Tubs vs clinchers – which are faster?

We put both through TT, hill and sprint tests

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Choosing between tubulars and clinchers is getting harder for anyone contemplating a high-end wheelset purchase. We borrowed two sets of ENVE’s new SES 4.5 and did our own quasi-scientific test. And the results may surprise you (they did us!).

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Note – our tester Jamie was wearing a GoPro during testing, but all other riding footage was shot separately, so the drafting effect of the follow-car would not be a factor.

Tubulars vs clinchers: which is fastest?