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Old 10-27-14, 10:01 AM
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Tubular road/gravel recommendations

I am looking for a tubular that will hold up for mostly road and some light grass and gravel use. I plan to run Stan's as a preventative measure.

I burned through the rear tread so fast on my last set of cyclocross tires (clincher), that I am going to go for more of a road tire and just deal with poor off road traction but I don't want to slice up a pure road tire the first time I need to hit a gravel road.

Going to mount on a skinnier rim (Sun M19AII), so looking at 28-35mm tire width range, maybe a 38.

Any real world experiences are appreciated!
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You're not going to find a 38mm tubular.

I would suggest the Challenge Strada Bianca.
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I am trying the clement x'plor USH 700x35 on my new CX bike.
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You could try a file tread. I'd not run tubbies on gravel due to the cost of a single rock puncture taking out the tire. Happened to me on a $65 clincher with less than 300 miles.
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Sew up tire users buy tires by the dozen , bring extras, since you cannot patch sewn in tubes on the road.

Cross Racing is a closed Loop you pass the pits once a lap , where you can get a Spare Bike .

then the Mechanic for your rider puts a spare wheel on the other bike.

Gravel Grinders, not being a Lap race, but 1 long point to point, Sew-ups may not be appropriate.

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The only problem I have had with tubulars off-road is sidewall damage. I've had fine success with road tubulars (Challenge Paris-Roubaix, FMB Paris-Roubaix, and Dugast Paris-Roubaix) of 27-28mm on dirt roads, but gravel and rocks will sometimes tear out the sidewall with no warning. The TUFO range largely solves that problem with their rubberized sidewalls, and I recommend them for your purposes.
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If you must run a tubular I would be looking at the Clement LAS (LAS Tubular | Clement Cycling, Cyclocross Tires, Adventure Tires, Mountain Bike Tires, Road Bike Tires, it is a file tread so very fast rolling but naturally with how remote of places you can end up on gravel grinders most people are not interested in testing their luck with tubulars so manufacturers are not making a lot of options.

If you are willing to look at clinchers, my personal favorites for gravel events are the Clement Xplor MSO in 40mm and the new Panaracer Comet in 38mm. The Clement feels slightly quicker but the Panaracer is not far off, wears extremely well and only costs $30 for the Kevlar bead.
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