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    This announcement yesterday: Mitchelton-Scott announce deal with Pirelli ahead of Tour de France

    Somewhat predictable banter in the comments. I look forward to sifting through the noise. Eventually.
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    Swoon....

    Tubulars my lovely tubulars, you live another day.

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    Pirelli WAS involved in bike racing at the highest level and in a big way. In the 70's they had a few models of tubular tires and clinchers as well, but they were very basic, vulcanized models...and no clinchers were special in that time period. Their REAL involvement was through their ownership of Clement. Until the early 1980's Clement was the dominant manufacturer of tubular tires at the highest level. The number and variety of models was staggering. As an example of their dominance, the most French of all teams-Peugeot-went to great efforts to source their clothing, equipment, etc from French sources. They made two exceptions with their equipment-Cinelli bars/stems and Clement tubulars. The tubulars were purchased by the team and not supplied through sponsorship. unfortunately, under Pirelli's ownership quality began to lapse and the model range was sharply streamlined. Vittoria was making a great product then and filled the void to become the dominant supplier of quality tubulars in the 80's. After Clement shut down, the equipment was moved to Thailand and sold. Challenge still makes tires using the old Clement equipment and in some cases they use old Clement treadband molds...for Example, the Chrono SC model uses the Old Clement Strada 66 tread pattern...So, Pirelli was involved in a big way, but lost interest and moved on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chaba View Post
    Pirelli WAS involved in bike racing at the highest level and in a big way. In the 70's they had a few models of tubular tires and clinchers as well, but they were very basic, vulcanized models...and no clinchers were special in that time period. Their REAL involvement was through their ownership of Clement. Until the early 1980's Clement was the dominant manufacturer of tubular tires at the highest level. The number and variety of models was staggering. As an example of their dominance, the most French of all teams-Peugeot-went to great efforts to source their clothing, equipment, etc from French sources. They made two exceptions with their equipment-Cinelli bars/stems and Clement tubulars. The tubulars were purchased by the team and not supplied through sponsorship. unfortunately, under Pirelli's ownership quality began to lapse and the model range was sharply streamlined. Vittoria was making a great product then and filled the void to become the dominant supplier of quality tubulars in the 80's. After Clement shut down, the equipment was moved to Thailand and sold. Challenge still makes tires using the old Clement equipment and in some cases they use old Clement treadband molds...for Example, the Chrono SC model uses the Old Clement Strada 66 tread pattern...So, Pirelli was involved in a big way, but lost interest and moved on.
    My wheel builder, a former World Tour team mechanic, still talks about 22mm silk Clement tubs...

    Judging from a pair of Challenge Strade Bianche tubs I tried recently, I think the equipment is in need of replacement or there may not be anyone left at the company that knows how to use it.
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    Anyone building w/ those lightweight bicycle carbon rims?
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