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Vittoria Latex Road Tube

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    • Pink, 700x25/28
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    4.5523

    23 Reviews

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    You probably don’t think about the tubes you put inside your tires, but with Vittoria’s Latex Road Tubes, you’ll have a slight advantage when it comes to speed. In testing, latex tubes are smooth enough to reduce rolling resistance by a few watts. And while a few watts may not seem like much, when you consider that switching to latex saves nearly 75g, the seemingly innocuous tube starts to make a dent in your results. The lighter tubes mean quicker accelerations and the lower rolling resistance means you'll stay at speed for longer. In addition to being faster, latex tubes are also more elastic to increase puncture resistance.

    Please note that most major wheel, tire, and tube manufacturers recommend against using latex tubes with carbon clinchers. Carbon brake surfaces tend to heat-up more than alloy, which can cause latex tubes to burst. Always use butyl tubes with carbon clincher rims.

    • A cycling inner tube for race-day or everyday
    • Latex tubes are lighter and suppler than butyl
    • Removable valve cores for extenders and sealant
    • Item #VIT0065

    Tech Specs

    Size
    700c x 19-23 mm, 700c x 19-24 mm, 700c x 25-28 mm
    Removable Stem
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    75 g
    Recommended Use
    cycling

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Are you too manly for pink?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Why aren't you using latex in between your bike's wheels and tires? Is it the glorious La Gazzetta dello Sport pink hue? Are you scared of losing a few PSI between rides? Do you think your roads are more gnar gnar than the rest of the riders who have used these tubes?

    Put your fears to rest and buy two of these puppies, toss them in a sandwich baggie with some baby powder for a minute, install forthwith. You'll be glad you did. Like prepping your facial area with pre-scrub and pre-shave oil, your ride will now be supple and strong.

    Maybe I'm going against conventional cycling wisdom here. Maybe my relative newness to the sport (3 years) makes me less able to appreciate thick butyl tubes with 21mm gatorskins inflated to 145PSI. Here's what I'll say, with a wide (28mm), high TPI tire run an a sane pressure (80-90PSI) with these pink gems holding the air has been a revelation for my riding. I routinely ride past bubbas with "tougher" setups than my own as they replace or patch a tube. I routinely ride the rumble strips for heck of it. I routinely wonder why our sport has so much conventional wisdom that has no basis in reality. A long summer of riding in the crusty prickly conditions of SW Oklahoma has yielded zero flats, hella fast rolling resistance, and suppleness to rival some high-class tubs I've ridden. I'm no rouleur, but this setup has made me a much better cyclist. I think it'll do the same for you if you just give it a chance.

    Fast fast fast

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you are looking for fast latex tubes these are a solid go to. I use these strictly for my TT bike with a super supple tire for lowest rolling resistance. These are not a daily driver by any means, but if going fast, and kicking ass is your goal, these are the tube for you.

    High Performance Upgrade

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Using a latex tube with a high performance clincher tire, such as a Vittoria cotton cased tire, is as close to a tubular performance as you can get. The flexibility and ability to not influence tires suppleness is the key to the performance over butyl tubes and that same flexibility will help in puncture resistance. One note: due to porous nature of latex, daily inflation is needed before riding.

    Great tubes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Pros:
    -Removable valve core! If you have deep wheels, this is essential. Michelin latex tubes don't have the removable core.
    -Rides like butter. Seriously, butyl feels rougher.
    -Lowers the rolling resistance of your wheels by 3-6 watts, saving you at least four weeks of hard interval training to get the same speed.
    -Corners better, or at least more confidently, than butyl.
    -More resilient to small pokes that get through the tire's puncture protection. Even if there is a puncture, it's usually very slow and won't produce a catastrophic deflation (you know, the "pop-hisssss" or, worse, "BANG!") unless the tire itself somehow gets wrecked. Situations where my tire's been compromised have been pretty much the only way I've gotten flats on the road with these tubes.
    -Easier to tell if the tire's been compromised because the pink is really visible, unlike the black of your standard butyl tube.

    Cons:
    -Latex is delicate and it's easy to get a bit caught between the tire and rim when installing, which will cause a tear when you inflate. You have to check to make sure the tube is safe with each installation.
    -If the tire gets a deep nick, the tube will gradually poke out and the road will tear it up. Usually some electrical tape inside the tire will do the job unless it's a really bad nick, but it's something you need to keep an eye out for. It's easy though because eyeballing the tire if you see any nicks where you can also see the pink of the tube you need to take some remedial action.
    -Latex will also stick to the tire when you're trying to dismount the tire unless you added talc beforehand. This, again, can make it easy to damage the latex. Adding talc makes mounting easier anyway so it's worth doing for that alone.
    -I've had zero luck with glueless patches. The best way to repair is with glued patches. On the plus side, you can tear up old tubes and use them as patches rather than having to buy more.
    -You do have to inflate every ride. But I do this anyway and it's...what...20 seconds to do. Big freaking inconvenience.
    -You shouldn't use CO2 to reinflate.

