm purchasing my first set of tubulars and I'm trying to decide between Conti Sprinters or Tufo S3's. Any feedback on either of these would be great. I found a site that has them for the same price, so that's not an issue. Just looking for performance and durability.
re: Conti's or Tufo'smorey
Nov 5, 2001 8:11 AM
I used Conti Sprinters until I tried Tufo. THey are a little noisier, but they are indestructible. I definitely am a Tufo person now.
big differencesDog
Nov 5, 2001 8:19 AM
I have both, and have raced on both.

The number one difference is grip, resulting from different rubber compounds. The Conti is relatively "normal," and gives pretty good grip. The Tufo S3 (I have the 207 gram version), has HARD rubber. Great for wear and reliability, but horrible grip. I used them in mountain event this summer, and the front tire slid out on me in turns twice (don't know how I saved it). Their adhesion is far from anything else I've ever been on.

Of course, the other difference is repairs. You can carry only the sealant and the little valve tool to repair the Tufos. The Conti's need a whole tire until you do surgery on them.

If you want to ride Tubies in training, the Tufos are ok. I'll never race on them again, though. They felt dangerous to me.

Tufo's, 4 sure!Rusty McNasty
Nov 5, 2001 8:32 AM
The last time I bought Conti Sprinters, I thought that maybe they had mis-labelled some cheap-$h!t Giros. What a lumpy ride! And they wore fst, too! All this, and $15 more than a tufo costs!
Here are the benefits of each:
grips pavement well
has nice brown sidewalls (in the conventional version-the orange one is plain ugly!)
May ride slightly better
superior roundness
more durable
sealant does work
Now, the only risk you take in buying Tufos is that they can not be repaired by patching. The tire is bonded shut-no stitches below the base tape (probably a big reason why they are not lumpy). The sealant really does work, but I'm not sure how large a hole it can handle. If the hole is too big, the tire is scrap. It hasn't happened to me, yet, and I run over some real bad stuff, too.
rode conti's for 12 years / tufo for 3 mth= go tufo (nm)dupe
Nov 5, 2001 1:45 PM