Re: [CR] Are tubulars obsolete on off-topic race bikes?


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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2010 16:29:28 -0400
From: Baird Webel <bjwebel@gmail.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR] Are tubulars obsolete on off-topic race bikes?


Current pros, and many amateurs, still largely use tubulars to race on due to the advent of carbon as a rim material. Carbon tubular rims are a lot lighter than clincher carbon rims, in the realm of a pound for the Zipp wheels for example.

If not for the advent of carbon rims, I think that tubulars probably would have died out for most racing usages by now, which would probably have meant much less choice in nice sewup tires for those of us who glue them to old aluminum rims. Kind of ironic, I suppose.

Baird