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Tufo S3 Lite Tubular Tire

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Tufo S3 Lite Tubular Tire
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Tufo's best selling road racing tire. The narrow tire profile minimizes head on aerodynamic resistance. The high inflation pressure lowers the rolling resistance significantly. Black, yellow, red/yellow. Size 700x19 (195g), 700x21 (215g) or 650x21 (200g). 145-220 psi.

Tire Type: Tubular 

Max Pressure: 220 psi

Applications: Road Racing 

Made in: Czech Republic 

Black Tread/Black Sidewall 700x19

Weight: 215 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 19-622 

Black Tread/White Sidewall 700x19

Weight: 215 grams

Red Tread/Black Sidewall 700x19

Weight: 200 grams

Blue Tread/Blue Sidewall 700x19

Weight: 215 grams

Black Tread/Black Sidewall 700x21

Weight: 215 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 21-622 

Yellow Tread/Black Sidewall 700x21

Weight: 215 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 21-622 

Red Tread/Yellow Sidewall 700x21

Weight: 215 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 21-622 

Red Tread/White Sidewall 700x21

Weight: 215 grams

Orange Tread/Orange Sidewall 700x21

Weight: 215 grams

Black Tread/Black Sidewall 650x21

Weight: 200 grams

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 21-571 

Red Tread/Black Sidewall 700x21

Weight: 200 grams

Yellow Tread/Yellow Sidewall 650x21

Weight: 200 grams

Blue Tread/Black Sidewall 700x21

Weight: 200 grams

Grey Tread/Black Sidewall 700x21

Weight: 200 grams

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Reviewed 9/26/2013
by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
Minneapolis, MN
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
great all-purpose tire for the track

I am a big fan of Tufo tubular tires, riding them on the track and for cyclocross. They are well-built, and in the case of the S3 Lite they are lightweight. Never had any trouble with these tires, unlike some other traditional tubular tire brands who have trouble with their skinwall casings.

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Reviewed 10/26/2012
by Anonymous
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Washington State
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Don't hesitate! Buy these tires!

A great tire that takes rides as smooth as those twice its cost. Bought 650c for my wife's bike and she can't believe how responsive they feel. A great tire and a great value.

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Reviewed 9/18/2012
by Anonymous
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White Rock BC
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1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Priced Right

Have installed on my Reynolds, were easy to stretch and glue, smooth ride

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Reviewed 8/20/2012
by Jeff S.
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Milford, OH
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10 of 11 customers found this review helpful.
These Tires are Great

I have the 21mm Tufo S3s mounted on Easton EC90 SLX wheels. These are a great combination for climbing, even for an old guy like me. If you match these tires with a low weight wheel set you will LOVE what you have. My combination are mounted on a Look 585 wDura Ace 7950 Compact and 1128 rear cassette. The full bike weight is just over 13.5 lbs. I run the Tufo's at 175 and they ride better than the 21mm Zipp Clinchers on Zipp 404s I have on my other Look 585 running at 130. The only compromise you make with these low weight tires is wear life. I got 1,500 miles out of my first set and have already installed another set. The extreme performance is worth a few less miles of wear!!!!!!!!!!

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Reviewed 8/16/2012
by A2 Jim
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Ann Arbor, MI
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Fast, light, and tough

I run these as my race tires on my tri bike. I have have never flatted, and they will hold air for a month or more. They are very light too.

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Reviewed 7/26/2012
by Chitriman
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Chicago, IL
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Great racing tire!

Great racing tire. Really stable with a low rolling resistance. Although I replace them every so often, I have yet to puncture.

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Reviewed 7/17/2012
by Anonymous
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mill valley, ca
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
The best tubular tire I've used in 25 years, long lasting, long rolling, road savvy, dependent.

All around road use on all three bikes I own with very few punctures and a lot of miles in the saddle. No problems at all. What a pleasure return for the money.

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Reviewed 4/13/2012
by justjones555
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bay st. louis, ms.
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
great road feel, fast rolling, hope they last

easy to install with TUFO tape.

i ride with 160 air and find it comfortable for my training rides.

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Reviewed 4/13/2012
by IronmanNOCAL
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Livermore, CA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
650cc R hard to come by.

I use tufo tires for every ironman race. And, I am never on the side of the road fix them. Invest wisely.

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Reviewed 4/13/2012
by Beetle
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santa cruz
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
good race tire

This is a fast race tire that is not bad on the budget. It seems to last pretty long for a high performance tire.

