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Challenge SL Latex Tube

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Challenge Brand Latex tubes are some of the finest tubes money can buy. At 57g average (23c tube), they are also some of the lightest. Latex tubes are more resistant to pinch flats and punctures, and roll faster and smoother than their butyl counterparts. Perfect for the racer and performance enthusiast. Also ideal for cyclocross usage when paired with a quality tire.

  • Highest Quality Latex Tube
  • Removable Valve Cores
  • 57g approx.
  • Lower Rolling Resistance for best ride quality
  • Offered in two sizes to match your tires
  • Please note that natural latex tubes will bleed around 10-20 PSI a day.
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    Challenge SL Latex Tube
     
    4.0

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Racing (3)
      • Road biking (3)
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        • Competitive cyclist (3)

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      2.0

      Not a Latex Fan

      By South East Racer

      from Irmo, SC

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Difficult To Install

      Best Uses

      • Racing
      • Road Biking
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Challenge SL Latex Tube:

      First off let me say that I am not a latex fan. I bought some Michelins at first to use on my race wheelset. I pinched the tube between the tire and the rim the first time during install and it blew up. Next try I got it to hold so I was running latex in front and std lightweight tube in the rear. The tire would hold air fine untill I started riding at which time a bulge would start to appear and if I didn't let the air out and attempt to reseat the tire a blowout would eventually occur. I ended up calling Veloflex and getting them to send me another tire because I thought that might be the problem since the bead was poppping out at the same place evertime. New tire arrived, and I bought the Challenge latex tubs to have another go at it. I installed the front and rear and after about 5 mi of riding I had a rear blowout. Pinched tube of coarse. Right now the front is working fine, but I will not be buying anymore latex tubes anytime soon. Especially not with these tires. To me the road feel isn't that much better than lightweight tubes, and It definitely isn't worth the trouble. The Challenge latex tubes are much better than the Michelins in my opinion. There seems to be alot of extra tube with the Michelins, which to me seems like would make them more prone to pinching during install. The Challenges have the perfect amount and with a little bit of air fit snuggly around the rim.

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      5.0

      Very light!

      By Ninja Jungle

      from Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Racing
      • Road Biking
      • Spare Tube

      Comments about Challenge SL Latex Tube:

      I bought it for using as a spare tube in my MTB trails.

      I ride tubeless, but it is always good to have a spare tube with you. It is not a MTB tube, but it will work in an emergency situation.

      And the best part: It is incredible light! It weights less than an half of weight of a ordinary tube.

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      5.0

      Worth the Price for the Nice ride...

      By Aaron

      from Riverside, CA

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Great Ride
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Fragile

      Best Uses

      • Cyclocross
      • Racing
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Challenge SL Latex Tube:

      Latex tubes have gotten a bad rep for being not worth it... That's so wrong!! I tried these out for the first time with some open tubulars and WOW... the difference in ride quality and cornering is almost frightening. SO much more supple, lightweight and comfortable. Going back to regular butyl tubes will be difficult after riding these. They're worth the hassle. I didn't flat a single time riding these tubes, but I ruined one while trying to mount it. The trickiness is in the installation.

      Do NOT ride these unless you are 100% sure you installed the tube properly and didn't pinch it between the tire and the rim. Your tires must have no cuts or holes in the casing and your rim tape job has to be perfect.

      Paired with some high-end tires these are probably the closest you'll come to that elusive tubular ride quality. Granted I have ridden tubulars and they feel completely different, but nice tires with these are closer than anything else.

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