Clinchers Vs Tubulars Vs Tubeless – Which Tyres Should You Choose For Your Road Bike & Why?

Clinchers Vs Tubulars Vs Tubeless – Which Tyres Should You Choose For Your Road Bike & Why?

The clinchers vs. tubulars debate is long running. Which tyres should you choose?
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Clincher tyres are the standard; they’re almost certainly what you had on your bike when you first got it. Tubular tyres are the pro racers standard; they need to be glued to your wheels, which takes a bit of expertise, but the pros had steadfastly refused to move away from them, even though excellent clincher tyres and wheels are now available. And, now there’s a third option, tubeless clincher tyres. These have been used in mountain biking for years now, but have proved more difficult to adapt to the road and are yet to really gain much traction in the pro peloton, although they do offer lots of grip.

Which do you ride? Let us know what and why in the comments.

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50 Comments

  1. Russell Scott on September 3, 2022 at 2:51 am

    Love the vids but this one was 5 years ago so surely must be time for a new one in the clincher vs tubeless debate?

  2. Ismael Diaz on September 3, 2022 at 2:51 am

    Hi guys ! This a 4 years ago … what about now 2020 with Continental Grand Prix 5000 Tubelless … which one would you chose. I ride about 500K per week. Thanks again for all your videos.

  3. David Stephens on September 3, 2022 at 2:51 am

    The cinder hill climb

  4. DerMax_HD on September 3, 2022 at 2:51 am

    well tubeless is awesome, not sure about road tubeless tho

  5. Phil Houck on September 3, 2022 at 2:53 am

    Tubeless tires on a road bike solve a problem that just doesn’t exist. This is a gimmick of the bike industry pure and simple. Tires with tubes are far more reliable. Riding tubeless is dangerous because there’s no way to tell when the sealant has dried out leading to the possibility of the tire blowing off the rim. Moreover tire fit and rim accuracy is far more critical when riding tubeless. Riding tubeless on aluminum rims is also a problem because the overall diameter of the rim can vary as much as 2 mm and that means the tire is less secure. To get the greatest safety, carbon rims are important because they are made from a mold that can be more precise than bending aluminum to a round shape. I would be surprised if the tubeless tire is any faster than a tire with a light butyl tube.

    Tubular tires are dead. While they provide a good ride, at higher pressures they don’t last long, at least when I was riding them in the 80’s. The base tape would fail and then the stitching would fail. Then the tubular was ready for the trash. There is also the problem that I haven’t seen a tubular larger than 28 mm. I could be wrong about this.

    The main weakness of this video is that it is dated and it doesn’t include comments about the tire that embraces the ride quality of a high quality tubular and the convenience and simplicity of wired-on tire. This is the open tubular. It’s made with the same materials as a tubular but is used on wired-on rims. It can be easily repaired and when ridden at a properly low PSI, it is very resistant to punctures. The ride compares very favorably with the best tubulars and it comes in wider widths: 35, 38, 42 and larger. Consequently it gives much better traction and substantially greater shock absorption.

  6. Janet Burrows on September 3, 2022 at 2:53 am

    Hang o Chaps, what’s a Tub, tyre??? Is it thumbless or what, then what’s a clincher??? I’m getting extremely confused by these 3 tyres??? You talk as though everyone knows what the dickens your talking about??? Any chance you can simplify it for us newbys????🚴🏼‍♀️🚲😃😜🤔😅💖🙏😂

  7. Mike Stevens on September 3, 2022 at 2:56 am

    Tubulars all the way.  

    200g (/wheel!) is very significant difference and is arguably very noticeable — even to amateurs. Weight added to the circumference of a spinning mass (ie the tire on a wheel) is significantly more important to speed and acceleration than weight anywhere else in the system: hubs, spokes, rim, frame, components or rider. Basic physics: The tire is a rotating mass and the more it weighs the more inertia it has, thus the more energy required to accelerate/decelerate. For a rider with 600w output that’s significant indeed.

