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Clincher, tubeless or tubular?
The evolution of the world of bicycle tyres never ends.Technological advances are becoming more and more evident and the differences between the different types of tyres for our bikes are becoming more and more limited, although they still exist.
Improving cycling sensations and facilitating mechanical issues are the obsessions of manufacturers who bring to the market a range of products adapted to each type of cyclist. Are you a racing cyclistist or an endurance cyclist? Do you like to push yourself on your rides or do you prefer the wear and tear of longer rides?
Whatever type of cyclist you are, we at 365Rider we have your ideal wheel and we are going to explain the differences between the three types of tyres that exist and the models that are best suited to each cyclist.
First of all, it must be clear that each tyre needs its specific rim and in this sense the clincher tyre is the most common. Valid for carbon and aluminium rims, clincher tyres need a rim that can accommodate an inner tube.
The concept is well known: an air chamber is placed between the rim and the tyre to support the pressure.
- Easy to fit and easy to fix punctures.
- The price is more affordable.
- Absorbs vibrations better.
- Increased frictional resistance.
- Easier to puncture due to pinching of the inner tube.
- Loss of pressure which can be complete in the event of a burst.
Top cover models
Continental Ultra Sport III. This is an example for those who are new to cycling and want to enjoy good safety and rolling sensations at a reasonable price.
Continental GP 5000. The heir to the GP4000 is also a bestseller. The tyre uses Continental's revolutionary and safe BlackChili compound, which provides undeniable rolling and grip. With them we are assured of a perfect heel strike, good durability and a low puncture rate.
Vittoria Corsa Graphene. The pro's choice for many grand tours. The inclusion of Graphene 2.0 in its manufacture, which promises more resistant, lighter, faster and grippier tyres.
Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport. The rolling quality, cornering grip and longevity of the Eagle F1 SuperSport make it a top model. Its low weight (197 gr.) gives the driving sensations of the best racing tyre. The scuff protection layer provides maximum safety against punctures.
Historically, this is the competition tyre, but this has changed over the years and with technological evolution. We are talking about a tyre that is directly glued to the rim which, with few exceptions, must be made of carbon. The base is usually made of latex or a sturdy material that is glued or double-sided taped to the rim.
- Lightweight and less frictional resistance due to higher pressure bearing.
- Maintains better grip
- They puncture much less and lose little pressure.
- More difficult to repair and assemble.
- Somewhat more wear than the cover.
- Prices are higher than those of the clinchers.
Top tubular models
Tufo S33. The preferred choice for many who want to enter the world of tubulars. The Tufo S33 Pro is an affordable general purpose training tubular with a high inflation pressure of up to 12 bar. It has optimal strength and grip for the price.
Continental Sprinter. A bestseller for obvious reasons: BlackChili compound , SafetySystem Breaker technology is made of a high-strength nylon material reinforced with Kevlar, puncture resistance, excellent durability and good durability. It has it all.
Continental Competition. Another World Tour classic. It is a step up from the sprinter. They have all their technology, but are lighter and their diamond tread provides better traction and adapts optimally to possible irregularities in the road.
This is a legacy of mountain biking that is becoming more and more accepted and established after the arrival of disc brakes on the road. They are tyres that are mounted without inner tubes in a system that is similar to that of car tyres. Tubeless rims have a bead that hooks the tube and generates a watertight compartment in which the sealing liquidis housed.
- Significant reduction of the risk of punctures due to robustness and anti-puncture fluid.
- Superior tyre grip.
- Improves safety and performance in technical terrain.
- Increased traction due to the use of lower pressures.
- Allows the use of wider tyres.
- They are generally heavier tyres.
- More complex assembly
- Tyre offers less scope than clinchers or tubulars
Top tubeless models
Goodyear Eagle Tubeless Ready tyre. Maximum technology to ride with all the guarantees. It shares all the blessings of its clincher sister, but in addition it adds to the tyre casing the Tubeless Complete layer formed by a compound that helps prevent pressure loss and sealant evaporation, which in turn protects from cuts and punctures without weighing down the overall weight of the tyre.
Continental Grand Prix 5000 Tubeless. The complete package: Black Chili compound , Lazergrip on the sidewalls for better rolling and Vectran Breaker to prevent punctures. All this in a 300g tyre with excellent durability.