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Sea Otter Tech: Geax: Team Jamis raced tubular wheels with Edge rims and Chris King hubs. | Photo: Zack Vestal
Sea Otter Tech: Geax: The Saguaro is only available in 26 x 2.0, but it's more viable than custom Dugast tires. | Photo: Zack Vestal
Sea Otter Tech: Geax: The Saguaro MTB tubular is a fast all purpose tire. This one has 20 hours of ride time. | Photo: Zack Vestal
Sea Otter Tech: Edge. The tire bed has a groove for the tire seam. | Photo: Zack Vestal
As far as i can see this is an expensive step backwards.
I have rode tubs & clinchers on my road bike & couldn't notice any real difference. Is there much difference between a mtb tub & a good lightweight tyre running on the stans system?
I have run tubular MTB for 2 seasons and also appreciate the ride quality (similar to tubular vs clinchers on road). I don't know about the expense side yet, as I have not had a flat (I am kinda hoping that they will be like road tubulars, where I have had 4 flats in 20+ years, but I doubt it). I don't know what to say about not noticing the difference between clinchers and tubulars on the road.
Make no mistake, the use of tubulars for MTB is best for XC racing and not for recreational riding.
With a flatted tubular, you can roll it for some distance, with some control and without too much damage to the rim. Offcourse, on a rocky course, this will not work, but on grass sections it will.
With a Notubed tire, you would have to take the tire off to do this and that takes some time and it's kind of messy .
There is no real difference in rolling resistance, although anyone who has invested in a wheelset and Dugasts will tell you otherwise . In fact, the rolling resistance of the Dugast 'bring your own tire and we will build a tubular with it' is kind of poor. They cut out the tread section, but leave the casing intact, so you get twice the casing (cotton plus the original tire). There goes the whole suppleness idea and it adds a lot of weight... Their own tubular tread performs much better, because the glued on tread is a lot thinner.
A real benefit is the ability to ride with low pressure. You can do that too with Stan's, but you run a lot more risk to dent your rim. There is no (or very little) rim cavity on a tubular rim, so there is more distance between the rim and the tire tread.
Edit: Geoff beat me to it!
My experience is that the Dugast Rhino's are the best rolling tire and provides the best feel. The fastest (and lightest) by far is the Tufo XC2. We will see a bunch of new tubular's this year... I have been riding them for the better part of 2.5 years. Weight is good, but the way they ride is much better.
11' SuperX Single Speed - 13.0
12' SuperX Geared - 15.3
12' Scalpel Ultimate, Wireless SRM - 18.3
i have started riding tubs this year they are brilliant ,period.
so much better than i expected them to be i can get away riding the lightest treads on courses that you just shouldn't be able to ride them on.
I will be selling several pairs of custom tubs in next few days that haven't been used keep your eyes peeled or pm me for details.I have pictures
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