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Pro Carbon 50 Wheels

They have finally arrived at the incredible price of just £399 a pair! These are fast wheels, and will move out of our warehouse fast too so be quick to be quick! To keep you firmly stuck to the road we also have some fine Vittoria handmade tubs too, with up to 50% off the RRP!

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Why tubulars?

Although clincher wheels and tyres have improved massively in the last few years, tubulars are still the choice of serious racers. Why has attaching tyres with glue persisted when it's not exactly convenient?

Tubular tyres comprise a tyre and tube in one unit. The tyre casing is sewn together at the factory, with the tube inside, and you fit the tyre by literally gluing it to the rim. Tubular rims have a concave surface for the tyre and glue, without the raised hook-shaped sidewalls of a clincher rim. But there are five good reasons to use tubulars.

The weight is under. Gravity is your enemy. Every gram you have to lug up hill slows you down. Without a tyre bead and a seat on the rim for it, a tubular tyre and rim combination will always be lighter than a similar clincher.

It's all about the ride. Because a tubular's not constrained by a hard rim sidewall, it can deform more easily around bumps and lumps in the road. This gives a slightly softer, floatier ride for any given tyre size and pressure. Doesn't sound like much, till you're riding 100+ miles per day for three weeks!

How low can you go? Tubulars still completely rule the world of cyclo-cross because they can be run at very low pressures with far less risk of a pinch flat than a clincher – as low as 20psi for fat tyres in wet conditions. This is also an advantage on the road, which is why, for example, every team in the famous Paris-Roubaix race uses tubulars to alleviate the pounding riders suffer on the notorious cobbled sections.

Go flat-out. When you get a puncture with a clincher, the tyre flops around like a drunk on bad sedatives. In extreme cases, clincher tyres can even fall off the rim. A front wheel puncture is uncontrollable. You're going nowhere till you fix it. Tubulars, on the other hand, can be ridden flat so you can stay with the race while a support vehicle gets to you.

Quick change artist. Replacing a tubular on the road is simply a matter of pulling off the punctured tyre and putting on your spare. This is quicker and easier than faffing about with tyre levers, especially compared to tight-fitting lightweight Kevlar-bead clinchers.


31 October 2011


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