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What tubes do you use?

Old 04-19-09, 09:54 AM
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What tubes do you use?

Dizzying array of tubes and various prices. Is a tube a tube or are there any differences? I run Specialized tubes and they seem to work well. I was just wondering....

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Old 04-19-09, 04:25 PM
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I run cheap-o tubes... but that is because I bought them a while ago and didn't know any better. They're tubes, as long as they hold air you're golden. The problem with mine are when I get a flat: the seam lines are pretty big to sand down... Plus I'm pretty sure there is some sort of grid of lines that I hope I never get a puncture around...

They're going to last me a while... but if I had to I would buy something better like Michelin or Conti or Torrelli I heard were nice... Something lighter than what I have (127g)
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Old 04-19-09, 04:38 PM
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i tend use bontrager or pyramid over the other brands that the lbs carries only because it is packed smaller so it fits into my saddle bag better.

I did get Michelin tubes once, i do not feel a difference.

I'm tempted to try latex tubes just so i can have something to compare too, but i haven't had the opportunity to buy one yet.
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Specialized are good, Torelli I've been happy with too.

Currently have some Vittoria Ultralite that are $5 ea. that will go on next time I get a flat.
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continental race light..............not that i race, but i just like the way the bike feels compared to the el-cheapo's. they were $9 at my LBS
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Old 04-19-09, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by jasandalb View Post
continental race light..............not that i race, but i just like the way the bike feels compared to the el-cheapo's. they were $9 at my LBS
Probably 20 years ago, I read this in a cycling magazine: "All tubes suck, but Continentals suck least." I buy Contis when I can find them, but they're not common in the shops around here. Otherwise I just buy what's there.
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Weight = huge difference.
I went from 380g tubes to 127g. Wow. Night and effin DAY!
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Originally Posted by mrvrsick View Post
Weight = huge difference.
I went from 380g tubes to 127g. Wow. Night and effin DAY!
Vittoria Ultralite are 80g, fwiw.
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Specialized because that's what my favorite LBS carries. I have no complaints.
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I was very surprised to find that Schwalbe tubes seem to hold air MUCH better than any other tube I have used in the last 55 years.

To say I was amazed, is an understatement.
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performance brand "lunar lights" are my favorite.
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i'm on continental race lights as well...no complaints

will plan on switching to vittoria later when required.
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Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
Probably 20 years ago, I read this in a cycling magazine: "All tubes suck, but Continentals suck least." I buy Contis when I can find them, but they're not common in the shops around here. Otherwise I just buy what's there.
my local shop stocks them....let me know if you want me to pick you up some and ship.
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Originally Posted by MONGO! View Post
Vittoria Ultralite are 80g, fwiw.
Contis are 50g

Only reason I use the Walmart ones is because I see no need to change them on a 33lb monster.
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Maxxis Ultralight only 67 grams. $4.50 @ Jensonusa.com.
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Wish I'd had better luck with Bontrager's XXX ~55g/ea tubes, but I didn't...

Last season I rode Vittoria's Ultralight tubes and they were just fine. I don't recall the weight, but someone here posted they weigh ~80g/ea.

This season, I'm riding Michelin A1 latex ~90g/ea tubes. So far, so good.
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I use black ones... never put any more thought than that into it.
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My criteria:
  • 50 grams too many flats.
  • 70-80 grams about right.
  • Smooth valve stem, so not to tear up pump head.
  • Name brand cheap as possible.
  • Buy a bunch at one time, as you'll need them.

The Michelin, Specialized and Vittoria fit these criteria. PBK has a good price on the Vittoria (now only $4.85!) when they are in stock, and if I am ordering something else, I'll get a bunch.




* To fit tyres sizes 19-23mm.
* Long valve size 51mm presta valve for deep section rims.
* Weight: 84gms.
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Kenda Super Lite 60mm valve (85g) on one bike
Cutter Premium 60mm valve (got these from Bonktown/CL) on the other bike

Have also used tubes from my LBS and also the ones from Performance

The Kenda are my favorite tube because they are light, decent price ($5), and have good valve stems (nickel plated? and high quality heads than haven't ripped off or shred the pump)

I need to find some decently priced 80mm tubes though because valve extenders suck...
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