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Reviewed 1/30/2012
by squeeks
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N.H.
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9 of 9 customers found this review helpful.
Nothing better

I've been using Tufo tubulars for over 10 years now, I tried the rest, i.e Vittoria, Hutchinson, Giro etc. and Tufo is far and away the best tire in my opinion. It has the best resistance to flats and combined with low weight and good price, they can't be beat. I usually get around 3000 miles out of a rear and around 5000 miles out of a front before the tread is worn through unless I hit something really nasty and flat out and if the hole is small enough, I use the tufo sealant to get some extra miles out of the tire before it becomes land fill material. I live in southern N.H. and ride year round so I am up against some pretty nasty stuff between the potholes, sand and salt and other debris on the road they do an amazing job for me. I will use nothing but Tufo on my 3 bikes.

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Reviewed 1/23/2012
by Anonymous
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NJ and FL
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
I was very pleased with my buying experience.

These are my favorite tires. Please keep it a secret!!

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Reviewed 7/28/2011
by Blacksport
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Ft Lauderdale FL
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7 of 8 customers found this review helpful.
A great street tubular

I've been running S3's for 2 years now, I've had maybe 4 flats and didn't even know about any of them until later when I saw the sealant on the tread or the pressure was low. (I run the red ones now - easier to see the sealant) Tufo knows what they're doing, their sealant works and the mounting tape is simply fantastic. For such a light tubular, the S3 is amazingly tough, the last two I've changed were worn out, the red was completely gone off the tread. The combination of very light weight, high pressure, and a very narrow portion of the tread touching the road, make these blazing fast, plus the security of a glued-on tire, excellent puncture resistance, and Tufo's superb sealant. And even if you do get a bad cut that won't seal, you can actually ride these totaly flat without damaging your carbon rims.

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Reviewed 12/7/2010
by Anonymous
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Phoenix - AZ
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15 of 17 customers found this review helpful.
First race tire and great ride

I'm not a racer but bought a pair (215 gm 21mm) anyway out of curiosity. I've been riding on Tufo S33 Specials. I had to use the S3 Lite on the rear wheel because I lost my front S33 to sidewall puncture. Currently I have an S3 Lite on the back (Tufo Extreme tape) and S33 Special on the front - probably not an ideal setup. I rode my first 10 miles expecting it to flat the first 100 yards because S3 Lite looks so thin and light compared to S33 Specials but so far no problems. Comparatively this tire feels much smoother and easier to accelerate. I really enjoyed the ride. Tufo knows what they're doing. The installation was a snap. For tire dismount, heat gun at low setting makes removal procedure easy.

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Reviewed 7/8/2010
by Anonymous
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MI
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25 of 25 customers found this review helpful.
My top choice race tire.

Great race tire. Good road adhesion. I have these tires on two of my carbon race wheelsets. I have had a few flats from cuts but most can be repaired w a few drops of the extreme sealant. I wouldnt train on them because I ride 10,000 plus miles a year. If you want a great training tire try the TUFO C s33 special same ride quality but more durable and greater mileage.

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Reviewed 6/24/2010
by Issac
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San Jose
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10 of 26 customers found this review helpful.
garden hose

They are pretty light, very tough, take high pressure, and ride like crp. Its a training tire really, but you would do better on a Rally with larger air volume if thats the goal. The Tufo road tires should Not be ridden on the track due to the well known fact that they are very slippery. its bombproof and user friendly, but why not ride clinchers for training? I like Tufos lower cost and even consistency, but now prices are climbing way up and there is really no reason to ride them anymore.

for the old timers...think Barum.

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Reviewed 6/3/2009
by drPhilGandini
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Albuquerque, NM
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74 of 78 customers found this review helpful.
Great all-round tubular

I guess if you are riding tubulars you are only after performance, and by that measure this is not the best tubular. But, if you're like me and you ride a 12lb bike every time you go out, whether it's to the shop or for a training ride, then you are riding tubulars and you want a tire that will deal with road hazards as well as give a satisfying ride. This is it. It's light, well made and rides well. It does have short comings and is not responsive in the way that full-on racing tubs are, but it's good enough to go down mountains at over 50mph without worry. Filled with a little latex sealant it survives anything but a slice or wide cut. No worries with goat heads, the bane of cyclists in the southwest.

I've been riding this model for 4 years now and have stuck with it.

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