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Old 10-07-15, 06:31 PM
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Tufo Tubular Clinchers - sealant

Hey everyone,

Bought a bike used recently and it came with Tufo Tubular Clinchers. They are not a bad performing tire and I just do training miles and trainer spinning so I want to burn them up if I can.

I'm nervous about taking them really far as I can't put a tube in them if I get a puncture. Their website recommends using sealant - I checked on Amazon and everyone complains about the sealant being dried up when they get it. Can I carry around a mini bottle of Stans and use that instead? Do I just add it to the valve stem like I do with a mountain bike tubeless tire?

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Old 10-07-15, 07:49 PM
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My first and most involved experience with Tufo tubular clinchers (which was much the same in the second experience) was not very good. As the width between the "beads" isn't too variable the rim width needs to match the bead width very well. Add in a large or heavy rider/load and the chance of bead squirm/noise/nasty handling feel is ripe. Both customers who used them never got far enough to have a flat and therefore deal with the issues of on the road repairs. IIRC there was a repair kit with some sort of sealant. I don't remember the method of insertion, but the Wobler Invulnerable used a tube with a needle to inject the sealant into the cut. Perhaps the Tufo was the same?

My suggestion to you is the same that we made to both the customers who tried these tires years ago. The potential gain was far less then the likely issues. Ditch them and use a design that has had a proven record. There is a reason why the current wired on tire and tube are what they are. Andy.
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Old 10-08-15, 07:00 AM
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TUFO ACCESSORIES - TUFO TYRE SEALANT
Originally Posted by mrchristian View Post
Hey everyone,

Bought a bike used recently and it came with Tufo Tubular Clinchers. They are not a bad performing tire and I just do training miles and trainer spinning so I want to burn them up if I can.

I'm nervous about taking them really far as I can't put a tube in them if I get a puncture. Their website recommends using sealant - I checked on Amazon and everyone complains about the sealant being dried up when they get it. Can I carry around a mini bottle of Stans and use that instead? Do I just add it to the valve stem like I do with a mountain bike tubeless tire?

Thanks,

-mrchristian
Ive been riding Tufo tubular clinchers for a couple of months now and really like them. I use Orangeseal sealant in mine. The valve stems are removable on these tires. Tufo makes an emergency sealant that you add after getting a puncture TUFO ACCESSORIES - TUFO TYRE SEALANT. Tufo claims that you can still ride on the tire with no air pressure.
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Any type of sealant that will work with a normal tire should work with these. Just dump it in the valve as usual. But I'd still recommend carrying around an extra rolled up clincher (and tube) if you really go far, as not all cuts are repairable with sealant. It's an annoyance but about the same as carrying a spare tubular.

These tires are for people that want to have their cake and eat it too, which of course is not possible. They provide all the disadvantages of tubulars except for the gluing process and questionable advantages over a normal clincher tire.
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I ride Tufo tubulars. I've only had one flat and used their extreme sealant and it worked. I bought a bottle of their regular sealant, haven't opened it yet, and it's, last I checked, still liquid.
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Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
These tires are for people that want to have their cake and eat it too, which of course is not possible. They provide all the disadvantages of tubulars except for the gluing process and questionable advantages over a normal clincher tire.
Yeah, I'm going to a conventional clincher after I wear them out. I've had good luck with tubeless mountain bike tires though. The Stan's sealant can work miracles sometimes.
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You can go ahead and just put the sealant in now and it will help prevent flats. If you will be pretty far out and/or not have an option for a bail out by car I would still carry a spare tire/tube. You can strap it under the seat with an old toe strap like people will do with spare tubulars.
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I ride Tufo tubular (on one bike so far anyway) there are two types of Tufo sealant. The regular is designed to put in the tire and should fix small holes. The extreme is used for putting in after a flat (either if you didn't have the regular or if the regular couldn't handle a bigger hole. My extreme is not too old, but looks liquid still
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