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butyl vs latex

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I've always tried to pass on knowledge and help aspiring riders over the years.
It ain't easy.

I've been riding latex tubes forever.
They are amazing.
Anyone else on them?

Your thoughts...


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post #2 of 8

I think you should start a (flawed no doubt) poll...

I prefer latex for the rear (less mass) but rubber in the front (does not loose pressure as quick...)

Cheers

Da Flav
post #3 of 8
Butyl all round.

Standard length stem or deep section stem?
Threaded valve with locknut or smooth?


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Originally Posted by flaviaman View Post
I prefer latex for the rear (less mass) but rubber in the front (does not loose pressure as quick...)
cycling, flav.
post #4 of 8
I ride both but really do not "feel" the extra money on the road.

Plus rubber tubes hold the pressure for MUCH longer and you can
pick up 10 packs cheap if you shop around.

I also believe I read in Bicycle Quarterly that there is NO rolling resistance
advantage to latex.....just a slight weight advantage over lightweight rubber tubes.
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
I also believe I read in Bicycle Quarterly that there is NO rolling resistance
advantage to latex.....just a slight weight advantage over lightweight rubber tubes.
was that in the tire test issue?
post #6 of 8
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was that in the tire test issue?

Me thinks so
post #7 of 8
no tubes

I am now running Hutchinson tubeless tires on the road (I assume we're talking road here). Don't want to go back.

I've used a lot of latex tubes, and they ride great and are very puncture resistant, but I've had trouble with the seams failing on latex tubes when it gets hot. Every latex tube I have purchased (from many manufacturers) has failed at the seam or had the valve unglue itself. I'd never buy another one. I've also ridden the Panaracer Greenlights which have the bad properties of the latex without the smooth ride, but they are light.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
Butyl all round.

Standard length stem or deep section stem?
Threaded valve with locknut or smooth?
Butyl. Standard. Threaded valve, but without locknut or cap.

I'm interested to hear more about road tubeless, as it's just come out in the last few years. I had a customer yesterday come in and ask about them and we got about 5 minutes into a very confusing conversation until I realized it was looking for tubular tires, but calling them tubeless.
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