Tufo Special Giro Twix Tires - Tubular

5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

The best model of this line. The crown of the tread is separated by a groove from the tread shoulder. The groove expels water from the tire track and together with the tire tread compound ensures excellent grip on wet pavement. Wide tire tread extended over the side wall and double tread compound composition contribute to the highest puncture resistance. All these qualities combined with low tire weight predetermine this model for the most demanding road and stage races. Density of treads underneath the tread - 305 TPI.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by crempel a Triathlete from Albuquerque NM USA

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2002

Strengths:    Puncture resistance. Ride quality. Inflation pressure. No need to carry flat repair tools and extra tubes.

Weaknesses:    A little bit of a nervous feeling going on a long ride with no "spares" of any kind, just a tube of goo.

Bottom Line:   
So far so good. NM is the goathead thorn capital of the universe, but these so far have been impervious to them. I was getting a flat about once every 50 miles with regular clincher tires(many brands) but in 200 miles with these, zero!!! I have not installed the sealant so that I can tell when I get my first flat. The sealant weighs about 20 grams, so that seems acceptable. The ride is very good. I've been running about 160 psi. They are a little tricky to put on at first, but not too bad. I have not noticed extra road noise unlike some other reviewers.

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Price Paid:    $59.00

Purchased At:   bicycletires.com

Similar Products Used:   no similar priducts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brent a Road Racer from Garland, Texas, USA

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2001

Strengths:    This is a review of the 700C tubular clincher. These tires are tubular tires that mount on a clincher rim. They have a rubber bead strip attached that will grip the clincher rim. Super durable, 3000 miles and no punctures and only 1 flat from a very sharp rock cutting through the upper sidewall (had to trash the tire, but no tire could have survived). You can expect 2-2.5k miles for the rear. No tools required for install/removal. No spare tube required, bring a small bottle of Tufo sealant (liquid latex rubber, installed through the removable presta valve using a small plastic tool, get from dealer) to seal a puncture, if you ever get one. I've picked out small thorns and pieces of metal from the tread that did not even penetrate the tread far enough to puncture. These tires are durable. Now the tread, 21mm aero, it grips like mad, and is smooth for the lowest rolling resistance. The ride feels extra smooth do to the tubular type tires, I run at 140 PSI and they feel about the same vibration absorbing as 120 PSI on a regular tire. The tread feels very thick compared to other tires, and even runs up most of the sidewall. There is about 1/4" of sidewall next to the rim that is not covered with tread, and that is where the sharp rock (mentioned above) took one out. Did I mention that these tires are durable?

Weaknesses:    Can be hard to put on (no tools required) until you get the hang of it. If you don't like the colors of red/yellow or blue/yellow then look at the Tufo Special Jet. Somewhat expensive, but remember no tubes or tools required. It can be scary riding without a spare until you learn to trust these tires. Also, a cut larger than 1/8" will not be repairable and will require a new tire. Slightly heavier (315g) than regular tubed tires (equal to tire+tube+rim strip).

Bottom Line:   
These tires rule, I love these tires, except maybe the color schemes, but I am more interested in performance than looks.

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Price Paid:    $57.00

Purchased At:   www.worldclasscycles.com

Similar Products Used:   There are no similar products to the Tufo tubular clinchers.

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Tuscany, Velomax Orion Comp rims, Dura-Ace

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