For decades the Dugast tire brand was a low production tire company making handmade tubulars for professional riders and a small amount for distribution around the world to small boutique bike shops. Around 2003 under the new leadership of Richard Nieuwhuis the brand began to expand providing the same high end quality at higher volumes for racers and riders all over the world. The brand continues to be a leader in races where tire performance is crucial and you'll often see riders outfitted with Dugast tires, if you can judge a tire by its tread and casing without logos.
The Strada tire with cotton casing is the all around workhorse of the Dugast road tire family. The rubber compound and light tread provides grip to spare in most riding situations and has decades of top tier professional rider testing from the cobbles of the north to the winding descents of the Pyrenees. Wherever you want to ride, this tire will provide a fast and stable platform for you.
Other Dugast Options
If you're looking for an improved ride quality over the cotton casing of the Strada Cotton tubular the Strada Silk tubular is the tire for you. If you're looking for something that the pros use on the cobbles of Paris Roubaix the namesake Paris Roubaix Cotton tubular is for you.
With all tubular tires we'd recommend having an experienced shop mount your tires for you. If you feel confident, have done this before, or have a friend to help out here's the instructions Dugast recommends for their tire installs. I've edited the original instructions to make a bit more sense to an English reader and added a few notes of my own. As with all install instructions, but especially gluing tubulars, we are not responsible for any injuries or mishaps if you're following these instructions.
- Inflate the tire to 7-14 PSI (0.5-1 bar) and mount on the rim then remove the tire. We let tire stretch for 24 hours before removing it.
- Prep rim:
- If you're using an alloy rim sand the rim with rough sandpaper.
- For all new rims clean with alcohol to remove any oil or other substances that might interfere with the bonding of the glue.
- Put a thin even layer of glue on the rim.
- Let this dry for 24 hours.
- Put a second, thicker, layer of glue on the rim.
- Let this dry again for 24 hours.
- Check if the radius of the tyre is the same as the radius of the rim. To do this mount the tire and make sure the tire is snug on the rim. If there's more than a 1mm gap follow steps 8.1. - 8.4. otherwise skip to step 9. (It's rare to have a tire not fit snugly on a rim, this is more of an oldschool problem when rims varied in diameter more than they do now with modern manufacturing tolerances.)
- If not: (as in the drawing)
- Put another layer of glue and push the small rim tape in the glue. Attention: the tape cannot be to0 large (only between 6 and 9 mm).
- Let everything dry for 24 hours.
- Put another layer of glue on the tape.
- Inflate the tire to 7-14 PSI (0.5-1 bar).
- Put a thin layer of glue on the base tape of the tire.
- Put a layer of glue on the rim.
- Put the tire on the rim. Pay attention: the wheel always has to stay upright position with the hole of the valve at the top. Then put the tyre on the rim: Begin at the top and then push the tyre (always with the same force!) to the bottom. Turn the wheel upside down and pull the last part of the tyre onto the rim.
- Inflate the tire to 28 PSI (2 bar).
- Centre the tyre until the tread is in a straight line with the wheel.
- Remove the glue that you still see between the tire and the rim with a towel. Please be careful and don't use gasoline or similar products.
- Let everything dry for 24 hours.
Again, we can't stress enough that this is more likely to be done correctly by an experienced mechanic. Rolling a tire is a painful, and potentially costly way to realize you did something wrong. Also, there's a lot of ways to glue tires and opinions on tape vs. glue and the best way to glue, we're just trying to help you make sense of the English translation on the Dugast website.
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