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Latex Tubes...any one tried them(6 posts)

Latex Tubes...any one tried thembenja15
May 20, 2003 3:47 PM
Are these tubes worth the price. I know they leak air faster

also anyone tried the newer polyurethane
Lots of people have tried themKerry
May 20, 2003 4:36 PM
Without getting too scientific about it, I'd guess that 4 out of 5 people have had a negative experience, typically low durability. 1 in 5 love them and rave about being able to feel the weight savings. Polyurethane is not new, and has not been very successful. IME the tubes were brittle and more flat prone than butyl. Perhaps a new formulation can cure that, but they sure haven't taken over the market.
re: Latex Tubes...any one tried themMR_GRUMPY
May 20, 2003 6:53 PM
Every latex tube that I have used in a clincher, failed at the valve. On the other hand, only one tubular tire, with a latex tube, has failed at all.
re: Latex Tubes...any one tried thempmf1
May 21, 2003 5:28 AM
I've tried a couple different brands of them and always walked away dissapointed.

Its claim that latex tubes are less likely to flat. I found the opposite to be true. In fact, some cheap ones I got from Nashbar blew up.

Its claimed that they give a great ride. Come on, if you can feel the difference in a tube, you can feel a pea under 18 mattresses too.

I've been riding bikes seriously for a long time and have come to the conclusion that the vast majority of gizmos (e.g., ti cassettes, fancy pulleys, sealed cables, latex tubes, lightweight rim strips, after market chain rings, brake pads and chains, lightweight tires ...) don't work any better, and often a lot worse, than the standard replacement shimano/campy parts or basic technology (tires/tubes/cables).

Then again, in the grand scheme of things, a pair of latex tubes isn't much money and some things are best learned by experience ...
I like themPing_Pong
May 21, 2003 6:39 AM
I am the 1 in 5 that likes them - I have been using them for a couple of years on my 'dry weather/race' bike and have never had a problem. A couple of punctures. I can't honestly say that I can 'feel' the difference, but I must admit I like to beleive that there is a difference, - they do feel pretty cool and light when you put them in (carefully)!
No! Stay the hell away from anything but butyl!BergMann
May 21, 2003 9:41 AM
I've tried latex, polyu. and God knows what else on the mountain bike. Latex punctures like mad, and my poly. tubes split at the seams.
Get lightweight butyl tubes (e.g. Specialized turbos or Torellis) and have done with it, that is unless you like walking home.