The Michelin Aircomp Latex Road Inner Tube features natural elasticity to reduce rolling resistance. Weighing just 70g, it's one of the lightest inner tubes available on the market. - A.D.
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If you buy ' GOOD ' clinchers & want a smooth, fast ride look no further. Yes they're a bit more expensive than butyl tubes, yes you need to be careful when fitting ( cover the tube in talc is a smart move ), & yes you'll need to pump them up before every ride. But if you can put up with that faff, & find the rite tyre pressure for yourself, you'll have a much smoother enjoyable ride.
Really good value product, noticeably improves rolling resistance. No issues with punctures (so far), you do have to check the tyre pressures each day as they do seem to lose pressure slowly. Added bonus with them being green/blue it is easier to ensure you don't nip them when changing tubes! recommend this product.
Been using these for years, they give a more comfortable ride, and no more likely to puncture than butyl tubes. If you do puncture and temporarily replace with a butyl tube you can instantly feel the difference in ride quality. Yes, they need to be pumped up more often, but still well worth it. They are supposed to be faster as well- I need every help I can get so stick with these ! At the time of purchase probikekit had the best price and excellent fast delivery, so top marks to probikekit as well.
These tubes don't seem to be as elastic as their black-butyl counterparts. Initially when uninflated they are larger so extra care has to be taken when installing them. I've managed to puncture the first one because I apparently somehow managed to squeeze it between tyre and rim even though I was extremely cautious. The best way to install it is to slightly inflate it and then go around the rim on both sides using your hands to displace tyre so you can see between rim and tyre that there is no tube in between. If everything's fine, inflate afterwards. Apart from that installation and regular inflation annoyance they feel softer at same pressure as butyl tubes. And they also seem to offer more comfortable ride on uneven surface. But this is all very subjective.
Latex really does feel good. You will notice the difference but just take care putting it on as it can easily get trapped "unnoticeably" between rim and tyre bead.... bang!
These ride nicely, softer feel than butyl, lighter, more comfortable and probably roll better- save you a couple of watts. They may be less puncture prone- I've done about 1000 miles with no punctures but I tend not to get many anyway. They look very well made and the valves look smarter on your wheels. On the minus side they lose about 10psi in 24 hours and are more difficult to fit being very floppy, also more expensive.
Purchased these inner tubes for the Etape Du Tour for the light weight going UP hill and they were great until you have to come down the other side. Two high speed blow outs because of over heating rims due to heavy braking , in short they just can't handle that kind of ride but would be fine for any other event that doesn't require lots of braking.
I bought the product having read the reviews and I must say I am disappointed. The ride does not feel smoother than my previous bontrager tube I had in wheels and they were half the price from action bikes.
FACT! latex tubes improve ride quality compared to butyl tubes. For a few pounds more you can trade up to a better ride - well worth the spend. Yes it's true they may be slightly trickier to fit than a heavier butyl tube - be careful not to pinch puncture them on installation. Yes - they do deflate with time, but so what - surely you let pressure out of your best wheels after a ride, then pump them up before next going out with your track pump? Show your riding mates you know what you're doing - buy a pair and give them a try - you won't be sorry
These seem good, but I did have a flat after 19 miles of use, probably just a coincidence. I'll stick with them.
Nice and light, and not threaded so easier to be Rule #60 compliant. These have helped the overall weight of my wheels to reduce and are a great price at PBK!
I live in CO where we have goathead thorns. The first ride out I flatted both tires using racing butyl tubes. I switched to these Michelin latex tubes and did not have any other flats the whole year after about 1,000 miles. Some complain about the loss of air overnight but I let some air out after each ride to reduce the pressure on the tire and pump back up before each ride. I use Conti 4000s tires. I do group fun rides, group training rides, racing (TT, crit, & road), and go indoors on rollers and a trainer. So far these are great!
I wasn't expecting much, but after riding several miles, the increase in comfort was very apparent. It made my Caad10 (aluminum) road bike very comfortable on long rides. Any more plush, and I would be falling asleep :-)
I bought only one tube to test on my front wheel to see if it really made any sort of difference in comfort. After riding just a few blocks, I noticed something, and after 40 miles, the difference in comfort was significant.
I purchased this product and now have it on my bike. The ride does feel much more smoother. I've only taken this to a 60 mile ride and so far have not flatted. It does however lose air about 10 to 15 psi overnight. Overall I now prefer this over butyl.
Outstanding ride quality when paired with a supple tire like a Michelin Pro. I've also had zero flats since switching out to latex tubes, where usually I get two or three flats per year. Worth every penny.
I found these latex inner tubes easy to install and pump up, compared to the standard inner tubes.The ride is very comfortable smooth and fast. The only down side is the loss of air over night. I would recommend these inner tubes.
I use these with my Michelin Pro3s. I can definitely tell a difference between these and buytl tubes (non-ultra light ones), but I can barely tell a difference from Vittoria's tubulars. They do make the ride more comfortable, and I would buy them again if I was racing on clinchers.
-easy to patch (save your used latex tubes and use them as patches!)
-can be pricey
Price is not the Aircomp Latex tube's strong point. However, the tubes are noticeably more plush than butyl and seemingly faster. Compared to other latex tubes the Michelins seem to have better consistency. Some other brand's latex tubes have thin spots that lead to faster than normal deflation.
Latex tubes are a lot more expensive, they are easily patchable, and they deflate much faster than butyl. However, they are a joy to ride; they really are noticeably more plush.
Whether or not the extra hassle and expense is worth the plush, fast ride of the Aircomp Latex tubes is up to you. But, if you do decide to go with latex tubes, the Aircomps are superior and they will not disappoint.
With careful installation and proper tire pressure maintenance, these tubes last forever. 2000km and still going strong. Durable, light weight, extremely comfortable, and lower rolling resistance. An especially nice ride when paired with high end tires from Veloflex, Vittoria, and Continental.