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The only contact point you have between the ground and your bike is the bike's tires. Want to achieve less rolling resistance and increased speed? Want to get to point Z without feeling like you just rolled over the entire alphabet?
Meet tubular tires. The tire trusted by professional cyclists. Here at CYKOM, you can shop for top brands like Continental, Schwalbe, and Wolfpack.
What are tubular tires (sew-up tires)?
A sew-up tire is a bike tire in which the inner tube is sewn inside the tire. This means that tubular tires can be pumped up to a higher pressure and achieve more bars than a regular tire. That's what gives you less rolling resistance and increased speed on your bike.
The difference between open and sew-up tires
When choosing between a pair of open or sew-up bike tires, it's important to know the difference and how each will impact your ride.
Open tires (also known as open tubular, clinchers or tubeless tires) are the most common type of tire. Open tires have a separate inner tube placed inside the tire and hold the tire in place.
Open tires have low weight and high flexibility with a high TPI value (threads per inch).
In sew-up tires, the tire wraps around the inner tube. The tire is sewn into the tire or taped. Sew-up tires can only be used on wheels and rims that are specifically made for sew-up tires.
A sew-up tire is glued onto the rim with a special "rim glue" in two steps. First, a layer of glue is applied to the rim and left to dry for a day. In the second step, the rim gets another layer of glue and the sew-up tire is placed on top and left to dry for another day.
When you've applied these two layers of glue, you can change the tire after a puncture or other needs without glueing again. You do this by pouring acetone or cleaning gasoline under the tire, which dissolves the rim glue and gets it to stick again. You can also tape the tire instead of glueing it. Just be sure to use high-quality tape.
Advantages of sew-up tires (tubular tires)
- Sew-up tires weigh less than regular clincher tires and tubes
- Greater elasticity contributes to increased comfort and shock absorption
- Less rolling resistance
- If a puncture occurs, you can continue driving without damaging the tubular rim
- Sew-up tires can withstand much higher tire pressure
- It's a high-performing tire with high-comfort ride quality to match
The only disadvantage comes when you have to change a tubular bike tire and repair a puncture. If you're not trained for it, it's pretty difficult and you'll need a professional to handle it. Although sew-up tires are often called puncture-free tires (or they promise puncture resistance), they can be damaged and need to be changed.
Before you buy, ask our bike tire experts for help and guidance.
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