Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Fredericton, NB, Canada
Bikes: 2010 S1, 2011 F75X
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Nervous about going tubular
Did my first year of competitive CX this year and did quite well (in my opinion...a mid season Cat upgrade and still got 3rd for the season)
I really want to upgrade to tubular for next year since I've heard lots of good things - big thing being ability to run lower pressures and puncture resistance.
I'm nervous about a few things
1) While I'm technically inclined, it seems like a lot of trouble to glue a tubular. If you roll one, or get a flat, its a lot of work to repair/replace vs a clincher.
2) Rolling them - a couple of the really fast guys on my circuit were severely hampered during a couple of races when they rolled their tires. Does it really happen that often?
3) Cost - most racers conserve their gucci setup for race day, and train on avg joe gear (read clincher setup). There are only 7-8 races during our fall season - not sure if its worth the cost and trouble for the benefit?
I'm 160 lbs, so I can running pretty low pressures with my current clincher setup already (Felt Cross wheels with Vittoria 34c - 42 rear/38 front)
Is it really worth it?