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SchwalbeAerothan TPU Road Tube

$31.45

Item # SCHG01O

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Item # SCHG01O
Description

Aerothan TPU Road Tube

Tech Specs
MaterialAerothan
Size700 x 23 - 28c, 700 x 28 - 35c, 700 x 35 - 50c
Valve Type40mm Presta
Recommended Useroad cycling
Manufacturer Warrantylimited
Weight

Actual Weight

One Color, 37mm-50mm/40mm
67g
2.36oz

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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>Rating: 2

Mixed feeling.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
23-28C
Height
5` 10"
Weight
190 lbs

I got exactly 1188 miles on the tube mounted in the front wheel. Today the tube went flat after a fast 51mph steep descent where I had to come to a very quick stop because the road ends. I typically air up the pressure to 85psi in my 25mm R3 tires before every ride. Today I didn't do that and I can only guess how much pressure was in it since it's common for the tire to lose about 10 to 15 psi per day. I hit the disc brakes hard and I felt a bump that felt like a pinch and I rolled about another 40 yards before the tire was completely flat. There was nothing on the road that I could see so it could only be from low pressure and all the weight forward from braking that may have resulted in a pinch flat. I looked at the tube and you can clearly see two little snake bite marks. Schwalbe claims you can patch these but I have read that patches won't stick. If that is true then these tubes would not be worth the asking price. Depending on the hole I can patch a common tube several times and get a lot more miles. I still have 2 more Aerothan tubes so I will continue on and see if the next tube will last until it's time for a new tire. I would like to see a tube last as long as a tire before replacing it. If I could patch it then I could replace it when I install a new tire. This doesn't seem like it's going to be the case. No way to predict what kind of mileage you are going to get from the Aerothan tubes but I'm already at $60 in the same tire when normally I would have only spent $10 to $12 dollars.

>Rating: 5

They work

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

I have had great success using the Tubolito tubes, which ride nicely, are very light, are almost freakish in their ability to hold air and never get punctured. Just for kicks I tried these *very* similar tubes on a second, 'back up' bike for commuting and they work exactly the same, but the stem is black and not orange like the Tubolitos. No complaints.

>Rating: 2

Pass until they work out the flaws.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

All I can say is that the legend of precision German engineering is seriously brought into question from quality control and design failures of these tubes. Never in my 10 years of "serious" cycling have I had a tube fail at the stem. In this case it happened twice, with the threading on the valve being too weak to even stay in the stem when inflated to 85psi. I really wanted to like these tubes. I've used Schwalbe's other products for years and have been pleased with the construction and durability. In fairness I did enjoy the ride quality while they lasted (only about 400 miles). But at $35 a pop how many failures every 400 miles would equal a new set of tubeless wheels? One pair is a decent jersey...or half of a decent pair of bibs (you can decide which half).

Thanks...I appreciate the review. I was considering getting these, but will wait a while.

>Rating:

The tech spec lists three different sizes, what size is this tube? Thanks!

Hey Aliyah, I sent you an email. What we currently have in stock is 37mm-50mm/40mm.