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Old 01-17-12, 08:21 AM   #1
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Slime Smart Tubes

At the recent London Bike Show, Slime had a small stand displaying their wares, among which were Slime Smart Tubes in 16" and 20" sizes. These are innertubes pre-charged with Slime sealant all ready to be fitted and inflated. Never having seen them before, I wonder if anyone has any experience with them ?

The sizes available seem to be 16" (305) 1.75 - 2.125 & 20" (406) 1.5 - 2.125.
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Old 01-17-12, 11:14 AM   #2
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You should have stopped by the booth next to it to say hello! I was there all day , every day folding/unfolding bikes every 5 seconds. I was a little surprised that I didnt see anyone from the forum!

Slime is great if you dont mind adding extra weight to your tyres. Remember 1 gram on the wheels =2g on the frame. is it worth the extra weight? I've also heard that it can damage the rim in the long term.

How many punctures do you get a year?

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Old 01-17-12, 12:08 PM   #3
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These, and the Specialized versions, can be invaluable during dry seasons in areas where "devils head" or "goats head" thorns thrive, but for day-to-day use they are not worth the weight penaty in my opinion.

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Can be really messy to install and if you get a flat. If not getting a flat is really important to you or if you ride on goatheads and glass they could be an option but I`d rather fix a flat once in a while. Have installed them on bikes for one or two "older ladies" that can not deal with a flat and ride far from bikeshops.
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I've installed them in both 16 and 20 inch tires without any problems. No flats in 1 1/2 yrs of use.
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