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Old 02-12-08, 09:29 AM   #1
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Tubular Clinchers???!!

I had no idea that these were out there. Is anyone riding them?
Further more, can anyone provide a quick break down of which tyre is best for which application?

And here's the link: http://www.westernbikeworks.com/sear...ty&man=tu&tn=0

Shall we discuss?

(Edit: Or I could use the "Search Forum" function and find three other posts identical to this one. :/ Sorry.)

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Old 02-12-08, 11:11 AM   #2
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It's a tubular tire that's designed to fit between the flanges of a clincher rim.

To me their biggest advantage is that, since they don't rely on the tire beads to hold the tire on the rim, they can be inflated to ungodly air pressures.

I like to run my tires at lower air pressures. I pump my tandem tires to 100psi front and 110psi rear and don't pinch flat. I'm not interested in trying tubular clincher tires.
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It's a tubular tire that's designed to fit between the flanges of a clincher rim.
Actually, they have a clinch block that does hook into the clinch flange of a wheel.

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To me their biggest advantage is that, since they don't rely on the tire beads to hold the tire on the rim, they can be inflated to ungodly air pressures.
As stated above they do use the clinch flange, but they can be inflated to "ungodley air pressures" because the tube is embedded in a carcass; no tube using the walls of the wheel to reach pressure.

Here's some info:

http://www.tufonorthamerica.com/tiretypes.php

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Looked into the Tufo tyres last year and They have all the disadvantages of either tyre type. Unless you are racing- then a Tub is not necessary. Not as light as a Tub- In fact not as light as some clinchers and tubes- Punctures are not easily repairable and the rubber is not as good for grip as other conventional tyres.
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^^^^^
Wow. Wish someone would have told me about all of the pitfalls. I wouldn't have ridden 11,000+ miles on them.

This should be filed under: YMMV
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^^^^^^^^

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I haven't found a better tire.....if there is one out there, where is it?
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I find they aften are not "clinching" the rim seat. I have had several tht I could move the tire on the rim when inlfated to the high pressure the tire was rated for. It was sitting in the well of the rim but not tight to it.
Very high pressure is no advantage anyway, you reach a point at which rolling resistance gets no lower but rough ride and lack of grip skyrocket.

Just because you have done something for thousands of miles, does not make it smart. I have driven a hotrod VW with no interior, an open exhaust, and no heat for three years with no trouble. That does not make it a something everyone should do.(I also trackskid my Jet Specials)

A regular clincher is a the best choice for most riders. Easy to fix. Light. Rolling resistance is as low or lower than tubulars. Cheaper. If you do not have a tubular wheel set but feel like spending $100 for a single tire clincher/tubulars are great. The exception might be cyclocross, clincher tubulars are less prone to pinch flatting, so the ability to run LOWER pressure can come in handy.
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