Hi, just getting in to cyclo cross and was wondering about the next step in terms of tyres. I am a bigger rider and was lucky enough to pick up a set of tub deep rim Mavic CPX30 which I have put on some Tufo Prestige 32mm tyres. I have a set of clincher Open Pro type wheels as spares.
Now I have grasped the advantage of tubular wheels very quickly in the few crosses I have done. So, the question is if I was to get another set of tubs what additional tyre choice would be useful?
I make the following observations, the crosses here in the SE don't seem to become real mud-fests and I assume on fast running courses you can just pump up a fast-running clincher to high pressures and run them on my clincher rims leaving my Tufo tubs as spares. I am also assuming that the Tufo tubs I have are reasonable mid-mud, all-rounder type of tyre. If I was to get another tub wheel what tyre should I go for?
Hi John, The Tufo Prestige 32 is a very good tub but it is not a great "all rounder" certainly one to be used for dry conditions and with the right pressure will provide enought grip in wet (not thick mud), once you hit muddy conditions on that you will really begin to struggle for traction and grip in the corners.
Tufo have standard tread patterns on their top of the range and entry level tubs. So, if you had another pair of tubular wheels I would personally sugest the Cubus as this would then cover you. This is the entry level mud tub from tufo and is around £35 per tub. (not the flexus cubus, this is the top of the range version and is about £65 per tub, its easy to tell the difference, the Cubus is an all Black tub) It has a great tread profile for muddy races and is really strong and very easy to fit and line up. This is just my opinion but it is the best mud tub tread pattern I have used and at around £70 for the pair is a pretty good choice for your bank account too ;-)
Sounds fairly good, the Prestige's will do for fast courses too though, they have quite a fine tread pattern so there is probably no need to use the clinchers for dry and fast courses too, stick to the prestiges. (These were superb tubs for the ice and snow by the way so you are covered there too) You could run the clinchers with some intermediate or mud tyres and use them as spares, but dont pump your tyres/tubs up hard for bumpy courses, will make the ride very uncomfortable.
Not sure what everyone else's opinions are on pressure for bumpy courses? I tend to run my tubs a little lower on bumpy courses.