General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Tubolito tubes

Old 02-19-20, 09:13 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
_ForceD_'s Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 1,351

Bikes: Several...from old junk to new all-carbon.

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 580 Post(s)
Liked 132 Times in 85 Posts
Tubolito tubes

Anyone tried these tubes? How'd you like them? There's really only one review, and it's not conclusive.

_ForceD_ is offline  
Old 02-19-20, 09:25 AM
Senior Member
jadocs's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: USA
Posts: 1,515

Bikes: Ti, Mn Cr Ni Mo Nb, Al, C

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 643 Post(s)
Liked 294 Times in 193 Posts
Man that is pricey! I wonder how durable it is.
jadocs is offline  
Old 02-19-20, 09:27 AM
Some Weirdo
Ferrouscious's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: SW OH
Posts: 351

Bikes: '86 Maruishi Excellence, '86 Schwinn Prelude

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 140 Post(s)
Liked 64 Times in 41 Posts
It's expensive, difficult to patch, permanently stretches to the specific width of your tire, and has unknown sticking characteristics when left inside a tire for a long time. All to save... 28g per tire over a Challenge latex tube. Seems like a colossal waste of money. Where would you use it? In an MTB tire? Those have been tubeless for at least a decade now. In a road clincher? Most roadies either want the minimal hassle and cost of a butyl tube or the ride characteristics and weight savings of a latex tube (me). Others still have gone tubeless for the same reasons and puncture resistance.

$70 for a set of tubes? I don't think so!... I don't think so.

Last edited by Ferrouscious; 02-19-20 at 11:58 AM.
Ferrouscious is offline  
Likes For Ferrouscious:
Old 02-19-20, 11:03 AM
Tortoise Wins by a Hare!
AlmostTrick's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Looney Tunes, IL
Posts: 6,977

Bikes: Wabi Special FG, Raleigh Roper, Nashbar AL-1, Miyata One Hundred, '70 Schwinn Lemonator and More!!

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1341 Post(s)
Liked 519 Times in 293 Posts
I've had them on my road bike with compass 700x28 tires for almost a year now.

You can patch them if you get the patch kit made for them. (sold separately ) I have the kit though I've not had to use it because I haven't had a flat yet. They seem tougher than latex and don't leak down quickly like latex does, which is nice.

"permanently stretches to the specific width of your tire" should only be an issue if you take it out and try to install it in a narrower tire.

Besides the weight savings the Tublito is much more compact then a standard tube when new, allowing for a smaller size flat kit.

The plastic valve stem is the weak point. While detaching my clamp on pump head the plastic split and the metal valve core blew out. No way to fix, but Tublito did send me a new tube free of charge. Now I'm more careful and have not had this issue again. If you use a pump head that screws on, it may also unscrew the valve core when you remove it. After this happened to me on a new tube I epoxied it back in so it's not coming out.

Both of my issues happened when new. Since then they've been issue free. Unless I start having problems with them I'll likely continue to use 'em.
AlmostTrick is offline  
Old 02-21-20, 07:21 AM
Let's Ride!
RidingMatthew's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Triad, NC USA
Posts: 2,514

Bikes: --2010 Jamis 650b1-- 2016 Cervelo R2-- 2018 Salsa Journeyman 650B

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 314 Post(s)
Liked 21 Times in 13 Posts
I am intrigued with them for being light and roll up small in my commuting stuff but I have not bought them because the are so expensive.
"Work to eat. Eat to live. Live to bike. Bike to work." --Anonymous ||| "late & alive > early & dead." ~Steely Dan
RidingMatthew is offline  
Old 03-16-20, 12:49 AM
Senior Member
SethAZ's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,394

Bikes: 2018 Lynskey R260, 2005 Diamondback 29er, 2003 Trek 2300

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 562 Post(s)
Liked 324 Times in 179 Posts
I decided to try them out after determining that I wouldn't be able to find latex tubes for my Compass 32mm tires. One of the two Tubolitos that I bought had a defect out of the box where air slowly leaked out from the base of the valve stem, so after a few days (where I had to pump an unreasonable amount of air in each day) I removed it, and was refunded for it by the retailer. I confirmed the leak in the sink with water.

The other Tubolito is still in my rear tire, and it's got around 750 miles on it so far. No flats, but I don't get a lot of flats with butyl tires either, so that doesn't mean much.

It's definitely light, and I believe the thermoplastic they make these from absorbs less energy during flexing than butyl tires do. All in all riding with the Tubolitos in both tires felt very, very much like riding latex, which I've done in the past with narrower tires. Yes, these were expensive, but if they last a long time and are more resistant to flats I think it may even out in the wash. The lighter weight at the rim and lack of energy loss due to flexing, with the very latex-like road feel, I think, are nice.

I'll go ahead and order a new one and put it back in my front wheel. I think I'll ride these until and unless something happens. If nothing ever happens then they were a good deal, and if it does, then at least I'll learn something. I do think these may be a more durable alternative to latex, and for folks riding wider tires like me (32mm, and possibly soon switching to 35mm), may be the only way to get a latex-like road feel. They do seem to be far, far less fragile than latex.
SethAZ is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.