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Anyone use Latex tubes?(14 posts)

Anyone use Latex tubes?niteschaos
Jan 15, 2004 2:26 PM
I'm getting a new set of tires and was looking for some good tubes to go with them. I've read that latex is more resistant to flats and has less rolling resistance, but doesn't hold pressure as well as butyl. What are your EXPERIENCES?
they are sort of a painDougSloan
Jan 15, 2004 2:30 PM
I tried them, too. They do lose air faster. I found zero benefit from them.

Doug
Weight only advantageScollopini
Jan 15, 2004 2:51 PM
The only reason they are used (or at least why I use them) is in racing wheels - they weigh considerably less (or can - Conti supersonic latex tube - 50g). They do lose pressure quicker but in racing application this matters little.
re: Anyone use Latex tubes?mapei boy
Jan 15, 2004 4:49 PM
I'm probably the only person on the board who'll admit to prefering latex tubes. I've had outstanding luck with them, durability-wise. During those rare moments when one of my latex tubes blows, I find they're easier to mount inside a tire than butyl tubes. This is because they're softer and more flexible than the butyls. It's also because the latex tubes tend to be brightly colored - which means you can easily see whether or not whether the tire bead is pinching them. They patch just as easily as butyl tubes, too. Yes, they don't hold pressure like a butyl. But I'm the type of guy who obsesses over tire pressures anyway...so even with a butyl tube I'm always topping them off. Ride-wise, it's hard to tell a difference, but that doesn't stop me from loving 'em.
re: Anyone use Latex tubes?Ironbutt
Jan 16, 2004 4:52 AM
I have used lates tubes exclusively for at least ten years, which is when I made the change from tubular tires to clinchers. I have found most all of mapei boy's comments to be true, but have found that the latex tubes give a much more resilient ride when installed in a good flexible tire. I have two identical wheelsets, and experimented with latex and butyl tubes in the same type of tires making back to back rides on the same road. I found the latex tubes to be noticably more resilient riding. I had two flats in about 5500 miles last year, but my mileage was really down.
re: Anyone use Latex tubes?Tom Goos
Jan 16, 2004 4:47 PM
Not the only one, but one of the few.
I totaly agree with you.
re: Anyone use Latex tubes?Sharky
Jan 15, 2004 5:48 PM
I have been using them for 4 years now and have found they are lighter, more supple, and a little less prone to flat. They lose about 30 lbs of pressure overnight, and are expensive. It seems like every time I go back to try a butyl, I get a flat shortly thereafter! I have had great luck with them (michelen green)and have no plans of switching back to butyl. Try them for about 6 months.
agree w/ SharkySuds
Jan 16, 2004 5:05 AM
I too use Michelin latex tubes. Although they do lose air overnight, they seem more resistant to pinch flats and I certainly notice that they bring a good quality clincher's ride up to the comfort level most tubulars that I use on my race wheel. I'd even go so far as to say that a Velofex Pave / Michelin Latex tube combo rides better than a Conti Comp tubular. IMHO a significant portion of the fabled tubular ride quality can be attributed to the fact that most $$$ tubulars use latex tubes.
Not since the vasectomy. (nm)Al1943
Jan 15, 2004 6:46 PM
re: Anyone use Latex tubes?Bananaman
Jan 15, 2004 11:32 PM
5200km in a year with only one flat which no tube or tyre combo could have stopped. I use Michelin green latex tubes and think theyre worth every cent. Without a doubt they are more resistant to flats but lose around 40lbs of pressure overnight. Dont leave home without them!!!
Are there latex specific tube patching kits?niteschaos
Jan 16, 2004 4:58 AM
How do you go about patching a latex tube?
Tried them 2-3 times and was always disappointedpmf1
Jan 16, 2004 9:38 AM
1. I heard about the magical ride qualities, but never experienced them. Then again, think about it -- how can a tube effect rolling resistence?

2. I got more flats with latex than butyl. lots more.

3. They leak air pretty fast so you can't even go a day between tire pump ups.

4. They are lighter, but that didn't offset the penalty of 1-3 above.

Just get some butyl tubes and ride. Frankly, the ones Performance sells have always worked pretty well for me. They go on sale occasionally for $2/tube.
Tubes do make a difference over distance though.niteschaos
Jan 16, 2004 11:25 AM
Since at pressure they deform more easily than butyl, so you lose less to rolling resistance (the measure of the amount of energy per time that goes into deforming your tire as you roll over it.
Always a physics major to correct me ...pmf1
Jan 16, 2004 1:44 PM
Maybe so, but if you can feel any difference riding a latex vs a butyl tube, then you can feel a pea under your mattress too.