Tufo C Elite Road Tires - Tubular

Tufo C Elite Road Tires - Tubular 

DESCRIPTION

With increased puncture resistance, you can enjoy the feel of a tubular tire using your clincher wheels. With 440 tpi and a high percentage of activated silica, you'll experience minimum rolling resistance with great adhesion to the road. Tufo incorporates a beaded rubber band that "bites" the shoulder of the clincher rim.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 23, 2007]
Tamer
Road Racer

Strength:

high psi, low rolling resistance, no tools, easy to put on

Weakness:

none

I have put over 1000 miles on Tufo clinchers special S33 tires, 700x21 in size, I have been very satisfied with them. Low rolling resistance saves your legs. I run 170psi on these tires and they fly, I have descented at 55 miles an hour many many times with complete confidence on these tires, I highly recommend it

Similar Products Used:

Tufo C Elite Road 700x23

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 06, 2007]
Bob Nooney
Road Racer

Strength:

See Above

Weakness:

After time the selant used as a preventitive can gum ip the valve stem. easy to unscrew and clean with solvent.

I love these tires! I have two pro level bikes,one with ssc's and a variety of top clinchers, the other with neutrons and tufo's. I have gone over 3000 miles on the front and made it to 2200 then got a cut that made me put on a new tire. Used with the sealant ahead of time I just do not get flats! The other bike I dusted off and rode for an hour and flatted from a tiny peice of glass in a $70 open tubular. Just ordered more to refit that bike with. Great feel, you can ride them flat if you have to and easy to mount. try them!

Similar Products Used:

Nothing like them ( Yet)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 16, 2007]
Dr Pabst
Triathlete

Strength:

- Fas, fast fast!
- Easy installation (If you follow the directions exactly)
-Blowouts are slow: You probably won't wreck if you get one.
-The Tufo sealant will hold enough air to get you home (at least with a bigger puncture like mine).I imagine it will do a beter job on small leaks.

Weakness:

- If you get a big puncture like mine, you'll need a new tire.

I've put about 800 miles on these in the past six weeks or so. Installation is relatively quick (<5 Min.) once you get the hang of it. Just make sure you follow the directions!

These tires are markedly faster than the tubulars I was using previously. My current floor pump will only inflate up to about 150 PSI, much less than the tires maximum 220. However, even at 150 PSI these tires are FAST, and a great upgrade for a triathelete or roadie. At 150 PSI i have found that I am still able to corner confidently. I am eager to try them at higher pressures, though.

I did have my first blow out this week, which actually occured after a ride, as I was walking my bike up the driveway. The tire did seal, but the sealant will only hold up to about 80 PSI, which is enough to get home on, but a little 'soft' for regular riding. The puncture was big (glass?) and right on the 'contact patch.' I just replaced that tire, and am back on the road.

My hope is that a blowout like this, which neccessitated the purchase of another complete tire, was just bad luck and not a product defect. Due to the speed of these tires, I will comtinue to train and race on them. At this point, I'm not willing to give them up because of one blowout in 800 miles. I will update this review if I have any further blowout issues.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 21, 2006]
eigenvector9
Recreational Rider

Strength:

Better feel than any clinchers I've ever used. Higher psi creates a lower rolling resistance without sacrificing grip. Lively, responsive and a joy to ride.

Weakness:

None I've found so far.

I've only used these tires for approximately 200 miles but I'm so pleased with them, I thought I'd write a preliminary review. I'll update my post later when I have more experience using them.

These are far and away the best riding clincher tires I've ever used in my life. I ride them at about 145psi and they have a noticeably lower rolling resistance and a much more responsive/lively feel than any clinchers I've used. They grip the road with a very secure feel and instill a reassuring sense of confidence when bombing down a technical descent.

At $55 each, these tires aren't much more expensive than other high-end clinchers. At 315 grams, their weight is very competitive with other tires considering that no tubes or rim strips are needed.

