Difference Between Clincher and Tubular Wheels
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When it comes to picking a new wheelset, one must consider whether to buy clincher wheels or tubular wheels. Here, at Off the Front Racing Systems, we sell both types and this blog will explain the benefits of each, as well as the reasons for buying each.
Clincher wheels are more common and are great for the average rider. Unlike tubular wheels, popping a tire while riding a clincher wheelset will not be as detrimental, because the change is much quicker. Clincher wheels are usually a little heavier, because they can handle more types of terrain. Unless you are an expert racer, the clincher wheel is your best bet. Check out our 700c Ultralight 50mm Deep 25 Wide Clincher Wheelset.
Tubular wheels are more specialized for racing. Since they are more rounded, tubular wheels are less likely pinch and pop the tires. The only real disadvantage to tubular wheels is, because you glue the tire, a popped tire during a race can take longer, and be more difficult, to replace. Check out our UltraLight U Aero Section 50mm Carbon Tubular Wheel Set.
Whether you are a regular rider or a professional racer, hopefully you learned a little bit about which wheel type is best for you to help increase the fun of your rides.