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Tube Recommendationsbimini
Sep 15, 2003 7:12 AM
Ah, the lowly tube.

I know I buy whatever they happen to have at the LBS.

Lately, I have had a few leaks around the valve stem. Not sure if it's the rim, pressure or tube. I have used some light weight tubes lately, maybe they do not have as much reinforcing around the stem.

What tubes have you had good luck with? I need 60cm stem on one set of rims and standard length on the other set.
re: TubesChen2
Sep 15, 2003 9:34 AM
I have had very good results with Performance house brand Ultra Light tubes with 60mm stems. But I don't see them listed in their latest catalog.
"Ah, the lowly tube"PaulCL
Sep 15, 2003 10:57 AM
The lowly tube, without which....well....we'd all be riding tubulars.

I've had good luck with Conti's which can usually be purchased for around $2.99. I have had BAD luck with the ultra light Bontranger tubes. I bought three of them on sale from my LBS a couple of months ago. They seem to flat on a regular basis. Maybe its' becuase they are so so thin.
Michelin (nm)Kerry Irons
Sep 15, 2003 5:34 PM
Specialized Ultraglia
Sep 15, 2003 6:59 PM
These are nice 70g tubes that do not flat. Come in 36mm or 48mm stem and are pre-talqued so they mount easy.
I've been a fan but ...McAndrus
Sep 17, 2003 10:47 AM
I'm changing my mind about Specialized Ultras. This year I've had several problems with bad stems. I've used them for years with less than normal flatting problems but this year .... it's enough to make me switch.
haven't used them for ~2yrs, but...BenR
Sep 17, 2003 3:04 PM
for the money, I thought they were the best thing going. I don't recall having more flats than standard weight tubes, they held air just as well, and were almost as light (within 10-20 grams) as more fragile tubes costing twice as much. Only reason I don't buy them now is I'm dirt poor and race sew-ups.

Maybe McAndrus's bike shop got a bad batch or he is using a different rim in the past, or maybe the tube quality did change. I don't know, but my experience with them in the past was very good.
Quality Tubes from QBPrussw19
Sep 15, 2003 7:07 PM
I need 48mm tubes for my American Classic 420's. They cost me about $1.10 ea. if I buy them in a box of 12 (wholesale) and they are the same tubes as Kenda tubes. They are stamped Kenda on the tube, but come in a Quality box. The same Kenda tubes cost me around $3.00 ea. wholesale.

Stay away from Kenda or Salsaspookyload
Sep 15, 2003 8:39 PM
Salsa is made by kenda, and I bought a case of both. I had half of them leak at the seam with the tube after first install. Kenda recognized their manufacturing flaw and sent me a new case, as did Salsa. I proviede them the bad tubes to check them out BTW. I promptly sold the new tubes on ebay and have since switched to performance lunar lights. Pricy but super light. Have had no problems since.
Conti Supersonics: Problems w/ valves & tube! nmDUOHEAD
Sep 16, 2003 9:41 PM