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Whats the difference between Tubeless, Clincher, and Tubular Tyres.

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Tubular or sew ups are held on to the rim with glue. They give a better ride for racing however if glued wrong, they will slide off the rim causing rider to fall. The oldest style of modern racing tires.

Clinchers - developed in the 1980's as an easier method of attaching a tire to the rim without glue by using a kevlar bead embedded just inside of the sidewall.

Tubeless - A newer form of tire that does not use an inner tube and must be used in conjunction with air tight rims.
 

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PensFan_87 said:
Most bikes such as Trek, Fuji, Cannondale use clinchers correct??
yes, pretty much any bike will come stock with clinchers. If buying a used race bike it might be worth double checking but if you're bike shopping for bikes as they roll out of the factory you can be 99.9% (probably 100) sure it'll come with clinchers.
 

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PensFan_87 said:
Whats the difference between Tubeless, Clincher, and Tubular Tyres.

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For a beginner, you can be almost certain you're going to be getting clinchers, and clinchers are the right kind of tire for you. Tubulars only tend to come on racing wheels, costing >$1000 per wheelset. Tubeless is a new thing, just came out, it's designed to work with only a few different rims. Again, for a beginner, you can be almost certain you're not getting tubeless.
 

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Hooben said:
Clinchers - developed in the 1980's as an easier method of attaching a tire to the rim without glue by using a kevlar bead embedded just inside of the sidewall.
I believe only folding clincher tires have a kevlar bead. The non-folding variety have a steel bead.
 

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Hooben said:
Clinchers - developed in the 1980's as an easier method of attaching a tire to the rim without glue by using a kevlar bead embedded just inside of the sidewall.
Not that it matters much to the OP, but clinchers actually date back to the early 70's, as a buddies 1974 Fuji S10S was equipped with 27" versions.

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