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Laytex Tubes(7 posts)

Aug 6, 2002 11:58 AM
Has anyone had luck with laytex tubes? Do they make a differnce in ride quality? I've heard that they are less likely to flat.Is this true?
re: Laytex Tubesbrider
Aug 6, 2002 1:29 PM
I've heard that, but I didn't get that many flats any way. I used them for a while to make for a lighter combo. Eventually just went back to butyl for most applications. Latex does eventually harden up a bit as the air leaks through the material (over many months), so replacement is an every-season affair. If you go with latex, I'd reserve them for the race wheels, and let the air out after the race, and replace the tubes every season to make sure.
re: Laytex TubesIronbutt
Aug 6, 2002 2:53 PM
I have ridden latex tubes exclusively for about seven years.They make an incredible difference in ride quality; latex tubes in a quality clincher tire will rival the ride of a good tubular. I have not had any problems with the latex tubes deterioriating over time, and the ones on my bikes are all over two years old and have no problems. The downside is that they do leak air, and you have to pump up your tires every day. I let the air out after every ride,so it makes no difference to me. Also, it is imperative to talc the tube and tire at installation, and to never, never use tire irons to install the tire on the rim. If you do, you are almost guaranteed to pinch the tube and cause a pinhole.
Princess and the peaKerry
Aug 6, 2002 5:05 PM
While Ironbutt has had a nearer to God experience with latex tubes, others report that they can't tell the difference. A blind test is required to sort this out, and people "never" do blind tests. While many report good luck with latex tubes re: flats and durability, many more have had negative experiences. They are not popular, and it's not just because of the price.
Princess and the peaRoyle Wheels
Aug 7, 2002 7:28 AM
University tests published in Fliets magazine (Dutch mag) a couple of years ago showed that latex tubes dropped rolling resistance by 5%

Nothing but trouble for mepmf1
Aug 7, 2002 6:33 AM
I've tried these 2-3 times and never had any luck. Its claimed (in the ads) that they have a nicer ride -- felt the same to me (come on, what difference is a tube going to make); that they are more puncture resistant -- I got numerous flats; that they lose air quicker when the bike is sitting around between rides -- this is true. Plus they usually cost a lot more. I see no benefit. But what the hell, buy some and see for yourself. Pretty cheap experiment in the big scheme of things.
re: Laytex Tubesmapei boy
Aug 7, 2002 1:27 PM
I've had nothing but good luck with latex, flatwise...much better luck than I've had with butyls. Ride is marginally better. They can be significantly lighter than even the thinnest of butyl tubes, which is a real advantage. Because nobody buys them at the LBS, they are often discounted heavily. Still, though, whenever I steal the tubular wheels off my wife's bike, I instantly feel the superiority that those tubular wheels & tires convey. Tubulars are better than clinchers in every riding parameter.