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What do I look for in a clincher for criteriums?

Old 09-09-06, 01:47 PM
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What do I look for in a clincher for criteriums?

I"m going to stop procrastinating and get back in the saddle in a couple of races (hopefully) before the year is over, but the last time I raced seriously, the only tires anyone used were sew-ups. My favorite was the 25mm Continental cotton.

So how do I choose a clincher? Not worried about weight or longevity, just grip in the corners.
Many talk about thread count, the higher, the better, producing a more flexible sidewall and supposedly better grip.

I realize I will have to try a few tires before I find one I like, but good clinchers aren't cheap and I want to make the learning curve as inexpensive as possible.

Any recommendations on what type of construction produces a good cornering tire, and what brands you recommend?
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Any high quality 23c clincher will do fine. Personally I use Continental Attack/Force (which is a 22 front and 23 rear) But Michelin Pro Race, Hutchinson's top end tires, Continetal GP 4000, and any other top of the line clinchers will be fine. Lots of people will tell you about the different ride, or handling of different tires. Personally, I've never noticed, and no one on here has ever psoted any reliable objective data to support any meaningful difference between brands at a comparable price point.
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Old 09-09-06, 03:44 PM
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I ride Conti GP4000's and have yet to discover when/where they'll let go on a dry course. Very happy with them.
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I'm a big fan of vittoria rubino pros, not so hot in the wet tho', michelin prorace2 is another fave
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My all time favs these days are Vittoria EVO CXs. I maily race crits and for a clincher, they rock, at least in my little world they do.
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Continental GP 4000s.
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Pariba Pro Criterium are what I use. I prefer them and did better on them than on by previous Attack Force. They GRIP better and feel faster as well as being a smoother ride. They are rated at 130 psi but I run them at 110psi up front and 115 in the rear and I weigh 150lbs. This is a racing tire, not a training tire. At 200 gm you can find lighter but not much better I think.
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