Latex Inner Tubes
Why do almost all high end road and cyclocross tubular tires use latex tubes inside of them? There's a host of scientific reasons about latex offering lower rolling resistance and other such quantitative performance advantages. We care less about these reasons than we do about the very tangible ride quality improvements offered by latex inner tubes. Latex tubes are lighter than butyl tubes; generally about 30 to 40 grams lighter, on average, per tube. This isn't a lot of weight, objectively, but when you factor in the centrifugal forces at play on spinning wheels, this small weight difference adds up to better acceleration and a faster feeling wheel setup. Most importantly, latex tubes are also more flexible and supple than their butyl brethren. For high-pressure road applications, this suppleness means better road feel, enhanced cornering and a smoother ride. For cyclocross, the same advantages apply, but latex tubes also offer drastically increased pinch flat resistance when used at lower pressures.
Tubular tires are, and will remain, the gold-standard for cyclocross race equipment. But if you already own a set of really nice race clinchers, or you just don't want the hassle of tubular tire setup, we're recommend using Challenge clincher tires in conjunction with latex tubes. This pairing will provide you with 95% of the performance of Challenge tubulars, but with the convenience of clinchers. The improvements to traction and cornering plus the ability to run lower pressures with reduced risk of pinch flat more than offsets the price premium for these tubes.
$19.99 each -
- - 70 grams each
- - 700c 19/23 width
- - 50mm valve with removable core
- - Pre-talced for easy installation