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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 11-15-04, 09:26 AM   #1
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why tubular?

Hi...what are the advantages of tubular tires in cyclocross racing, and how common are they in B/C class races? thanks.
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Old 11-15-04, 09:37 AM   #2
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it was my understanding that running tubular in cx lets you reduce pressure for conditions and lessens the risk of pinch flat.
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Old 11-15-04, 10:20 AM   #3
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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.
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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.
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Old 11-15-04, 02:02 PM   #5
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FWIW - from the Tufo site:

28 mm Tufo Prestige tubular = 290 grams
28 mm Tufo Prestige tubular clincher = 365 grams
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Old 11-15-04, 02:09 PM   #6
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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.
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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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