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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

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

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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: 57m per week
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Latex forever!

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

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. I'm never going back to butyl. Thank you CC for tuning me on to a surprising new upgrade.

I run Vittoria Corsa G+ (23mm) on Zipp 30 clinchers.

Latex forever!
Avg. ride time: 7h 28m per week
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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.

Latex Is The Best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have you been entranced by the high TPI count of open tubular (clincher) tires, or considered tubular systems because of their ride quality? Try these first. Latex smooths out the ride considerably and cuts grams, all for a very low cost. These come with powder already on them to lessen rolling resistance even further.

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: 7h 41m per week
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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.


    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: 5h 7m per week
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    Great tubes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    -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.

    -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

    Avg. ride time: 8h 18m per week
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    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.

    Just curious. What were the tires you were using them with? Also, what wheel/bike?

    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.