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Latex vs. Butyl Tubes(5 posts)

Latex vs. Butyl Tubesmootsdude
Sep 21, 2002 12:58 PM
Wondering if anyone has compared the different ride characteristics between latex and butyl tubes. Ten years ago I rode tubulers and found them to be less harsh than clinchers. The expense is what drove me to clinchers, although I immediately noticed the difference in feel. I'm currently riding Michelin Axial Pros and love their durability. Any first-hand experience would be greatly appreciated.
Depends on who you believeKerry
Sep 21, 2002 4:53 PM
Some people claim that latex tubes make a huge difference. Others say they can't feel a thing. Some have even done tests where they had somebody switching tubes to see if they could tell which was which by just riding. Those tests suggest that people can't tell the difference, but don't tell that to the fans of latex tubes. Princess and the pea? My own experience is that brand/model tire differences are a lot more significant than tube type. Plus, many have problems with latex tube durability. Again, don't tell that to the fans of latex. The clinchers of today are significantly better tires than those of 10 years ago. Some would say that only the very finest tubulars outperform the best clinchers. Again, don't tell that to tubular fans!
Used them - here's what I thinkMcAndrus
Sep 23, 2002 4:11 AM
A few years ago I tried some latex tubes because of the weight savings. At first I liked them a lot, although any ride characteristic changes were almost certainly from a placebo effect. After a number of slow leaks and blow outs I decided to switch back to butyl and have since settled on Specialized light-weight tubes. The Specialized are both durable and feather-light so I'm happy.
latex has always equaled disaster for mepmf1
Sep 23, 2002 8:03 AM
Twice in my life I've fallen for the claims that latex tubes are more comfortable (or somehow better) riding than butyl tubes, and more puncture resistant. Went out, bought some and was immediately disappointed.

First, I felt no difference -- but is this suprising? How can what kind of tube you're using make a difference? Second, they are not more puncture resistant. If anything, much less. Third, air leaks out of these things so fast that they're soft a day after you pump them up.

Why did I do it twice? The first time I tried them I bought cheapies from Nashbar, the second time expensive Italian ones. No difference.

Save your money and buy something really useful like after market derailer pulleys, sealed, teflon coated cables, stainless steel chains, aluminium cable housing, exotic brake pads, ...
LOL (nm)Kerry
Sep 23, 2002 4:25 PM