Which inner tubes are best in terms of weight v durability?

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wilwil
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by wilwil

Just about to order some more Conti inner tubes when I noticed they weigh over 130 grams. I was wondering if, apart from being more expensive, lighter inner tubes punture much more easily? I was thinking of trying Bontrager Race X Lite which weigh 65 grams. It amuses me that the packaging lookings like a pharmacutical product. Once something has penetrated the tyre does it matter how thick the inner tube is?

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I usually use light butyl tubes that are about 85g. I have experienced no ill effects. Then again, if I didnt put in the tubes myself, I wouldn't know what was in there :-) You wont notice, except they pack smaller in the seat bag.
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by AJS914

Standard Michelin Airstop tubes work really well for me. 93+ grams:

https://bike.michelin.com/en/products/m ... rstop-road

I tried 60 gram tubes and got too many flats. I'd rather use latex tubes over super light butyl tubes.

The other thing I like about Michelin is the valve stems without threads. They are much friendlier to my Silca pump gasket.

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by Attermann

No problems with continental supersonics, no more flats than normal.

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I’ve found the Supersonics to be a hit and miss on quality. Some tubes last a long time. Others will flat with no apparent reason. I’ve since switched to Maxxis ultralight 66g tubes. I wonder is they are exactly the same tubes as the Bontrager 65g tubes.


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I really haven’t had a single problem, none whatsoever

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How long have you used them for? My experience is about four years and 20 tubes.


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by nemeseri

My favorite so far is Continental Race 28 Light. Around 70g and not as fragile as the supersonics. With that said, I'm just about to test the supersonics a little bit to see how well they work for me.

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I seem to recall the Conti Race Lights I’ve used are around 77-78g.

I like light tubes for their reduction in RR. The weight saving is a nice bonus and not the primary motive. I won’t use latex on clinchers.


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by Pokerface07

Just ordered some Tubolito S-Tubo at around 25g each. Got good reviews (possibly that was for the heavier 38g ones...

Will see how they hold up.
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Some people have reported a bad design on the valve stem (plastic?) which causes leaks.


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pdlpsher1 wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:10 pm
How long have you used them for? My experience is about four years and 20 tubes.


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About the same

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pdlpsher1 wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:32 pm
Some people have reported a bad design on the valve stem (plastic?) which causes leaks.


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Where it joins the tube or where the valve core inserts?

Good to look out for and some additional PFTE tape might help?
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