Latex Tubes (Feedback Needed)

Also using Vittoria, since they have a removeable valve core so I can use them with thread on extenders I find more reliable.

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Schwalbe One 25mm

yep, shouldn’t be an issue other than losing air faster, but in a pinch it should be fine to just get home in most cases

I’m a relatively new convert to latex tubes, no issues so far other than the loss of air. Again, like others, I always check tire pressure before every ride, so NBD. Good advice on what to do with respect to longer rides. Air up higher than desired at the start and let it drop over the ride. Pressure probably doesn’t drop strictly consistently as the tire warms up anyway, so not much of a worry (probably even over 10 hrs).

Not familiar with issues with CO2 and latex, but I carry a butyl spare tube anyway, simply because I don’t want to run the risk of tearing the spare when I’m stuck out on the road. Latex is a little more likely to tear or puncture on install. Though I’m proficient with changes, at that point, it’s mostly about just getting back home, not saving 5W or whatever.

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Used latex tubes for a few years. They do feel so smooth when riding on them.

You can use co2 but you will lose air even faster than normal. So just be aware of that.

My tip for installing is after you have the tyre half on, pour a little talc in the tyre and then roll it all the way around the inside of the tyre by moving the rim a full 360 degrees. Then slightly inflate tube to give it shape. Pop it in all the way around and then install the second bead of the tyre. Done.

Check your rims/wheels with the manufacturer, some don’t support the use of latex at all. Lightweight for one. This is due to the heat from braking and explosive failures. Lighter butyl tubes are vulnerable to this as well so be careful on long descents and don’t drag your brakes.

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Hello guys,
I have a question concerning the Vittoria Competition Latex inner tubes.
I have an aluminum wheel an rim brakes and want to ride them in the city with a road bike.
Does anyone have experience if it works or will the heat be to high and causing the tube to explode?
Thanks for your reply,
Matteo

I’ve used latex tubes in conjunction with alloy wheels for as long as i can remember. I’ve never experienced any problems with excessive heat, not even under hard breaking down steep roads in the surroundings of Riva del Garda, italy. I don’t see how latex tubes could be a problem in most (if any) cities, assuming you are judicious and considerate.

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Like @TomasIvarsson said, the heat buildup should only be an issue on long steep descents where you are dragging your brakes for 30s to minutes at a time. This most likely will never be an issue in a city. I ran latex tubes in the SW Virginia Appalachian mountains and never had any issues with them.

A couple of tips be careful not to get any grease or oil on the latex as it can cause the rubber to degrade. And do not over inflate them outside of a tyre as it can form a weak spot where the tube bulges out like a balloon.

Check out silca’s latex tubes, which might be vittoria actually. Optimized for tires measuring: 24-30MM. The valve extender actually works, unlike some that are always a pain to deal with, even with removable cores.

This is something I’ve heard ppl talk about but never talked to anyone who has had it happen or has witnessed it happening. Maybe somebody on this forum will be able to produce an eye witness report of a latex tube exploding! :smiley: I think it’s a myth…but I don’t live in the mountains.

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I’ve been riding Michelin latex tubes with Continental GP 5000 since early spring. Using Mavic Cosmic Carbon Exalith wheelset (aluminium brake track). No problems so far, been descending from a local 10k climb numerous times.
IMHO the ride is more comfortable and claimed ~2W efficiency over butyl tubes per tire is a bonus.

Are they really that delicate? Sheesh, scary. I’ve been on some descents where I’d hit 55+ if not dragging the brakes, and they’re a few minutes. That would be scary as hell with the added fear of popping a tube. I know, I know, move to disc, but damn. That doesn’t make me want latex before I eventually go tubeless.

Switched to latex after numerous tubeless fails
10,000kms
Continental 5000s
No flats
Rolls faster
Feels more supple (could be placebo)
Inflate before each ride, takes 2mins
A very affordable and actually measurable upgrade in performance.

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Wow, that is worth knowing - good shout!

CO2 does work in latex tubes, but they just deflate much faster vs air. So it’s possible to use CO2 as a roadside fix to get home, but I wouldn’t use it as an everyday tool for inflating your tyres.

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Problem with CO2 is just that latex tubes will lose pressure much faster than with air from your pump and in my experience can’t be relied on to get you home if inflated from a cartridge. Not a science guy, but I guess the CO2 molecules are smaller?

I have had a couple of latex tubes pop - and the loss of pressure is immediate vs a relatively slower deflation with a butyl tube. Neither of my flats was on a spicy descent but as much as I love the feeling of latex… I’ll only ever use them for racing on flat or rolling terrain… and never in my rim-brake carbon clinchers in the mountains.

I guess if you are riding disc brakes, have at it.

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I mean, I’ve never had it happen but that’s what I’ve heard once or twice anecdotally. Carbon rims create more heat and don’t dissipate it as easily as aluminum ones. So with hard continuous braking you may generate enough heat to pop one. But I never had it happen, even on some pretty steep 10+% descents.

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Keeping it in one place instead of new thread.

I’m about to make the leap to lovely latex tubes for the first time in 30 years of riding. Most tubes say 700c by 23c, how sensitive to size is latex? Will be going in Wolfpack road at 26mm or faithful conti gp5000 at 28mm.

Example of tubes on offer.