I am one of those hardy few - some would say foolhardy few - who ride tubulars for everyday training and club rides. I just love the way they ride. However, it took a number of experiments before I settled on Tufo tape rather than glue, on a roadside repair process that was as quick as changing a tube, and most importantly, these tires. I have since had a very happy mix of performance and flat resistance. That it IS somewhat of a compromise is why 4 stars, not 5.
I use these with Stan's sealant on my carbon rims and they install (with Tufo tape) and handle very well. I have not gotten great wear on them, but it may just be an unfortunate series of road debris to blame. I have two tires waiting to go on next so I'm committed to the tire. Watch for it on sale, I have noticed an occasional $15 price bump.
Been racing tubulars for many years with mixed results of short wear, scary cornering, poor wet handling and hard stiff rides. I installed the 23's on my RZR 46 wheels and instantly noticed the difference. Smoother ride, stable cornering in all conditions, and durable on on routinely rough roads here. With only one tire rotation during 2500 kilometers and running between 145 and 160 PSI, they are still going strong. I train and Grandfondo race on them with confidence, without sealant. Note they are easy to install with Tufo tape (no messy glue).
My rear Elite Ride has been showing red for about three months. It's now beginning to show black and next will be the threads. I'll change it then. I spend lots of time riding dirt roads and never had a flat. I put 15 ml of Stan's in them when I mount them. So don't change them too soon.
I wouldn't consider this a racing tubular, but I think the Tufo Elite series of tires are among the very best tubulars for training, group rides, road event rides, etc. I ride 23mm on the front and 25mm on the rear. They are very durable, seem to withstand puncture better than most tubulars and wear extremely well. I use Stan's NoTubes sealant, an ounce or so, in my training tubulars and Stan's / Tufo creates a tubular setup you can ride for months pretty much worry free. Forget about the Tufo sealant, by the way, as it's just not as good as Stan's. I mention that because I did get a small puncture on this tire about 600 miles in, and Stan's sealed it immediately. Not only did I complete that ride with no problems but I've ridden it several hundred more miles without incident.
Use on my road bike used for training rides and rainy or winter weather conditions. Tire goes on without a struggle. I use Tufo gluing tape which makes the install a breeze. Tire is durable and wears well, at least so far after only a few hundred miles. Solid road feel - good grip and roll.
Being new to tubs I was a bit hesitant about the whole black magic of the glueing process. Came across Tufo in my research and their taping system and thought I'd take the plunge. These 23's roll well, but seem a bit stiff coming from what I'm used to (Michelin Pro4 clinchers), but my experience with tubs is limited so take this review with that in mind. The installation couldn't have been easier. I've only ridden in the dry so no comment on the wet experience.
I've use Tufo tubulars for many years on my race wheels. I've never flatted - I use Stan's or Tufo tire sealant and mount my own tires using the Tufo tape. Tufo just gets better every year. These new tires have a better ride and grip plus the reliability and bulletproof features that have always been Tufo's trademark.
I now use this as my regular everyday tire (I am a die-hard fan of sew-ups). I ride hard 200 - 300 miles per week year-round along the Chicago lakefront and suburbs, including some notorious glass-strewn stretches. They are quite good at resisting flats. They also wear well giving good service for 2K miles. Highly recommended by a veteran rider.
After installing these tires and putting my first 100 miles on them I have decided these will be my mainstay for my pleasure and semi-competitive riding. I switch from tubular to clinchers in the winter because I am riding rough country roads and its dark in the fall when I ride. But I am looking forward to next spring when I get back on my tubulars! I like them so much I set up two sets of wheelsets with the Tufo's but I haven't had any flats yet after about 450 miles.
Prior to these I have been running Zipp and Vittoria tubular tires. After having two Zip's and one Vittoria fail at the stem in the course of two weeks, I will no longer be purchasing those brands again. They have been replaced by Tufo.
Riding these to replace the even more pricy Vittoria Corsa Evo CX with my carbon wheels. Reasonable wear (1264 miles on rear, 3863 front may be my best) but usually flatted before that. I do run them with Stan's sealant which is great for the occasional staple or thorn, but doesn't help if I lock up the brakes and take the tire down to the red layer. Operator error, I know.