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suggestions for high quality tubes

Old 07-12-06, 06:02 PM
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suggestions for high quality tubes

Today I got a bontrager racelite tube...My jaw dropped when they wanted 7.50 for the tube. Well the bad news was it was DOA. This is the second bontrager tube I have had be DOA. Is there a bicycle tube made in the USA today? I'm sick of paying a premium for korean made crap. I dont know of any tube not made oversees. Are latex tubes worth the price of admission? There has got to be a tube with a good reputation.
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I like the Michelin Ultralights. $5 normally.
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Korean crap. Nice.
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Continental and Michelin both have good reps in that price range. Switching to latex will not cure your durability woes. Avoid the Vittoria latex ones if you do. They're cheap for a reason and I've killed all five I bought this spring (4 never made it out of the garage). For a little less, I've also had success with Specialized tubes. In all cases, the superlight 'race' tubes are generally just that--race only.
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I like the Michelins with the non-threaded stems. I stay away from the 27" combo tubes if possible.
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Originally Posted by voltman
Korean crap. Nice.
LOL...yanks..always know their new enemies. Clearly Kim Jong-il is to blame.
Does the US even make tubes? Freedom rubber?
 
Old 07-12-06, 08:26 PM
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No...there aren't any US made tubes... and if there are ...they probably suck. I like michelins myself. Smooth valve stems = $$ You can get them online pretty cheap. Biketiresdirect.com sells 'em
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Originally Posted by pigmode
I like the Michelins with the non-threaded stems. I stay away from the 27" combo tubes if possible.
+++1, the non-threaded also do not chew up your pump heads
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How are the Performance ultra lights? I just bought two for $7.
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i buy the cheapest non-race 700 cc tubes i can find. $3 usually. i can't remember the last time i had a flat. the tube gods are smiling upon me.
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I buy and use whatever is on sale.
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On the note of non threaded-stems - which Michelins tubes have them? Also do any other makes have non-threaded stems?

I much prefer them, for the look and for making it easier to get the pump on and off. I've just ordered some new wheels and don't want to have to take the tubes out of my old ones to put in these.
Thanks.
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DOA tubes? Multiple ones? Did you inflate them right out of the box to make sure they hold air?
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I buy the Performance brand tubes when they are 5 for $10. They weigh about 100g or so, and I have had ZERO problems with them. I run them on all of my bikes with great success.
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Originally Posted by SoreFeet
Is there a bicycle tube made in the USA today? I'm sick of paying a premium for korean made crap. I dont know of any tube not made oversees.
Hey Archie Bunker, I'm sick of paying a premium for American made crap. Put that in your pointy white hood and smoke it
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Originally Posted by jtown
How are the Performance ultra lights? I just bought two for $7.
just buy the performance tubes, not the ultralights. we all run them here with great success.
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