A cheap training tub that puts in a decent performance

There aren’t too many tubulars out there that are cheaper than the Continental Giro. Sure, you can find some, but this is certainly at the budget end of the market and it’s billed as an ‘inexpensive training tubular’. Bear that in mind and don’t go expecting a top level racing performance. But as an off-season run-around, it’s fine.

We’ve heard people moan about these not sitting well on the rim in the past but we had no worries with ours: they sat in place without any major lumps or crookedness. Okay, they weren’t perfectly round but, for the money, they were pretty good and they stayed that way throughout testing. Available in just one width, 22mm, they made it up to the stated 10 bar/145psi max pressure with only a moderate amount of swinging from the track pump handle, and ours weighed in well below the manufacturers’ claimed weight of 300g each. That’s not mega-light but you’re not going to be racing on these anyway.

The ribbed tread isn’t the most hard-wearing ever but we found it grippy enough in both wet and dry conditions and it is reasonably resistant to cuts.


It's a cheap training tub that puts in a decent performance - nothing stunning but fine for the money

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Continental Giro Tubular 700x22

Size tested: 700x22

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Did you enjoy using the product? You don't really 'enjoy' tubs but they did a reasonable job

Would you consider buying the product? To be honest, I wouldn't train on tubs - clinchers are far less hassle for everyday use

Would you recommend the product to a friend? As above

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 184cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.