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Old 12-16-11, 01:42 PM
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Reviews? Vittoria latex tubes

Anybody use or try these? They get some good reviews and I'd like to try some but, hoo-boy , they aint cheap.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vittoria-Lat...9#ht_769wt_732
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They're only available with that stupid looking 51mm valve? My LBS just ordered some quality Continental Race Light tubes I'm looking forward to trying soon.
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Old 12-16-11, 01:57 PM
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yeah Colonel. That extra long valve got to me too. Why so long I wonder?
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Modern rims are deep. No one cares about us and our box section rims.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
Modern rims are deep. No one cares about us and our box section rims.
Yeah, but we're more "aero" than them in a 30mph crosswind
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Latex tubes are light, but lose air like a sieve. Plan on pumping up a lot. I have salvaged quite a few from worn out sew-ups that work well in clinchers. They also have a durability advantage over light weight butyl tubes.
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^true and also you can't use ordinary (butyl) patches on them and they may be far stretchier than butyl tubes but they are far from puncture-proof. I never got enough plusses from latex tubes (any brand) to outweigh the minuses.
Just like some other "tubular-shaped latex products", you don't want to contaminate them with any mineral oil product...catch my drift?
Edit, I was temporarily confusing latex and polyurethane: you can put a standard "self-vulcanizing" patch on a latex tube, but most people recommend making a latex patch out of an old latex tube and using a different gluing technique. Apply latex patch on thinly applied wet glue, hold tight until solvent evaporates.

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Old 12-17-11, 02:12 PM
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I've got a couple of these I'm not using--not the Vittorias linked, but latex tubes of the same general color/description with smaller valves.
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