    Note that all of the cons are general to latex tubes and not these Vittorias specifically. I use these all the time and love them.

    held up better than expected

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I kept reading how this type of tube looses air but I rarely have had to add any, no different than any other tubes I've run. As of yet I have really to feel any difference between these or the q tubes I've been using.

    Only option if you want to go fast!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you are running a high quality clincher tire you need to be using latex tubes, period. The rolling resistance numbers are often better than comparable tubular tires. There is real free speed on the table when switching to latex tubes. The vittoria's are well made and high quality. If you were going to get a flat on a standard tube it will probably flat the latex the same. Also you are not going to feel a difference, there is no real way to perceive a difference from a standard tube, but just because you can't feel a difference does not mean you are not getting an slight advantage.



    Pro Tip: Don't let these sit in a hot car and be very careful not to pinch the tubes when installing.

    Yep, they don't like the hot car, but more importantly is that they are UV sensitive. I had a flatted tube that I left out in my workshop (which has a couple of windows) for a month whilst I got around to patching it. When I went to patch it, I discovered that it had micro-cracks all over -- it had dry-rotted indoors. Another factor besides UV might be that my shop space is shared w/ the gas-fired water-heater, which produces ozone, which degrades natural rubber too. Whatever the cause, I either install the tubes immediately or put the in the fridge.

    I disagree about the ride feel. Latex is far, far more supple than butyl. I really notice it on the rough and eroded asphalt paved roads, pavement seams, and on turn-in.

    A great secret to total latex satisfaction is to pair them with high quality tires, which by definition start at 220-tpi. No, Conti 4000S or 4000GP's are not 220-tpi, they are 120-tpi and ride like wood. Mount 220-tpi, or higher if you have money to burn, and you will feel a difference. FYI, tubulars are in the neighborhood of 320-tpi, which is one reason they are so costly.

    Sticking with these tubes.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have put a good amount of miles on these tubes and have noticed a difference immediately. My bike has always been pretty harsh over bumps and cracks but this smooths it out. I raved about them and my friend put some on his bike and he says he doesn't notice too much of a difference. I didn't buy them to save weight but they are really light, kinda like a balloon. I'm 250lbs on a Cervelo S5/ Conti 4000GP

    They're Fine

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I have no reason to doubt the reviews that state these tubes are more difficult to puncture or those that state latex tubes offer less rolling resistance. However, for those who are expecting a dramatic change when they install these, all I can provide are my initial impressions. And to sum them up, if I had not installed them myself I would not have known the tires had been switched from butyl to latex. I hope that the tubes are less prone to puncture (not that I've ever punctured a butyl tube, but my day is coming I imagine), and if they do offer less rolling resistance that's nice too. But if you're buying them because they'll "feel" different, you might be disappointed.

    Great for Cyclocross racing

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I use these for racing cross because they are a little more forgiving than other tubes and they add an element of suspension to your ride. They have a removable core which I squirt 2 oz of Stans in during the fall when we get thorns. Usually I have to redo my Stans treatment in my tubeless mountain bike set up once a month because it dries up. In these tubes the Stans stayed viscous for over four months. Like all latex tubes you have to pump them up before every ride.

    Next best thing to Tubulars

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These have been great. I have used the 23mm latex tubes and the 25 mm fitted with high quality 25mm tires offers a great ride quality and improves the bike for a fraction of other ways to acheive ride quality

    Werd !

      These work very well! Totally awesome, last a long time, and repairable with regular vulcanizing patch/repair kits if need be ;)

      Valve cores are removable, which make it nice to be able to use with deeper carbon rims. I like the fact that there is a 25mm version - as running 25mm tires pairs up well like pancakes and eggs :) Weight weenies say 76gms for the 23mm and 87gms respectively for the tubes. Compared to a Specialized Turbo Ultra Lite Tube in same valve length (cores not removable) and width - these are exactly the same weight +/- a gram or two - and unfortunately they retail for $17! So that said - get these, waaaaay better :)

      Werd !

      You have to try a set!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      PROS: Softer ride, better contact with the pavement, decreased rolling resistance. This product makes the hassle of tubulars unnecessary. You need to have a set if only for race day.



      CONS: You need to pump them up on rides >24 hours apart. They definitely do lose air faster than butyl tubes.



      Four stars only because there is one drawback, as mentioned.

      Latex tubes are....

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      ... pretty cool.

      PROS: These tubes are very light (decreasing rotational mass), and are supposed to provide better dynamic 'feel' while riding, and slightly lower rolling resistance according to a few studies. Anyway, I've had zero problems. No increased flats vs butyl tubes. And the ride does feel more supple and smooth (with high-quality high-tpi tires).

      CONS: 1. Patching a latex tire seems to be a no-no. But I have done it with no apparent issues.

      2. Latex tubes seems to stick to the tire (inside), even with talcum powder. This makes them hard to use again after a flat. They stick and deform after pulling them out. Anyone else?

