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I rode tubulars for almost 30 yrs and enjoyed the upside..fast and smooth, but the downside of hard to mount and fragile. I purchased TUFOs 3yrs ago because the promise of a lighter system of tire ...single tire and tube weighed more than Tufo tire. And the cost was 25% less.
The tires are moderately difficult to put on the and have to be hand stretched over a period of time. It take persistence and a strong set of hands or at least an extra hand. Like a tubular you have to spend sometime making sure the bead is set and tire aligned.
These tires do not come alive till you start running them at 150-175 psi. Below 140 psi they feel like a clincher. Hit 160 psi and oh boy they take off. Silky and corner with security and speed. Old tubular roll off .....never a thought or problem. Punctures...I ride city, urban and country roads and run over glass and road debris all the time...never a problem..I have not used the TUFO sealant but probably should.
Minor issue... the inner stem on the valve stem will come unscrewed if you use a presta valve adapter as I do because I choose the reg stem length and my presta valve pump head tends to blow off at about 150 psi. I use the adapter so I can use the schrader valve head to pump to 170-180 psi. just be gentle when re-tighten the inner valve.
I let my riding partners use my old set of tires to try them out and all it takes is a quick 50 miles to convince them to buy.
If you are considering TUFOs because of weigh, then thats fine, but crank em to 160 psi and have a faster and tighter ride. Just because they are at 160 psi does not mean they are bone jarring. Think supple and smooth.
It's all in the wheels and frame...everything else is just gravy.
Lewis.....6'2 200 lbs..18-20 avg. from 62 yr old been riding since I was 5.
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