Wheels; clincher or tubs?

auldnick Posts: 10
edited October 2010 in Road buying advice
looking to up-grade wheels for potential race and endurance cycling. What are the relative pros and cons for these wheel types?


  • mrushton
    mrushton Posts: 5,182
    various threads on this subject on this site. Just have a look thro' It's up there with which groupset?
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    I think the general concencuss is that if you need to ask, then clinchers 8)
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    edited October 2010
    If you're comfortable carrying a spare tyre and changing a tub at the side of the road (for your endurance cycling), then tubs are the way to go for lighter and faster wheels (generally). Or if you're just going to use the wheels for races.

    Otherwise, stick with clinchers for ease of use.
  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    danowat wrote:
    I think the general concencuss is that if you need to ask, then clinchers 8)

  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Clinchers unless you're minted.
  • markos1963
    markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    cougie wrote:
    Clinchers unless you're minted.

    I agree with the others that if you are unsure then clinchers.
    But I would say this response is a bit alarmist to say the least.

    I have had a whole season of crits and TT's on my tubs with no sign of them wearing out and only one puncture. This was easily and cheaply fixed by myself for just the price of some new tub tape and some dentalfloss(to resow it back up) so roughly the same as a new quality tube.

    The tubs worked out at £45 for 3 new Conti Giros so don't rule out tubs on the grounds of cost
  • nicensleazy
    nicensleazy Posts: 2,310
    Not this old chestnut! :roll: :roll:
  • gmb
    gmb Posts: 456
    I use tubs as my everyday choice. I don't race. I'm not in a club. Since switching over I haven't paid any more than I would budget per year for clinchers. They feel better and are really easy to put on. Try them, you may never go back.
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