While you are at it, can you let me know whether SRAM, Shimano or Campagnolo are better?
Oh, and steel, titanium, aluminium and carbon as a frame material too?
buzz wrote:great reply NOT!!!!!!! guess u havent got a clue then
Quite the contrary.
There's just no point in relentlessly re-litigating the same old topic that ends up in an incomprehensible pissing match.
Maybe others will disagree, and be drawn into yet another debate on tubulars vs. clinchers even though there's already an uncountable number of posts on that very topic.
But clinchers are much more convenient in many ways, and close enough in performance that I always ride them. I still have a very nice set of tubulars that I used to use only for important races, but I jest never even pull them out any more.
There is no "better". It is a series of trade-offs and compromises that only you can decide upon. If you have never ridden tubulars, you probably owe it to yourself to at least try them.
Clinchers is easier if you puncture but If you don't puncture your tires I really recommend tubulars. Greater feeling if you have something like FMB or other high end tire instead of hard clinchers. And you get lighter rims.
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That said, why not just get some? folk were riding on them for yrs without any probs.
A set of Ambrosio rims and hubs will cost you less than £400, stick some Vittoria cx s on and you can post back and tell us what you think. . or schwalbe milanos if you want a cheaper training tub.
Again loads of youtube vids of Conti and vittoria gluing methods.
In my opinion, the PROPER tire/tube combination can be very close to a tubular... (be prepared to pay almost the same for the quality clincher with a latex tube for the same quality tubular) I run Veloflex Corsas with a Latex tube on my Mavic SLRs and asolutely love them... I also run Vittoria Corsa CX on my tubular TT wheels, and love em....
Things to consider (well things I consider)
a) The quality of the roads I ride on (broken glass, rocks, debris etc) Where I live road mntnce is non existant, so I opted for clinchers.. if I go train on the smooth 11km loop in the park, I'll pull out my good clinchers or tubular wheels...I don't know anyone where I am that can properly repair a tubular either, so once it was sliced, it was done.. unlike a clincher...
b) Are you willing to carry all the extra stuff needed for tubular flats (slime, an extra tire under your seat?) I personally am a minimalist when I go out.. I have 2 innertubes, 2 CO2s, a small handpump, a valve adapter if Im near a gas station to use the gas station air pump, tire irons, and a few allenkeys, and the all important charged cellphone...I always found when I started riding in the late 80s, tubulars were the "big thing" but I never felt the spare tire I just put on was "locked down to the rim" properly... its flat as a pancake where I am, the biggest downhill is the cloverleaf off the highway.. but I sure wouldn't feel comfortable coming down a mountain with an unsecure tire!!
Wheel wise, the choices between all the companies is out of control and you can get anything you can think of these days... They all have their pros, they all have their cons...
Like someone else said.. clincher train, tubular race is a safe bet...
Depends obviously on where you're riding ... if it's a local loop you know well and can manage the puncture risk then the case is all the stronger.
Stiff, Light, Aero - Pick Three!!
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