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Does anyone have any information about Barum cyclo-cross tires? They were manufactured by a company in one of the countries aligned with the former Soviet Union in the 1980s; therefore, their availability was scarce. I've only recently ever heard of them; and, unfortunately, I've never seen one.



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Here is the Barum. I measured the casing width at 25mm.

I've put this set of Barum's up for sale on eBay.

I'm happy to entertain offers to sell direct.

Here is the Wolber. I measured the casing at a scant 24mm.
Here is the UFO. I measure the casing width as 27.5mm.
these came in three widths, if memory serves us right.  28-32, right?
I'm not sure. I don't even remember where I got these (I think Veloswap in the late 90's). But if these are as old as I think, I doubt they made them as big as 32, even 30, but I that's just my guess.
And finally here is the TUFO Rhinoceros. It measures at 29mm.

Hey Ariel, I can't thank you enough for posting these photos. Just being able to see these treads is a pretty big deal to me. I'm really, really curious as to why the tread designers chose the rounded knobs; I'm going to dig a little, but I'm not so certain I'll be able to find out why they were used.

I'll bet the cyclo-cross tire geeks of the early-to-mid '90s were really psyched when those UFOs came out. I'm going to try and search a little to perhaps find out more about how they chose that design, as UFO/TUFO did a great job establishing what may have manufactured a mud-specific tread pattern that has been modified and fine-tuned a few times (with great success) over the years.


Again, thanks for posting these. I appreciate it.



No problem.

I think the round knobs were actually pretty good in the mud because they shed the mud really well, probably better than the UFO/TUFO pattern. I think the best thing about the UFO/TUFOs when they came out was that they were available, while the other probably more desirable tires were very difficult to come by.

I can think of a few people who might have some good information about tires of that era (80's, 90's). First I'd try to talk to Clark Natwick and Jim Langley. Perhaps Lennard Zinn. I have a few others but I haven't even been able to find them.

DM me and I could probably compile a longer list of people who had experience with tubular tires in the late 80's early 90's.

Let me know if you want better/larger images.

-- Ariel


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