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Old 05-24-03, 07:29 AM   #1
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TUFO tires

Has anybody any experience with the TUFO tubeless tires from the Czech Republic?

They have tubless tubulars and tubeless tubular clinchers.
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Old 05-24-03, 08:47 AM   #2
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I have read wonderful reports on Tufos.
D*Alex really liked Tufo's and would have responded
if he were still around.
I believe their flat preventer (like slime?) is also
pretty good.

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I have ridden several incarnations of their tubular clinchers. I really like them for their ride quality and high pressure capabilities. They are decently easy to mount and a folded up spare fits nicely in your jersey pocket sticking out just enough to let the other riders know you are hard frickin core. I highly recommend them. They can be had for around 35 dollars per tire which isnt bad considering the price of Axials and the like.

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I haven't used their tubular-clincher tires, but I do use their Giro-Twix Model Tubulars on my race wheels.

I've ridden Gommitalia's, Veloflex's, Vittoria's, Tufo's, Continental's, and in the end... I've settled upon the fact that the Tufo's are ABSOLUTELY #1.

All the other tubulars that have tread on them wear off in about 400 miles (2 months of racing at most). The Tufo Giro Twix's last me a whole season of races before they get worn down. I've never had them flat (I have flatted the Gommitalia's and Vittoria's) and they've never had weird problems with them (some Continental Competition 22's I was racing had the base tape de-laminate causing a huge and violent crash about 18 months ago). They're inflatable up to 220 PSI, in case you'd ever want them that high (I usually race them at 150-160). They've never washed out on me when taking a tight crit corner in the rain.

And on top of all that, they can be had for about $50-55, which is cheaper than the $80 or so that you'll spend for the other brand's top of the line models.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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I have just purchased a set of tubeless tubular clinchers-(if that description doesn't confuse everyone, I'd be surprised!)

The ones I have are CS33 specials-I think. They weigh about 330 grams complete. That would have to be compared to tire and tube in other makes.
The pressure recommended is 115 to 175 lbs. I paid $78 each Cdn.

Can't wait to get them on. Some guy though came in and bought the entire shipment of TUFO sealant, so I think I will carry a fold-up tire and tube when I use these. They say they feel very close to sew-ups, and some people swear by them. I will let you know my impressions.

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We do pretty well at our shop with the Tufo tires, both tubulars and tubular clinchers. Our other shop manager swears by 'em.
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I use TUFO tubular clinchers on my cross and road bikes. There was a little discussion on the cross section of this board a while ago I think.

They are wonderful and I swear by them. They are excellent tires. You get the benefits of a tubular with ride, control and durability- as well as higher pressures.

They are a BIATCH to put on though! You only have to mount them once and you don't need rim tape but be prepared to spend 20 minutes yanking those suckers on! That's the only downside to them.

For cyclocross, they are the final word -well, for clinchers anyway. On the road, they are excellent also. I think they are excellent!
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I use the tubular clinche as well. By and large I like them but I have to agree with and even magnify what RacerX said about mounting. Truly a *****! Once on though there they stay. Like with "regular" sew-ups you can ride a wide range of pressures. You can go low w/o worrying about pinch-f#@$s or, with the Specials and if your pump can handle it, all the way up to 175psi.

Have been told their sealant works well but so far with several months of use haven't had to try it out. I mostly ride known roads though.

I don't know if they're the cat's meow but they ain't bad.
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THANK YOU! for all the replys. Due to your enthusiasm, I've ordered a pair. Thanks, again.
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