Anybody use/used them? Wondering if they would bring any benefit when used in crits.. If not, what is a decent road racing clincher that won't break the bank?
I'd rather ride on my rims than on those things. If there was a huge piece of shit award for cycling equipment, these things would win it easily.
I think they're awesome... on the trainer.
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get conti GP4000s or vittoria open paves.
While a nice pair of high TPI clincher tires (such as Veloflex Corsa) feel nice and supple to the touch, Tufo tires feel like stiff garden hose. So I can't imagine they would ride all that well.
But I do like me some Tufo tubular tape, that is good stuff in my experience.
I like to learn from my own experience so I tried them.
Sure you don't need any gluing and they work but do not offer any of the gain you would expect from tubulars like suppleness and/or comfort. They need to be inflated hard to be fast, feel like carboard when inflated "normaly", like a rock when highly inflated. They can't be repaired except with sealant. And sealant sucks : it doesn't repair every flat, is a mess if you flat a second time, make inflation difficult by clogging your valve.
On the plus side:
-they are lighter than a clincher + tube combo.
-they are quickly installed
Atmo they could be interesting if this system was suitable for CX tires with low pressure because most amateurs can't or don't want to keep and maintain 8 sets of wheels with different tires treads. On the road, I'd rather ride a nice clincher with latex tube than them.