Joeblack Posts: 829
edited September 2012 in Road general
Can someone explain the difference between clinchers and tubulars and the benefits of either?
One plays football, tennis or golf, one does not play at cycling


  • Sprool
    Sprool Posts: 1,022
    ^ Brilliant! :D

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    The tire that most of us are familiar with is the clincher tire. The clincher tire consists an inner tube and a tire. The tire has a “bead” on each outer edge of the tire. On most tires, the beads consist of hoops of steel wire. The beads are what hold the tire in place on the rim.

    The tubular , or sew up, tire is a one piece system where a tire is sewn together around the inner tube. Tubulars are used on special rims and are held to the rim by glue or two sided tape.
    Clincher Pros
    Easy to change when flatting
    Easy to repair tube when flatting
    Less expensive to replace than tubulars
    Easy to carry spare tube and tools for changing a flat

    Clincher Cons
    Heavier than tubulars
    Cannot inflate with as much tire pressure increasing roll resistance – some would debate if higher tire pressure makes a difference.
    Not as comfortable of a ride
    Pinch flat when putting a new tire and tube on wheel or pinch flat while riding
    Tubular Pros
    Better rolling resistance due to higher inflation limit
    Fewer flats because you don’t pinch flat
    Some say they are easy to change but that is the big debate
    More comfortable ride
    Can put a light weight silicon liquid in tire so if you do flat the silicon liquid seals the hole allowing you to ride on

    Tubular Cons
    More expensive than clinchers
    Hard to change while on the road
    Hard to repair if punctured. Most people throw them away
    Need to carry a complete spare tubular which adds weight and is bulky
    If you replace a tubular on the road, you need to be careful cornering until you are able to re-glue
    Improperly glued tubulars can roll off the rim causing a crash
  • maddog 2
    maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    and tubeless is like a clincher without the tube (think car tyres)
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  • maddog 2
    maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    and tires are american tyres :wink:
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