old thread, but MTB tubulars really
intrigue me. i've gotten a taste for artisanal tubulars and after racing a little cross i have no doubt that tubulars would have some amazing qualities particularly for off-camber stuff.
with another year gone by, what's the consensus on MTB tubulars? i like to run 2.25 racing ralphs, tubeless. i'm most interested in the dugast fast birds as they're available in 52.
I had FMB make me a pair of 29er tubs using Furious Fred treads. I don't remember the exact weight, but they were close to 600g each, in a 50mm width. I was unlucky- one punctured on my first ride. Not light, not puncture resistant, no grip, expensive, and no discernable improvement in ride quality over a tubeless set-up.
Don't get me wrong on FMB- their road and 'cross tubs are brilliant. The MTB ones just didn't work out for me. My very poor choice of tread didn't help.
man, i took one look at a set of furious freds and realized that tread would never stand up to any riding where i live (western US, rocky mountains), so i didn't even bother to try them. are the fast birds similar? i haven't seen them in person.