Both times the latex tubes literally exploded and ripped a 3 inch gash in the tube.
Not a chance.
Seriously guys, this is sounding like Bikeforums. Think about it a second. If the tube is properly installed there is hardly any stress on it at all, regardless of how high you inflate it.
Latex is less forgiving of small holes and sharp edges in the rim bed, and poor installation technique. It is much easier to get a latex tube stuck under the tire bead. *That* is why you are having better success with butyl.
Or maybe the rims are defective.
Not a chance?
Previous to using carbon clinchers I was for many years using wheels with alloy brake tracks/latex tube combos and never had a problem. My local Decathlon store has always done good deals on Michelin Latex tubes, so they were my tubes of choice. I have always been aware of potential installation problems, particularly regarding seating the tube under the tyre bead. I had just spent 3 months over the winter building this particular bike up, scrutinising every single detail/component, so when it came to installing these pair of latex tubes on this pair of brand new carbon clinchers I again painstakingly checked and double checked the tubes were seated properly. These last thing I ever wanted was to spend the whole of winter building a £7k bike up, only to crash it and find it was due to poor installation of an inner tube.
As I said in my previous post the front tube exploded around 5 minutes after installation. The rear exploded during a crit. Prior to the the race I had put about 200 miles on the tyre/tube/wheel combo including a 6 mile warm up on the day. If the tube had been installed incorrectly it would have exploded prior to this race. On inspection of the latex tube it had a three inch gash where it had exploded and ripped the tube open. It also destroyed the tyre.
Since this I have put it in 150+ miles a week on the same rim/tyre combo and they have not skipped a beat. The only change being butyl tubes (Michelin Ultralights).
BTW In case you think I'm trying to stir up some kind of panic (your reference to Bike Forums). This is not the case. I think the Far Sports 2014 38mm CC's are fantastic. I also think Latex tubes are fantastic. They seem to roll better and almost add a 'shock absorber' effect to your ride. The point I'm trying to make is it is of my opinion that the combination of the two do not seem to work (for me) and when I noticed another poster had the same issues I felt compelled to register and post as I wouldn't want to see anyone else experience what I did.