    Plus – in a pinch you can roll (gently) on a flat tubular without damaging the rims in the relatively rare instance it goes flat and can’t be fixed with goo injection. A tubeless in the same condition would need an Uber.

  8. Ben Turp on September 3, 2022 at 2:59 am

    Tubular tires offcourse!!

  9. Steven Leslie on September 3, 2022 at 3:01 am

    Enough Roadies, watcha got for MTB?

  10. Londoner R on September 3, 2022 at 3:01 am

    You need an electric motorcycle for filming

  11. Harlan Silva on September 3, 2022 at 3:01 am

    Guys, what is more confortable: A tubeless 25 mm tyre or a 28 mm clincher tyre? Thank you!

  12. That Asian Guy on September 3, 2022 at 3:05 am

    tubeless ftw!

  13. Nessunego on September 3, 2022 at 3:08 am

    I really love clinchers

  14. CJ W on September 3, 2022 at 3:10 am

    i’m still running on inner tubes

  15. doncoCAD on September 3, 2022 at 3:12 am

    maybe take the **? outta your mouth to understand you bloke….

  16. kami kira on September 3, 2022 at 3:12 am

    I miss these two guys 🙁

  17. Xyz on September 3, 2022 at 3:13 am

    In 2020 I ride 25mm GP5000 TL and i absolutely love it feels great is absolutely fast even with lower pressures no need to worry about Bad Roads anymore

  18. Andrew Herrmann on September 3, 2022 at 3:15 am

    Watching this in 2020, love the new presenters but I wish Matt was still on sometimes, especially for the GCN Show

  19. A P on September 3, 2022 at 3:15 am

    Clinchers all the way. I know 2 people who’ve needed rescued miles from home with tubeless tyres because they’ve gone flat and couldn’t be fixed at the roadside

  20. bkrKenny on September 3, 2022 at 3:20 am

    Does someone know if you can ride tubeless tires with tubes in it? 😀

  21. Daily Rider on September 3, 2022 at 3:20 am

    tubeless zzang zzang man

  22. Sam Smith on September 3, 2022 at 3:20 am

    Pros use tubulars because they have mechanics to put them on 😀

  23. Lawrence Smith on September 3, 2022 at 3:21 am

    I’ve always liked clinchers. Easy to replace. Yes they’re slightly heavier but honestly you wouldn’t notice. It’s balance between performance and durability. I’ve found a set of Continental GP 4000 tyres or gatorskins to be literally impenetrable on the road. I’ve had no punctures in almost a year from them but if I do at least I can rest assured that I won’t have to form out a fortune to replace the tyre as I would with tubs.

  24. ProtoKJ on September 3, 2022 at 3:22 am

    tube-less tires..??

  25. Craig Roberts on September 3, 2022 at 3:24 am

    What are the silver things on the pedals on the cyclocross bike?

  26. Raine Harkins on September 3, 2022 at 3:24 am

    I miss Si and Matt 🙁

  27. Paul Beresford on September 3, 2022 at 3:24 am

    Two questions guys, how do you fix a puncture in a tubular tyre, and how do you remove a glued on tubular tyre?

  28. Олег Ломака on September 3, 2022 at 3:24 am

    Переведите видео на русский язык интересно же

  29. Édouard Renaud on September 3, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Why do you guys want responsive tires like you’re trying to smooth it out right? Help a mountain biker out here

  30. Leandro Da Rosa Marques on September 3, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Matt is hilarious hahaha

  31. cj18 on September 3, 2022 at 3:28 am

    can a tubeless be used on a clincher rim?

  32. OutYourBackdoor on September 3, 2022 at 3:29 am

    what is this chube, chubular, chubeless?

  33. Andrew Martinez on September 3, 2022 at 3:30 am

    this channel is awesome and these guys are cool, i love it!

