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Old 04-03-08, 01:13 PM
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Tubular vs Clincher 50mm Carbon wheels

I'm considering getting some 50mm carbon wheels from the local Pro-Lite guy. He has been holding a set of demo 50mm clinchers for me until I can pay for them, but has tubulars available. The tubular would be more expensive, but I thought the clinchers would be better for me. I don't race that often, I'm slow, and would use the wheels more then occasionally for races.

Clinchers are cheaper and I already have tires ready to go. I would share them between 2 bikes.

Tubulars are more expensive, I would need tubular tires and new brake pads, but are lighter and have a much more of a cool factor.

Any reason to dump the clinchers and go tubular?
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Any reason to dump the clinchers and go tubular?
Many reasons. That doesn't mean they are the right reasons for you.
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You don't primarily go for tubulars for the weight saving, IMO. You choose them because they corner better, are more supple than clinchers, and flat less easily.

disclaimer: I do not own tubulars, this is what I have read/heard/seen/smelled.
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If the clincher rims are all carbon you'll need special carbon rim brake pads for them.
If they have aluminum brake tracks that don't require swapping brake pads, they'll be substantially heavier than all-carbon tubular rims.
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Thanks, the clinchers have AL brake surfaces, and I think a couple 100 grams heavier. Since I would use them for a lot more then just racing, the clinchers seemed like a better "training" wheel for lack of a better description.
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If they are not race-only wheels, go clincher. Anyone who trains on tubulars is a dumba$s, with the ride quality clinchers can provide these days. Too much hassle for not enough gain.
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I don't really care about weight, but going tubular over clincher can save in the neighborhood of a pound. It is quite inconvenient, and I agree that if they are more than just race-day wheels, not worth the effort.
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Thanks guys, I figure it I have them I'll use them. I need to double check the prices and save a little more cash.
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