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Latex tubes any good?(6 posts)

Latex tubes any good?Spdemon
Mar 19, 2001 8:16 PM
Has anyone had any experience with latex tubes? Are they more puncture /pinch resistant than your normal tube, how is the ride, any feedback would be appreciated.

cheers
trav
Skip themmike mcmahon
Mar 19, 2001 8:34 PM
They cost too much. They lose air quickly. In my experience, they were no more flat resistant than butyl and provide little if any improvement in performance. After experimenting briefly with latex, I stick with lightweight butyl. I think you'll have a hard time finding any defenders of latex here.
Skip themSpdemon
Mar 19, 2001 9:02 PM
Even for race wheels?
Skip themmike mcmahon
Mar 19, 2001 9:09 PM
I think I'd skip them even for race wheels. However, if using them for race wheels, you probably won't be so worried about keeping them aired up all the time, so the air loss problem won't be as big an issue. The only way to find out if you like them is to give them a try. If you notice a difference from lightweight butyl, you should stick with latex for race wheels.
Use themPing Pong
Mar 20, 2001 4:47 AM
They are pricey, but for good wheels I would recommend them. Hard to say about puncture resistance, I haven't had any problem, most people say that if carefully fitted the resistance should be better than butyl. Assuming you've got a track pump putting a pump of air in before a ride is no problem - a small price to pay for what you get. I reckon that they feel better, and the scales say they are lighter too - Use 'em!
re: Latex tubes any good?DoubleK
Mar 20, 2001 7:09 AM
Go with Latex. I believe latex has gotten a bad rap simply because people don't want to pump up their tires before every ride. It really blows my mind the amount of posts I see about ride quality this, ride quality that, aluminum vs. carbon fiber ride quality etc., and people don't closely monitor the most important factor there is, YOUR TIRE PRESSURE! Uh oh, I feel a rant coming on!

Also, is it any wonder people have problems with their tire casings fraying, cracking, and splitting (especially Conti GP's) when they subject them to high pressures 24 hours a day? Consider the forces on that tire for a moment. While, I am no engineer, I'm sure they must be substantial. I reduce my tire pressures to about 60psi after each ride and pump them up prior to each ride. Your tires are your only contact with the road (hopefully!) and I can't understand why people want to pump them once a month and forget them while they freak over a little dirty chain lube.

Anyway, I have been using latex tubes for years with no problems. The weight advantage alone should at least get you to try them. Don't forget where all that weight is being saved too! The only time I would not recommend latex is if you ride in an enviroment with a lot of glass around because they are more expensive and while I do believe they are a little more pucture resistant, it is certainly not enough to prevent flats over a lot of glass. Good luck and happy riding.