  34. tee-lee on September 3, 2022 at 3:30 am

    i only see one tube on the video

  35. Easy55 on September 3, 2022 at 3:30 am

    I have tried tubeless tires for road, gravel, and cyclocross for a couple of years now. If you can get a tubeless tire to seat you can have 2000 miles of problem free riding. But since tubeless tires are almost impossible to seat, sometimes taking hours or even days, no matter all the YouTube advise, they seem to be mostly a waste of time. Time spent on tube tire maintenance and repair each year 30 minutes, and always successful. Time spent each year on tubeless tire maintenance 30 hours, and half the time I give up and put in tubes. The Emperor has no clothes !

  36. piro mittig on September 3, 2022 at 3:30 am

    I have all 3 and they are all good for different things.

  37. Kenny Moon on September 3, 2022 at 3:31 am

    Tubeless tire is heavier…. and u did not count sealant weight !!!!! 😒.. no brainers

  38. Maria Rak on September 3, 2022 at 3:32 am

    I wish they redid this video since I am sure there has been much technological advances since and there are more choices for tubeless tyres so Simons perspective might have changed.

  39. H. P. on September 3, 2022 at 3:33 am

    aren’t clinchers more dangerous though? Especially on descents?

  40. Techcanics on September 3, 2022 at 3:33 am

    These guys are amazing, so funny
    Why on earth do we have a disk?
    "I wanted a shinny new pair of wheels to ride cycle-cross on " hahah

  41. Kyle Hagerty on September 3, 2022 at 3:34 am

    I’m from the future and tubeless is getting to be used everywhere

  42. focused1 on September 3, 2022 at 3:36 am

    I’m not entirely sure that this is a good idea…

  43. pabloc106 on September 3, 2022 at 3:39 am

    solid ftw, TANNUS

  44. Michael LaForte on September 3, 2022 at 3:40 am

    Years ago I ran tubeless using my clinchers, on Mavic Ksyrium ES wheels, needing no rim tape. The setup was straight forward. At the time there were no “tubeless” specific tires. I went back to tubes the last few years, but now there’s tubeless specific tires. I’ve seen the only difference seems to be the bead, but are there really any other differences in the tires AND any reason I SHOULDN’T use a clincher (I like Schwalbe Ones) to run tubeless?

  45. kennedy mensah on September 3, 2022 at 3:41 am

    I know this was informational but I’m new to cycling and all I could see was their package (Im not gay I swear )

  46. ballards02 on September 3, 2022 at 3:41 am

    Which do you prefer Boxer or Briefs babe??

  47. Stefan Kozlowski on September 3, 2022 at 3:46 am

    It would have been nice if you’d added the Tufo tubular-clincher tires into the mix. I’ve been riding the Tufo Elite 25mm tubular-clincher for over a decade and they feel much better than traditional clinchers.

  48. bobicabayo on September 3, 2022 at 3:46 am

    Tubeless… Because they came with my road bike

  49. Michael Lynn on September 3, 2022 at 3:49 am

    My new bike came with tubeless, which I was initially skeptical of, but having done a few rides, I’m now in love with them! I am however, unsure of whether the increased comfort comes from the 28c width (used to run 25c tubes), lack of inner tube or lower pressure?! I am also dreading a puncture because I simply don’t want to buy another damn product which rarely gets used – a habit I’m sure we’re all accustomed too!

  50. Rex Jamerson on September 3, 2022 at 3:49 am

    I am restoring a Gio’s Torino professional and running tubulars again for the first time in many years. I actually forgot what a pain in the ass they are to mount! I miss the old Silk tubulars from Clemente and Hutchinson because they were really well-made and weren’t that difficult to mount when you got the tricks down. However, I am now finding them a bit of a pain in the butt. The cheap Victoria’s don’t Mount very good of course. And just for the record, I’ve been doing serious cycling since 1964. Entered my first racing in 1965.

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