Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - why tubular?
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11-15-04, 09:26 AM
Hi...what are the advantages of tubular tires in cyclocross racing, and how common are they in B/C class races? thanks.
11-15-04, 09:37 AM
it was my understanding that running tubular in cx lets you reduce pressure for conditions and lessens the risk of pinch flat.
11-15-04, 10:20 AM
Being tubular they absorb shock and the rims being tubular in cross section are strong and light. Also there is no such thing as a pinch flat with tubulars because the inner tube is stitched inside the outer tire and so never comes in contact with the rim.
11-15-04, 12:15 PM
I run a Tufo clincher on my front. I have been racing w/ it at about 40 psi. No problems and handles the soft conditions great.
Maybe it's just in my head, but it does feel lighter than my speedmax and a tube. Also seems a bit faster.
I sure a true tubular is even lighter.
11-15-04, 02:02 PM
FWIW - from the Tufo site:
28 mm Tufo Prestige tubular = 290 grams
28 mm Tufo Prestige tubular clincher = 365 grams
It is possible to ride on a flat tub while virtually impossible on a flat clincher. Gets you to the service area for a new wheel.
Rolled my clincher tubular on the front this past weekend at 40 PSI taking a hard 90 degree down hill turn. Was doing OK until then...
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