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    Default Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    I'm getting back into riding for pleasure after just commuting the last couple of years, and I'm dumb enough to think carbon tubulars would be fun on my fast bike. I remember the days of VS when there would be multiple pages on a "how to fold a tubular" thread.

    Anyone still use tubulars?

    I know that 25c is basically the minimum and that tubeless is a thing for some reason. Are new carbon clinchers and tires so good now that tubulars are finally obsolete?

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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    Only tubulars on all my bikes-for 45 years/23/25 mm tires and I love deep section carbon tubulars-it’s a great time to be into that combo because everybody wants to dump theirs-some great deals to be had.

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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    They are still great, nothing has changed.

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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    I hope so, because I have three remaining wheelsets to sell

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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    Way less than I used to. Wide clincher rims and the lower pressure with this combo was eye opening to me.

    The combination of a 20mm internal rim with a 23 or max 25mm tire at 80 or 70 PSI respectively is as close to a good tubular as I need to be.

    I’m still on one set but 95%+ of my riding today is on clinchers. A decade ago that would have been 5%.

    For decent surfaces a 23mm Vittoria on a wide rim at 80psi is as close to a Veloflex tubular as I’ve experienced and the difference is nearly imperceptible to me.
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    I love deep section carbon tubulars-it’s a great time to be into that combo because everybody wants to dump theirs-some great deals to be had
    That's what I mean! I thought I was missing something. I know, I know disc brakes...no thanks for fast road rides.

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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    Tubulars on everything except the commuter - usually have a foam party once a year, but that's part of the fun!

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    Tubular wheels are worthless - especially rim-brake, Campy FHB versions.

    If anyone is holding some lightly-used Bora Ultras with AC3 tracks or Lightweight Meilenstein 24s, I'm happy to help you get free of them...
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    That's all that I ride with a clincher set of wheels in reserve, gathering dust. 27mm Vittoria Pave on one set and 27mm Velofex Vlaandernen on another. The Pave are discontinued and replaced by the Cora G Control and the Vlaanderen have been upsized to 28mm, but I have a few of each in my Belgian cheese cellar. There are some deals on tubular wheelsets so it's not an expensive experiment. I'm primarily riding on suburban/rural roads and if I did more city riding, I'm not too sure that I'd have tubulars as my primary tires...ymmv of course. I'm also too slow to rationalize owning carbon rims and it rains too much around here to take a chance on the braking. Now if a used set of Hyperon tubulars showed up in the classifieds, looking for a new home...
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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    I'm also all tubular, but for a lightly used commuter with Compass 32s and a Brompton with Schwalbe Kojaks. In current rotation are Bora 35s with 27mm Veloflex Vlaandaren and Neutrons with Veloflex Roubaix. As fast and light as the Boras are, the Neutrons still feel great. I have a pile of handbuilts: Nemesis, Record Pavés (yes), Victories, that have worn FMBs, Vittoria Pavés and Corsa Gs. The Campagnolo system wheels with Veloflex have been the least drama, best braking wheels I own. I've yet to put a drop of sealant in the Veloflex and I ride in Philly, basically East->West through the entire city to get out to suburban roads and have no problems.

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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    Tubular all the way on my road bike.
    Loving the Conti Competition 25s.
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    I’m not on tubulars at all after riding them exclusively for year. That said, I have found myself eyeing some of the disk brake tubular deals that can be had but not sure if my current riding which consist of plenty of county roads and gravel suits them anymore.
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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    They are still great, nothing has changed.
    Much has changed, they’re still great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clean39T View Post
    Tubular wheels are worthless - especially rim-brake, Campy FHB versions.

    If anyone is holding some lightly-used Bora Ultras with AC3 tracks or Lightweight Meilenstein 24s, I'm happy to help you get free of them...
    And the now worthless rim braked bikes that go with them.
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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    Much has changed, they’re still great!
    HA! So true.

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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    Tubs = Still the best, IMHO, ATMO, DUMBO, UFO.

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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    Still rocking a set of tubulars here. All I rode last week.
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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    Half and half. One lugged steel road bike has tubular wheels, but most of the fleet is clinchers. Like @Saab, a really nice clincher, on a wide rim, at lower pressures is pretty darn close feel to a tubular.

    I bought a 29'er hardtail MTB last year that came with tubeless and might convert the gravel bike from clinchers to tubeless.

    The cross bike trains on clinchers but races on tubulars.
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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    I was totally tubular for the last seven years and still ride them about 1/3 of the time on the road even though my road racing days are over. Bora One 50's with 23 mm Vittoria (first CX now Graphenes). I remain very happy with them, especially since the frame (carbon) I use them with only accommodates 23s. I ride the Vittoria Graphene 25 clinchers (2/3 orf my road miles) on the newer, wider Shamals on a lugged steel ride. They look and ride more like 28s. Very cush, even with butyl tubes. As much as I'm a traditionalist, I see little role for road tubulars these days if you're buying new. For cross, tubulars only. Clinchers or tubeless are prone to pinch flats at race appropriate pressures. I do use clinchers for JRA/gravel B wheels on my Cx bike. I would be tubeless curious for a disc gravel bike if I ever pursue such a thing. In short, agree 100% with Wisco above who was posting simultaneously.
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    Default Re: Anyone ride tubulars anymore?

    Anyone still use tubulars?

    Dear Matt,

    Yes.

    My (currently idle) commuter, my "road" bike, and my (currently idle) randonneur all float on tubulars. 27/28mm Vlaanderens for the most part (still working through the huge pile of CG 27's I got when they got blown out). Basically, if it is a road bike, it has tubs on it. Wider than 38, and I put up with the mess and hassle of tubeless/sealant.

    Sealant as a flat management strategy
    (not prophylactic treatment!) makes tubs a viable and lower maintenance choice for me.

    Best Regards,

    Will
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