Mud, Gore & Guts
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Bloomfield, NJ
Bikes: 2012 Van Dessel Gin & Trombones; 2011 Masi Speciale SSCX; '87 Peugeot Cannonball Express
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Wait. I just went back to an earlier post where you wrote:
Originally Posted by simonaway427
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...
If you're concerned about the trouble of gluing a tubular, don't get wheels where you need to remount tires every time you need to true them.
I'm rolling on FSA RD-460s (road clinchers) with Maxxis Mud Wrestlers on my bike and have never gotten a pinch flat even where I should have gotten one. I ran them at 30 psi (my weight's 187) over rocky ground and even ran them on a muddy/snowy/icy course at 16psi (unintentionally) without a pinch flat. I'm not sure going tubular is worth it with a clincher wheel like that.
I do like having the ability to change to different tire treads quickly and economically. That's something that you can't do with tubies. Of course around NJ a general all purpose tire like the Maxxis Mud Wrestler, or Michelin Mud2 is more important than running tires for specific conditions because of the range of conditions that you see here.