Cyclocross - Tubular V.s Clincher
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05-07-09, 07:39 AM
For being geared towards racing, I was wondering what do you guys run? And why?
05-07-09, 01:59 PM
I bought tubulars last year and glued them myself. I flayed a clincher tyre on a rough course, so I had to bring on the tubs. They are night and day better in terms of ride. Bumpy courses are handing far better, and you can get good cornering grip (with the right tyres).
You can do very well on clinchers. But you will always be walking a line between the low pressures that will help you win and the high pressures that will stop you from pinch flatting and losing. With tubs, that is gone.
05-07-09, 08:47 PM
Hands down tubulars. Rides better, corners better and you can run super low pressures without risks of flats.
A cheaper alternative would be tubeless. You can't run as low a pressure as tubulars but lower than tubed clinchers
05-08-09, 01:04 AM
I race sewups and abuse them on trails off-season when I've got some to use up. Hate the idea of retiring them if they've got any life left.
Night and day better than clinchers.
05-08-09, 07:00 AM
Only get tubulars if you are willing to glue your own. Do the job right. Lots of glue.
05-08-09, 12:10 PM
How about tubular clinchers? I've got one, but I've never used it. Looks like an interesting idea, although the availability and cost are not attractive.
05-09-09, 07:30 PM
I gotta say though, unless you are racing at the top level, tubulars are kind of overkill. After trying them last season I had a hard time (rolled one, flatted another), while I've never had any trouble with clinchers.
Don't get me wrong, tubs are great, but for a mid-pack B racer like me, clinchers are waaaay easier. I have several treads I can switch around in minutes.
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