Recomended Tubes and Tires

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Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby orphious » August 3rd, 2012, 11:52 am

Just purchased a front Flo 60 and rear Flo 90. What tires is everyone using. I will primarily be using the wheels for racing and will put the stock wheel of my bike back on for training. I was looking at spending the extra dough on the Continental GP Attack set.

Next question... how in the world do I pick our tubes? I watched the video on valve extenders and would prefer not to mess with them and just use 1 valve length for the 60 and the 90. Possible?

If I have to use extnders would I choose the 60mm valve length like in the video for both and use the extender for both wheels? Confusing as some of the online store it is hard to tell what length the valves are and weather or not I can use a internal extender or not. Just trying to get a sense of what everyone else is doing.
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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Chris Thornham » August 16th, 2012, 2:09 pm

orphious wrote:Just purchased a front Flo 60 and rear Flo 90. What tires is everyone using. I will primarily be using the wheels for racing and will put the stock wheel of my bike back on for training. I was looking at spending the extra dough on the Continental GP Attack set.

Based on wind tunnel testing, we commonly recommend the Continental GP4000s in 23mm. Their durability also makes them a great everyday tire. For more information on tires, our full tire study can be found here http://flocycling.blogspot.com/2016/04/flo-cycling-a2-wind-tunnel-tire-study.html

Next question... how in the world do I pick our tubes? I watched the video on valve extenders and would prefer not to mess with them and just use 1 valve length for the 60 and the 90. Possible?

You will have to use valve extenders for the FLO 90. The longest tubes I know of are 80mm and they will not fit through a 90mm rim. If you want to not use valve extenders on the FLO 60, the 80mm tubes will work without extenders.

If I have to use extnders would I choose the 60mm valve length like in the video for both and use the extender for both wheels? Confusing as some of the online store it is hard to tell what length the valves are and weather or not I can use a internal extender or not. Just trying to get a sense of what everyone else is doing.

I wanted to carry one type of tube with a valve extender for my 60mm wheels and for my 90mm wheels. I found by using the following parts and pieces I could limit the "stuff" I needed to carry.

A 48mm presta tube.

A Silca 34 extender for the FLO 60 and a Silca 60 extender for the FLO 90.

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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby cyberjunkie21 » November 22nd, 2012, 8:01 pm

If I get the 80mm tubes, then what length extender should I get for the rear?
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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Chris Thornham » November 22nd, 2012, 8:12 pm

cyberjunkie21 wrote:If I get the 80mm tubes, then what length extender should I get for the rear?


FLO 60s require about 80mm of total valve length and FLO 90s require about 110mm of total valve length. Find an extender that give you the above lengths and you'll be good to go.

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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby cyberjunkie21 » November 23rd, 2012, 2:32 pm

Okay great, I'll figure out some sort of workable, easy combo for my 60/90's. And to be clear, on the tires, it's still the 23's right?
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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Chris Thornham » November 23rd, 2012, 4:27 pm

cyberjunkie21 wrote:Okay great, I'll figure out some sort of workable, easy combo for my 60/90's. And to be clear, on the tires, it's still the 23's right?


We designed our wheels using 23mm tires so that is our first suggestion. Michelin Pro Race 3 or 4 (service course version) to be exact. Out of curiosity, what frame are you using? I'm asking because very few frames work better with thinner tires.

Thanks for the support today despite our troubles!

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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby meesier42 » December 8th, 2012, 10:55 am

Tubeless options

I see that you are designing the Flo 30 to be a tubeless ready rim, but are the 60/90's tubeless ready?
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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Chris Thornham » December 8th, 2012, 11:28 am

meesier42 wrote:Tubeless options

I see that you are designing the Flo 30 to be a tubeless ready rim, but are the 60/90's tubeless ready?


The FLO 60/90's are not tubeless ready. You can purchase a Stan's Kit to get a tubeless solution. Here is a link to their conversion page... http://www.notubes.com/Road-Tubeless-C78.aspx

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby cyberjunkie21 » December 10th, 2012, 10:46 am

Chris Thornham wrote:
cyberjunkie21 wrote:Okay great, I'll figure out some sort of workable, easy combo for my 60/90's. And to be clear, on the tires, it's still the 23's right?


We designed our wheels using 23mm tires so that is our first suggestion. Michelin Pro Race 3 or 4 (service course version) to be exact. Out of curiosity, what frame are you using? I'm asking because very few frames work better with thinner tires.

Thanks for the support today despite our troubles!

Take care,



Didn't see the reply earlier, but I have the Quintana Roo Seduza 2011. Picked up the Mich 4's S.C. All necessary parts are prepped in anticipation of the shipping notice! :)
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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby cyberjunkie21 » December 27th, 2012, 2:13 pm

Just thought I'd make a follow up post with what I used.

I got the 80mm removable core tubes from Q-tubes http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CK2B9A. Mounted the front 60 with no extender. I used the zipp 41mm valve extender for the rear 90 and a spare. (You can get them in a 3 pack plus wrench tool from zipp).

Going with the board recommendations, I bought the Michelin Pro4 Service Course 700c 23mm tires. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062103R6

Since the rim tape has been updated by the Flo guys, I opted to use those as well. Took a bit of maneuvering to get those and the Michelin tires on, but not too bad.

Pumped the tires to 95-100 and have extremely enjoyed my first miles with the setup. Thanks Flo!
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