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    Default Specialized vs Bontrager bike tubes?

    Any difference in quality? Been a Bontrager user for as long as I can recall. My Specialized tube failed near the nozzle 60 miles into a century. Disc bike so no issue with heat. Might be a fluke but thought I'd ask -Mike G
     

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    Default Re: Specialized vs Bontrager bike tubes?

    Likely both made by Kenda or IRC
     

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    to be honest. up to now i've bought simply on price and which brand comes in the smallest box
     

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    Default Re: Specialized vs Bontrager bike tubes?

    As much as I hate to admit it, I always get Specialized as they make a superior valve-cap.
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    Turbo Presta Valve Tube with Talc | Specialized.com

    These are the tubes I like the most. A bit expensive for butyl tubes, but there are great for 2 reason:

    1. they are pre-talced, which makes them so much easier to deal with when putting in a tube on the roadside

    2. they come in a little zip-lock bag. This bag is such a good size not only for the tubes themselves, but for plenty of other things one carries in a jersey pocket. The bag makes the tube super compact, easy to carry and easy to deal with when needed. Save the bag after using the tube, rinse the talc out, and you have a zip-lock that is absolutely perfect in size to carry loose items that you shove into a jersey pocket

    In terms of durability and performance, they have served me well. No issues that wouldn't have happened to any other tube
     

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    Michelin Airstop Ultralight are my favorites. Very consistent fabrication. Rarely if ever have bad seams, thin-waisted or pinholed joints, etc. You may need to size them a bit more accurately as the butyl is thinner. They only go up to 25mm, but I've used them in 27mm Vittoria Paves for quite a while with no problems.

    Schwalbe are also good and come in more sizes. I like them for 28-35mm (SV-16 or SV-17 I think.) Just make sure you are buying some place they sell quite a few so you aren't getting old ones. Compass is a good place to order from if you can't find them locally.

    A can of Rema tire talc will last a while.
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    I like the Michelin green latex. They roll well and seem to get fewer flats. Quality is excellent. I've never seen a defective one.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Michelin Airstop Ultralight are my favorites.
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    Schwalbe, the exralight ones.
     

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    Default Re: Specialized vs Bontrager bike tubes?

    I also like the Michelins, but always seem to have trouble finding them, and I wonder about the 18-23 rating when using in bigger tires (28-30mm), although I'm sure it's probably fine.

    As a result, I tend to get Continental Race Light tubes (18-25, 42mm valve). They pack down nice and small in the seat roll.

    For emergency LBS stops, I tend to pick up whatever the small Specialized one is ("turbo", maybe?). The deciding factor here is again the small box size, and the fact that I tend to ride by more Specialized dealers than Trek dealers.
     

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    By, "In tend to", you mean you buy tubes on a regular basis?
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    Default Re: Specialized vs Bontrager bike tubes?

    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    By, "In tend to", you mean you buy tubes on a regular basis?
    Ha. No, not regularly. But I do remember a couple multi-flat rides in which I stopped at a shop on the way home because not having another backup tube in the seat roll immediately felt too much like tempting fate.
     

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    The Michelins come in two sizes. 18/23 and 18/25. I don't think I would use the latter for anything wider than 28mm. Michelin makes an Airstop Cyclocross tube that is rated for 25/32 that I would use for larger tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    By, "In tend to", you mean you buy tubes on a regular basis?
    Must be nice if you donít. I go through tons of tubes. Out streets are made of glass shards.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Strongin View Post
    Must be nice if you donít. I go through tons of tubes. Out streets are made of glass shards.
    I am on tubulars or tubeless right now but I never had to suffer so many flats. To be honest I patched/repaired the tubes a couple of times begore retiring them. Still they usually outlasted the tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    I am on tubulars or tubeless right now but I never had to suffer so many flats. To be honest I patched/repaired the tubes a couple of times begore retiring them. Still they usually outlasted the tires.
    Tires donít last very long for me either.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    I am on tubulars or tubeless right now but I never had to suffer so many flats. To be honest I patched/repaired the tubes a couple of times begore retiring them. Still they usually outlasted the tires.
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    michelin, with the 52mm length
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    Swiss roads are vastly cleaner than US roads.
    Substitute almost any noun for "roads" and this sentence most likely still holds true...

    As for tubes...

    I've had good luck with Vittoria latex in Vittoria and Veloflex clinchers, and Schwalbe in plumper Compass clinchers...

    I do wish that Schwalbe had smooth (vs. threaded) valve stems...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdmtong View Post
    michelin, with the 52mm length
    ... and the smooth stem
     

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