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Vittoria Latex Road Tube

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Item # VIT0065

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Description

Description

Tests have shown that latex tubes, like these Vittoria Latex Presta Tubes, can minimize rolling resistance by a few watts. Paltry effect you might say. But add in the weight savings of these 75g latex wondertubes, and you'll have a serious performance advantage—lower rolling resistance and less mass on the outer diameter of the wheel—meaning quicker accelerations and easier maintenance of speed. And when the difference between the top ten riders is a few percent and the difference between winning and losing is a few seconds or the length of a bike, you'll want all the advantage you can get.

An added benefit over standard butyl rubber tubes is a greater elasticity that enables them to be more puncture resistant. The only downside is that latex tubes are more porous than their black butyl counterparts. You'll need to air them up before every ride and if they sit a week or more, they'll appear totally flat. But all serious racers check their pressures before each ride anyway, right? The tubes also feature removable valve cores for all you deep rim aficionados.

Despite the removable valve cores, we strongly recommend against using latex tubes with carbon clincher wheels—a sentiment shared by most major wheel, tube, and tire manufacturers. Since the carbon braking surface heats up more than alloy, it can cause latex tubes to burst and fail. If you're running carbon clinchers, go with butyl tubes.

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

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
Recommended Use:
cycling

Weight

Weight

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Grams

Oz

Pink, 700x25/28
79g
2.79oz

Claimed Weight

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75 g

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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.

      Are the stems removable? I have red Vittoria 110mm stems that screws on the base of innertubes. Any suggestions for other tubes that have screw base?

      Yes. You can remove the cores and install longer adapters.

      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

      Note: latex is a rubber byproduct; butyl is synthetic.

      Avg. ride time: 9h 46m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      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.

          Avg. ride time: 3h 25m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          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!
          Avg. ride time: 8h 1m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          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.

          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.

          The ones I have are 51mm, so you'll need an extender.

          Avg. ride time: 6h 15m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          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.

          durable

            I looked into these tubes for a bit before purchasing them but they have surprised me for sure. I read some reviews that said that these lose air easily but I have not noticed this at all.

            Avg. ride time: 6h 27m per week
            • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

            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.