About TUFO

TUFO was founded in 1991 and has been on the forefront of tubular tyre design ever since.

From the very beginning TUFO worked hand in hand with many world champions and elite racers from all cycling disciplines. This cooperation makes the translation of theoretical knowledge from development and research into new products much easier.

All the production is under direct and everyday control in the TUFO plant in the Czech republic. Most of the production is accomplished by skilled hand work, making it possible to concentrate on detail and quality.

Every finished tubular tyre/tubular clincher is tested for air leaks. Inflated to 10 bars (145 psi) for a 24 hour period. Final quality control specialists test every finished tubular tyre/tubular clincher for roundness, correct size and overall finish. This is done visually and by hand, inch by inch around the tyre.

TUFO tubulars and tubular clinchers are manufactured without stitching of the carcass which allows higher inflation pressures without the risk of blow outs. There is a fully integrated gluing system using a pressure activated tape for fast, mess free fitting of TUFO tubulars.

Information about compounds used can be found here.


Tubular Clinchers

When inflated, the tubular clincher, in the same way as a tubular, is pressed towards the rim. Simultaneously, the bead blocks of the profiled rubber band spread out, embedding on the rim shoulders and eliminating any rotation of the tubular clincher against the rim as well as the possibility of the tubular clincher unseating. Additionally there is no possibiliy of pinch-punctures, making for a safer ride.

The bottom profiled bead band does not function as a filling in the area between the rim and the tubular clincher but plays an active role. As the tubular clincher is inflated, the band sides literally “bite” into the rim shoulders.

It is important to observe the sizing indicated on the tyre side wall for a secure fit.

Benefits of using TUFO tubular clinchers:

  • High inflation pressures – up to 15 bars (220 psi) without any damage to the rim walls, even when the rim manufacturer specifies lower inflation pressures (the pressure is contained inside the tubular clincher and does not affect the rim walls)
  • Same riding quality as with tubulars
  • Safe handling in case of punctures, the stability of a rider is not affected
  • In case of emergency, the tubular clincher can be ridden flat
  • The fastest and easiest installation and dismantling without any tools

About this site

This web site is run by Sonic Cycles, the official importer/distributor to the cycle trade in the UK.

Whilst we endeavour to stock all TUFO products, there are exceptions:

Wheel sets wil be made to order and take 2-3 weeks to supply.
Wheel chair sports tubulars (apart from the out door 20" S3 Lite <100 g) and artistic cycling tubulars are supplied on special request only.