      I pair these latex tubes with Vittoria Rubino Pro G tires (size 25 or 28 depending) for fast riding/training; sometimes Continental 4-Season in the Winter; and with Vittoria Corsa G tires (size 25) for race/timed applications on good roads. Great combinations!

      Quality and Durability

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These are awesome replacement tubes if you have a flat. They haven't given me any trouble and are holding up great, as I have used them many times. Keep in mind, you need to order two if you need two replacement tubes.

      Latex, and only latex...you know why?

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      If one has a multi-thousand dollar bike, that rolls on high dollar wheels, shod with tires that cost more than those on your car, why would one run a cheap-ass butyl tubes? Seriously. I never understood it. Still don't...

      If you run crap tires, again...why?, then a butyl tube is largely peeing into the breeze. If you are running a high TPI, performance oriented tire (Vitt OC, Conti 4000S, Veloflex, Challenge, etc.), then there's little reason NOT to run latex.

      They improve ride quality, and lower rolling resistance. Don't shake your head, it's been proven...

      As for the cost, swing by your LBS, and check out how much a lightweight, long valve butyl tube is going for. Yeah...$12-15. At that point, just spend the extra couple of bucks, and get Latex. Just buy a smaller cup of coffee for a few days to make up the difference!

      I run these things in my Vitt OC CX, and OC SC tires. Like butter on a bald monkey....smoooooth.

      And (knocks on wood), I seem to get less punctures, as the supple tire, mated with a supple tube, inflated to the correct pressure, just seems to roll OVER road debris, instead of picking it up. Yes, this has been proven too...

      Sure, have a crappy butyl tube in your saddle bag, but only to get you home.



      I've run the 25mm tubes in my 23mm tires, due to that being all that I could obtain, and while they fit inside, I prefer not to use that combo because the latex is so supple and flexible that the tube really is too big for the space. That means there's extra tube that gets folded and wrinkled into place inside, and that just invites tire-mounting pinch flats. These tubes are tough when stretched, so use the right sized tube for your tire. This is what children's balloons are made of -- very, very stretchy.

      Pricey, but great ride quality

        Pair these with a nice tire like Michelin Pro Race, Conti Grand Prix 4000S, or Vittoria Evo Corsa, and you'll get the closest ride quality to a tubular possible. The valve cores are removable, so I'm using Tufo valve extenders to run on deep section wheels. Unlike butyl tubes, these do not stretch so make sure you get the right size for your tires.

        Like it!

          First time riding latex and i like it. Wouldn't say I feel too much of a difference as others have hyped about; but i like the fact that i have yet to pinch flat all summer! I re-inflate my tires every ride so pumping them up didn't bother me

          Yes these do make a big difference!

            After spending 6 months off the bike recovering from a herniated disc in my lower back, a friend recommended that I try latex tubes to soften up the ride. I thought he was crazy because there's no way a tube can make a difference in the ride quality, right? I was surely wrong because I could tell on my maiden voyage with the latex tubes the significant improvement! For one, the latex tubes feel as if they do a better job absorbing road vibrations. Secondly, and this could be my imagination, but there seemed to be a decrease in rolling resistance as well. Yes, it's true that you have to fill these up with air before every ride, which probably negates the benefit to my back, but overall this an inexpensive and great upgrade for your bike. I also rode with the same pair of tubes from August to December and did not get one flat (~1,500 miles). Bottom line is these are highly recommended and should be standard on everyone's bikes!

            WHat is the length of the valve stem. I need 60mm for use on Zipp303 wheels.

            I believe the valve stem is 51mm. I have Reynolds Aero 46 wheels and the tips of the tubes stick out just enough for me to screw on my pump before each ride and fill them up. Not ideal, but it works. I generally would get 60mm or even 80mm in the old tubes I used.

            I'm getting the vittoria open pave evo...

            I'm getting the vittoria open pave evo clincher tires soon and they are a 700x24...

            The latex tubes are available in either a 700x23 or 700-25 (yes, I know both offer a range, I am mentioning the max on one, and the min on the other).

            I'm inclined to get the 23 so it stretches up to the 24, as opposed to having the larger tube with more weight.

            Thoughts?

            Don't bother. This looks like it is a little late but I've ran the Pave for a long time now and normal tubes are just fine. Vittoria tires are the best. No need to waist your money on a tube that may last you a week.

            Best Answer

            Huh...a week? Don't know where you got that info. I actually get FEWER flats with latex, as when paired with a high tpi tire, the combination is MORE supple, and tends to run over road debris, rather than having the debris get forced thru the tire, into the tube.

            I actually DID have a flat a couple of weeks ago, and the latex tube leaked about half of it's air, then stopped. I rode 5 miles to the store stop on 50-60psi without issue. Never had a butyl tube do that. (Veloflex tire. It had a cut THRU the tread and casing)

            And honestly, if one invests $5000 on a bike, and rides $1000+ wheels, and $75 tires, why would one use a $4 butyl tube?

            how long are the stems? and are the valve...

            how long are the stems? and are the valve cores removable?