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Old 07-10-12, 08:17 AM
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Slime Tube Quality

I want to put some Slime or similar tubes in our Big Dummy.

I saw some recent reviews complaining about the quality of the tubes being low and splitting open along the seam, or valves ripping off. The complaints about the valves were for the presta tubes, and I know a lot of people aren't careful enough with presta valves. I will be using presta valves and I know to support the head of the pump. Does anybody have some recent experience with Slime tubes? Is there a better brand or method? I transport my 1yo daughter on the Dummy, so sudden failures are not acceptable.

I'm also open to going tubeless, I love it on my trail bike with Stan's Flows. But I know Salsa specifically recommends against running Gordos tubeless. The Dummy has Gordos.

Thanks for any help
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Old 07-10-12, 02:37 PM
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not slime tubes.....but I have not been happy with slime in general. Even following the directions I have gooped or slimed up my pump as the green stuff comes out.

You concern is sudden failures. I don't know that slime will prevent that. If you get a small hole it will stop it, but a big hole or blowout that rapidly deflates the tire......slime didn't stop that on my son's bmx bike...but to be fair he had a big blowout with hitting a curb after missing a bunny hop
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I just had a slime tube fail at the stem after about 100 miles of riding. YMMV, of course.
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The only leak the green slime stopped for me was when the valve was loose; I had to replace the valve.

Apparently it really needs more air flow past the goop to seal leaks.
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As squirtdad said, slime won't prevent sudden blowouts and when they do occur, you have a terrible mess to clean up. If that is your worry, Slime won't help. I don't like Slime type tubes, all they seem to do is foul up the valves. If you are trying to prevent puncture flats, there are better options. You could get better tires, thorn resistant tubes or tire liners.
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Originally Posted by BIG-E View Post
I want to put some Slime or similar tubes in our Big Dummy.

I saw some recent reviews complaining about the quality of the tubes being low and splitting open along the seam, or valves ripping off. The complaints about the valves were for the presta tubes, and I know a lot of people aren't careful enough with presta valves. I will be using presta valves and I know to support the head of the pump. Does anybody have some recent experience with Slime tubes? Is there a better brand or method? I transport my 1yo daughter on the Dummy, so sudden failures are not acceptable.

I'm also open to going tubeless, I love it on my trail bike with Stan's Flows. But I know Salsa specifically recommends against running Gordos tubeless. The Dummy has Gordos.

Thanks for any help
I used slime...ONCE. Ruined a brand new tube AND my floor pump. Didn't even attempt to add it to the other tube.

Personally, I use Kevlar based tires, "puncture resistant" tubes, and Mr. Tuffy tire liners. Sounds like quite a bit of overkill, but since I went that route I have had two flats, while riding, in 15 years of riding. Luck? Possibly....but I stand by what I use.
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