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Vittoria Latex Road Tube

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    • Pink, 700x25/28
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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
    Valve Type
    presta, 51mm
    Removable Stem
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    75 g
    Recommended Use
    cycling

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    I don't like it being pink

      If you haven't ridden latex yet you haven't lived. Ride quality is noticeable better. This set of latex tubes made my riding experience much smoother. Valve(51mm) is a bit short since my wheels are zipp 303 (45mm).

      PINK ON THE INSIDE

        Ok so, I did much reading regarding the benefits of latex with added watts and better roll resistance. With all the Voodoo in this industry, I'm always a bit skeptical with product claims but, I'm happy to report that latex is the way to go. Ride quality is noticeably more supple and I had a slight increase in my avg speed on my first ride. I've used Conti GP 4000s for years and I paired these tubes with Vittoria Corsa G+ if for no other reason than I wanted to break out of the box and make a change.
        On the downside: I envisioned Vittoria tubes/tires, an age old Italian company, to be made by loving hands in a moderately sized factory next to a pastry shop somewhere in Milan but, to my disappointment is stamped on the bottom of the packaging, "Made In Thailand." My fantasy got its ass smacked. Oh well! Despite this quality control isn't sacrificed. Also, latex tubes come standard with a 51 mm stem. Why? Variable lengths would make life simpler. Are you listening, Vittoria?

        PINK ON THE INSIDE

        These are great bike tubes

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        My wife loves these bike tubes. They make her long rides very smooth and don't cause vibration like other tubes has caused.

        51mm Valve Stem

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The reviews below are very helpful, but here is some quick information.
        - 51mm Valve Stems
        - Latex loses air significantly faster than rubber tubes, it is normal to lose 40 psi over night, but would not be an issue on a ride, even a long day in the saddle
        - Latex will add suppleness to the tires you are running compared to rubber, giving you a smoother ride
        - Latex tubes are more resistant to pinch flatting
        - Latex are lighter weight

        Best Bang for Your Buck

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        If i must run tubes, latex is the way to go. Paired with a high-quality open tubular tire and a modern wide rim, I see no reason to run tubulars. The ride is super smooth and the decreased rolling resistance is appreciable. Take your time on the install so you don't pinch it and you will be good to go. To those who complain about air loss, you should be checking your tire pressure every ride anyway.

        Easy upgrade for better ride quality

          I dig these latex tubes and they have easily become by go-go tube. They offer an extremely smooth riding experience when paired with my Vittoria Corsa G tires. Low rolling resistance and better ride quality makes these an easy and quick way to upgrade the quality of your ride. As mentioned in previous reviews, the tubes do lose air more quickly than a traditional tube. That being said, you will need to pump your tires up before each ride (which you should do anyway). But I've found that if I ride on day and then go to ride the next morning, the PSI usually drops from 100 to about 60 overnight. This isn't a huge issue and it is normal for this material, so don't freak out and think you have a slow leak! Otherwise definitely recommend these tubes.

          Light and Sweet

            PROS: These tubes are very light at ~75g (decreasing rotational mass), and are supposed to provide better dynamic "feel" while riding, in addition to slightly lower rolling resistance according to a few studies.

            Anyway, I've had zero problems. They look cool in pink. And, more importantly, in my exp no increased flats vs butyl tubes. And the ride does feel more supple and smooth with high-quality tires.

            CONS: 1. You have to add air every ride. No big deal.

            2. Patching a latex tire is apparently a no-no. But I've done it with no apparent issues. Anyone else?

            3. Latex tubes seem to stick to the tire inside more, 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 Conti GranPrix II tires (size 25) for fast riding/training (Conti 4-Season in the Winter), and with the new Vittoria Corsa G+ tires for race/timed applications on good roads. Love it!

            The Best Ride Upgrade for the Money.

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            One might think that latex is all about weight or better puncture resistance - which of course, it partially is - but the really amazing thing is how much more comfortable the ride is. The difference between ordinary tubes and latex is amazing. I've got these running with my Continental 4000 Grand Prix tires. The first time I switched to latex it felt like I was on riding on a brand new asphalt road. I was amazed at how much more comfortable the ride was and how much vibration is softened compared to ordinary rubber tubes.

            Latex forever!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I've been running Vittoria tires for years with butyl inner tubes and I would never use another tire. I like them that much. When CC had a special on the new Corsa G+ clinchers and threw in free vittoria latex tubes I said what the heck and ordered two. Holy smokes! What a difference! The supple ride of the 320TPI Vittoria comes alive. Fast rolling and better smooth. It’s a real improvement in ride for so little cost. I'm never going back to butyl.

            Thank you CC for turning me on to a surprising new upgrade.

            I run Vittoria Corsa G+ (23mm) on Zipp 30 clinchers and Enve SES 3.4 Disc (25mm)

            Latex forever!

            Old habits die hard...

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I grew up on sew ups so when I got back to riding after the kids were out of the house latex tubes and open style clinchers captured my interest. These are a bit more fiddly than butyl, but my sense is they are pretty durable. The first set i had lasted a bit over 5,000 miles with two flats. What finally killed them was a leak at the base of the valve stem.

            We will see how long the second pair goes......

            Holds Air ... sort of.

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            Pros: Lightweight, decreased rolling resistance, comfort.
            Cons: Holds air slightly better than a sieve.

            You know those Vittoria, Challenge, or Veloflex tubulars that you have to pump up before every single ride? That's because they have latex instead of butyl tubes.

            Now personally, I think you should be checking your tire pressure before every single ride anyway, so if you're in that habit, then there's nothing new about doing so with clinchers and these tubes ... but if you expect to be able to just grab the bike and go, it's not going to happen if you use these ... they are guaranteed to lose 40-60psi overnight.

            That said, this is what I ride pretty much exclusively on those occasions when I do ride clinchers ... the momentary inconvenience before the ride is well worth the increased ride quality.

            LOVE latex

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            If you haven't ridden latex yet you haven't lived. While they dont hold air over night like butyl tubes thats about the only thing you could complain about. The ride is otherworldly and I wont be going back to standard tubes again!

            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 primary issues is that by the valve seams in time it will separate, I mean unglued especially when pumped up to 120+ psi,
            I do pair it with the top line Vittoria 25mm, & to me its a tubular ride, as I did had that issue & CC did respect my comments & credit me back & I got em again. PS here's the cat in the bag put tube in plastic bag & powder it then shake it up, after installed just wipe off excess powder residue, & roll tire properly to avoid a pinch flat

            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.

            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.

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            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?