A.Dugast is handled by a Dutch craftsman, specialized in tubular's production for mountain bike, track, road and cyclocross. Dugast doesn't rely on any wholesaler/distributor, each order must be made directly to Dugast from their website and all tubulars are hand made with excellent quality and, of course, quite long time. But the end result will forget about waiting time.
In our test we tested the Dugast Fast Bird version 50mm for 26". Tessellation is great for XC use in dry conditions by taking a little 'distances from the Rhino model that took into account also muddy with a tiling in a bit more high and spaced. The weight is good, but we are pulled to the limit, this allows a structure strong enough to avoid the collapse of the first stone or taken incorrectly.
This tire was developed in collaboration with Florian Vogel who has been tested and led to victory in the World Cup race (Champery 2010). In fact, the Swiss Power Team Scott was looking for a more specific tire for dry conditions since the Rhino was also used in wet conditions and here was born the Fast Bird. The tubes are always surprising for comfort, grip and surprisingly well for copying smooth ground very well and not doing loosing grip, but Dugast have that something extra that the top riders are immediately noticeable and can not do without it (in the cup the world seen so many runners, including Absalon, run with Dugast "disguised").
Testing the Fast Bird sensations have completely different than a tubeless tire making us discover a new bike, much more stable and comfortable. The tubular that runs through the woods is a pleasure and gives us a unique feeling with curves that we never before imagined doing with so much "swagger". We could stand here for hours and hours to praise him with compliments, but we stop to avoid being repetitive, for an agonist that XC practice at least once in their lifetime should try these covers.
Only flaw, if you can call it, is the limited duration (still less than the Tufo XC2). The structure is really soft and wears very quickly, after about 200km (within race) shows many signs of wear (especially on the rear tire).
Dugast recommend acquaure's use, a special glue to be spread on the side of the tubular to avoid the formation of mold (the structure is in cotton) but also to make it more resistant the shoulder and to prevent ingress of mud or other. The Aquasure is a product used in the sailing world to seal / repair material water. Recall that by using a special syringe can enter inside of the tubular fluid puncture but be careful to avoid corroding the structure of the cotton must use latex without ammonia (Caffellatex recommend).
Tubular to be used absolutely in the race, especially the duration and performance that gives. The price is not for everyone (102 € list) but then the quality you pay and the tubulars are handmade, one by one (if ordered from Dugast allow at 1/2 months for the arrival ...) . They are fully customizable in the section, with its own name or with the shoulder colored black if the color you like natural cotton.
The Fast Bird is the 2nd MTB tubular tyre developed with the team of Thomas Frischknecht. The tread has partly been designed by Florian Vogel, after who the tyre has been named. The Fast bird tread has a low stud in the middle for a low rolling resistance. The studs at the sides are higher for off-camber sections. Because of the different height of the studs and the different rubber compounds, you can ride on nearly every course by changing the tyre pressure.
The Fast Bird has won already different races, among whom the world cup in Champéry 2010 on Fast bird prototypes and Pietermaritzburg 2011 on the final tyres.
Widths: 48, 50, 52 mm, 26” and 29”
Pressure: 1.4 – 1.8 bar
Weight (50 mm): 570g in 26” and 580 g in 29”