So far, I'm overjoyed with my Tufo C Road Elites. I'm so pleased with them, I can't figure out why more companies haven't made similar tubular/clincher tires. PEZ cycling news turned me on to these tires and, I wish I had found them years ago.

Similar Products Used:

No one else makes a tire like these...right now, I can't figure out why.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 14, 2005]
twm6932
Triathlete

Strength:

Ease of mounting esp on OS rims - no tools, ride quality, can run flat, no rim tape needed

Weakness:

Flat protection, sealant effectiveness, need for valve extensions (requires tape and pliers), noise

I got about 50 miles out of my Tufo C Elite Road tubular clinchers before I flatted. They went down to ~60 psi before the sealant held, enough to rde home. Added more sealant (a pain with the valve extensions and tape you must use even with medium profile Campy Eurus rims I have). The tire seemed to hold 120 psi until about 5 miles into my next ride, at which point the puncture blew open again - spraying sealant all over my frame. After that more sealant wouldn't hold more than ~60 psi. I gave up getting a great tubular ride after that. Overall, the ride quality with the TC's was very good, but not noticeably better than Mich Pro Race. The tires are also very gummy and throw a lot of gravel onto the underside of the down tube which makes some noise. Maybe I had a freak puncture but I would rather install a new tube than deal with the messy sealant and valve extensions/tape.

Similar Products Used:

Mich Pro Race, Vittoria OC KS

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
[Aug 14, 2004]
oldjackbob
Recreational Rider

Strength:

Too many to list

Weakness:

None so far

As I've stated in other reviews, comfort is a major factor in my purchases of bike equipment. The roads around my neck of the woods are not very smooth, and I'm always looking for a comfortable solution in saddles, shorts, tires, etc. These tires did not disappoint me. These are very comfortable riding tires for a couple of reasons, I think. First, they are similar in construction to tubulars, which generally are more supple than clinchers. Second, they have no inner tubes which reduce the compliance of a tire's sidewalls. Those attributes are shared by all the tires in Tufo's clincher-tubular line, but I chose the C Road Elite model for a number of reasons - the thicker tread, the fact that the tread wraps far down around the sidewall (for protection against curb abrasion, etc.), the superhigh thread count, and the 700 x 23 size. Build quality of this tire is very impressive. Rolling resistance is satisfyingly low. Grip is astonishing, with a superb confidence-inspiring road feel. They are wearing like iron - mine already have several hundred miles on them, and show no discernible wear. They also appear to be very puncture resistant - I haven't flatted yet. I see that some users squirt Tufo's tire sealant into these tires as a preventive measure, but I don't think I'm ready just yet for the hassle of messing with that goop. I think that I'll carry a tube of sealant and a CO2 cartridge with me and just not worry about a flat until it happens. It concerned me a little bit that the recommended inflation pressures are so high - the minimum is 115 psi, higher than I haver ever run in any tire, and goes up to 220 psi! I emailed Tufo tech support asking if a lower pressure was okay, and received a prompt reply that lower pressure is fine, if that's what floats my boat. I have experimented and found that 120 psi is glass-smooth on most roads. One more thing - these tires sound a little noisy going down the road. Not that I mind (I've been driving a diesel pickup for years, so noise usually doesn't register with me any more), but don't expect to silently sneak up on anyone with these things. Overall, a tremendous value in a daily-ride tire that, incidentally, is intended for racing!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 08, 2004]
SaintLouisBiker
Recreational Rider

Strength:

Ride is great, no flats with sealant.

Weakness:

They may be more expensive to purchase, but they seem like they are going to last longer than other tires and no flats with sealant (Priceless!).

I have been riding for more than 40 years, at times hitting 300 miles/week. These are the best riding tires I have ever used. I had no problem mounting them. I flatted after about 300 miles, but sealant worked perfectly and has continued to work for another 1000 miles. I put the sealant in the other tire, and no flats at all. Very little wear on the tires after 1300 miles. I will be surprised if they don't make it to 3000.

Similar Products Used:

Piles of other types of tires

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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