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    what is the meaning of the word clincher for MTB wheel ?

    what is the meaning of the word clincher for MTB wheel ?

    there are clincher and tubeless wheelsets.

    Does clincher refer to tube wheelset?

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    Re: what is the meaning of the word clincher for MTB wheel ?

    A clincher is any wheel that accommodates non tubular tires. Tubular tires are mostly used on high end road racing bikes. They are very light but expensive and hard to repair when you flat. Most people that ride tubular have someone else paying for them.

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    wikipedia has a concise summery:

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    Clincher rims

    Most bicycle rims are "clincher" rims for use with clincher tires. These tires have a wire or aramid (Kevlar or Twaron) fiber bead that interlocks with flanges in the rim. A separate airtight inner tube enclosed by the rim supports the tire carcass and maintains the bead lock. If the inner part of the rim where the inner tube fits has spoke holes, they must be covered by a rim tape or strip, usually rubber, cloth, or tough plastic, to protect the inner tube.

    An advantage of this system is that the inner tube can be easily accessed in the case of a leak to be patched or replaced.

    The ISO 5775-2 standard defines designations for bicycle rims. It distinguishes between

    Straight-side (SS) rims
    Crochet-type (C) rims
    Hooked-bead (HB) rims

    Traditional clincher rims were straight-sided. Various "hook" (also called "crochet") designs emerged in the 1970s to hold the bead of the tire in place,[10][11] allowing high (610 bar, 80150 psi) air pressure.

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    In other words, most 'tubeless' tires are also clincher.
    Tubular tires and rims (sew ups) are different animals.
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    Well, there are some tubular mtb set ups, but they are rare. I know Geax makes a tubular mtb tire.

    With mtb riders changing tires a lot, tubulars are even more difficult to manage. Roadies may have a "ride" wheel set and a race one which is probably tubular.

    One of the ROAD benefits, besides weight, of a tubular set up is the ride quality of the tires. Most have a much more subtle feel. Since most mtb has suspension, the need for that "nice" riding tire is mostly irrelevant.

    So, almost everything you find on the mtb side, is going to be a clincher.
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