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EB16: Tufo Comtura expands road tire offering with more clinchers & more 28s

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Czech made Tufo tires have been well-known for their lightweight and unique vulcanized tubular and tubular clincher construction for many years, but clinchers and wider road offerings hadn’t been one of their hallmarks. That started to change over the past several years, as they started to venture into light, affordable clinchers that they gradually have widened. Now for 2017 they’ve pushed on much further, adding a couple of new road clincher families, plus 28mm offerings in five different tires. Check out the new treads after the jump…

Comtura Duo & Trio

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In the road clincher lines, the 3 versions of the Calibra family now get joined by an equally deep Comtura racing line up. Sharing the same range from racing to training the Comtura family’s standout feature is a new improved Vectran puncture resistance barrier that give the tires better all around durability.

The universal leader of the new tires is the Comtura Duo (easily distinguished by the two paired blocks in the tread pattern, at left). It combines improved flat protection and more comfort through wider offerings in a race tire most closely paired with the slightly lighter Calibra Plus. The Comtura Duo comes in both a 225g 25mm and a 250g 28mm clincher, and is offered in all black or red, blue, or tan sidewalls.

Looking very similar, but with three grouped blocks in its tread (above, right), the Comtura Trio adds sidewall protection for improved durability to make it an excellent training variation on the Duo. Similar to the carry-over Calibra, the Comtura Trio’s sidewalls are actually adapted from mountain bike tubulars for a lighter and more slippery protection from sidewall cuts. At just 245g in a 25mm, and 275g in a 28mm tire, the Trio offers pretty good performance in what Tufo calls their most durable road clincher, in either white or black wall versions.

Comtura Aero

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The new Comtura Aero is then said to be the lightest and fastest in the new family. Comparing itself to the Calibra Lite, but with much improved flat protection and a longer wearing tread, the Aero is designed to roll fast. Only in all black, the new Comtura Aero gets a 215g 25mm wide option, and a wider 240g 28mm to build in more comfort and lower rolling resistance.

Status EST

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Out of the new Comtura family, there is also the all new Status EST. Designed with classic chevron shoulders, the Status is meant to be a budget road training tire for all weather conditions. Available only in a 24mm wide clincher at 265g, the tire uses the less flexible puncture proof layer of the Calibra family, and adds on a thick layer of fast rolling rubber for long-wearing performance.

Wider updates

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In addition to the new families of tires, some of the carry overs get updated too. The all around racing Calibra Plus gets updated with a new 28mm width for its folding clincher. At 235g, it only adds 25g over the smaller 25 introduced last year.

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Tufo’s training and racing vulcanized Hi-Composite Carbon tubular gets the wider update as well. Now available in a 28mm option at 320g, it should make for a good year round training tire for those gluing their tires on. Also, now in a new tan-sidewall version, it could be a good option for those looking for a classic look on an easy to maintain tubular that can use sealant to prevent or repair flats on the go.

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Their lightweight, race-oriented Elite S3 vulcanized tubulars also get a bit of a wider update. Now up to 25mm (from only 23), the tires still promise a guaranteed weight under 265g a piece. The wider tire offing also brings with it a new tan sidewall option for the tires, that were already produced in version with black, red, blue, or yellow treads, all paired to black sidewalls.

For those looking to ride road tubulars, but wary of the gluing, Tufo has also just added a new wider 22mm version of their Gluing Tape to work with the recent crop of wider rims. Made up of a several layers to securely stick your tubulars to aluminum or carbon rims (now from 22-26mm wide), the tape takes all of the mess, smell, waiting, and guesswork out of mounting road tubulars.

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Veganpotter
Veganpotter
6 years ago

Hopefully these are only half as slow as their other tires…

mutron3k
6 years ago

@Veganpotter – I’ve won races, TT’s on Tufo – what do you mean by slow? Time to pull out the rolling resistance charts…

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
6 years ago
Reply to  mutron3k

Ha, go find some that aren’t theirs. I’ve won cat 1/2 state titles. I’ve tried tufos and have never been willing to race on them. I’ve been given them by reps but they’re super slow, training only.

TomM
TomM
6 years ago

I didn’t know Tufo was in business. Last I heard anything from them, it was about “tubular clinchers” around a decade ago.

Biff
Biff
6 years ago
Reply to  TomM

They make Clement’s tubulars, heard of them?

Cat 1
Cat 1
6 years ago
Reply to  Biff

The terrible road tires?

Rod Diaz
Rod Diaz
6 years ago
Reply to  Cat 1

and the very popular CX tubulars, as used by most the front row in the last world cups.

I didn’t like their own-brand tubulars or clinchers for either road or CX. Very stiff.. But the Clement CX selection is pretty good.

mutron3k
6 years ago

Tufo doesn’t spend dollars on marketing/advertising like all the other companies trying to get your hard earned money, so you kind of have to find out about them yourself. Also why they don’t appear in many comparison tests. You be the judge if they are good or not, nobody’s going to force it down your throat.

ChrisC
ChrisC
6 years ago

The Status EST is “Available only in a 2mm wide clincher…”

I’d frankly be a little concerned about rim damage. 😉

Eds: Ha, oops. 24mm. Corrected. Thanks for catching that.

BillB
BillB
6 years ago

mutron3k – you may want to look at independent tests. Tufo’s have traditionally scored near the bottom of rolling resistance test. These are test where the tester buys the tire – marketing is not a factor. I tried their tubulars more than 10 years ago due to light weight. Easily the poorest riding tire I’ve ever been on. But that’s subjective. I would hope they’ve improved.

QuixoteS2
QuixoteS2
6 years ago
Reply to  BillB

@BillB Looked, but can’t find any rolling data on the new Calibra line. I agree, their older tires were less than stellar, but the Calibra Plus has been a great all around tire in my experience. Certainly better than Michelin’s former line in both speed and durability.

Large D
Large D
6 years ago

I use their mountain bike tubulars, much better than Geax/Vittoria mtb tubulars which were hands down the worst tires I had ever tried. I wondered why pro mtb’ers like Nino would run tubulars after riding the Vittoria Saguaro (which I found “scary” deflected off of every trail obstacle even down at 15-17 psi). The Tufo float over roots, etc.

Little D
Little D
6 years ago
Reply to  Large D

Also using their MTB tubulars. It’s pleasure to ride them.

Steve
Steve
6 years ago

I’ve been riding the Calibra Plus and Lites because I was intrigued and they were so cheap on ProBikeKit. Very impressed with them so far. They’re on my TT bikes so I have plenty of race experience with them and have PBs so I don’t feel that they’re holding me back. Both are round tires so not the most aero but comfortable with predictable cornering. Very light weight and reasonably durable too. The sidewalls are very thin though.

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