Cheers! wrote:Veloflex Corsa23 + Michelin Latex tubes. Closest thing you can get to tubulars without running tubulars.
Pleased to hear that. You really ought to try some Vredestein latex though.
Natural unpigmented latex, lighter and yet even better puncture resistant than Michelin or any other brand for that matter.
You won't find a pigmented latex inner tube inside a top end tubular and I suspect they know why too.
Perhaps I am not all that perceptive. I don't noticed some sort of revolutionary night and day ride between these and my Veloflex tires (at least not the way people describe on here). Then again, I haven't been running my latex tubes due to all the shit on the road, so could also be why.
Much depends on what kind of pressure you run your tyres.
If it's on the high side and the rider is not proportionally heavy then the differences tend to cancel out. All tyres tend to feel harsh when pumped up hard and left unloaded so to speak.
Of course a 25mm wide Continental tyre may seem more comfy at say 7 bar than a 23mm wide Veloflex at say 8.5 bar. The mere volume of air present in the wider tyre will dampen most of the shocks, the casing can deflect better due to its mere width.
Conversely, run the Contis at higher pressures and you're bound to notice the difference as the casing will no longer be able to absorb the road irregularities.
I'd very much doubt you'd notice or be able to measure any benefit of using a decent latex inner tube in a Conti tyre. Any Conti tyre.
You'll notice it straight away when used in a Veloflex or similarly flexible tyre though. Unless maybe you're running a richly padded saddle and shorts but still, it should be perceptible.
Being a snob is an expensive hobby.