Michelin Aircomp Latex Tubes Tube

3.36/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $20.00


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Product Description

A new generation of latex tube technology starts here
  • Completely new design from the ground up. Tested & proven in laboratory tests.
  • Light weight & with low rolling resistance.
  • Resistant to pinch flats and punctures.
  • Three sizes available : 700x18/20c with Presta or standard valve, 700x22/23c with Presta or standard valve and 26"x1.6"/2.2" with Presta valve.


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    Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by froze a Racer from Fort Wayne, IN, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2010

    Strengths:    In order; comfort, weight, handling, and rolling resistance.

    Weaknesses:    Easy to tear when installing; loses about 25psi in 24 hours; more expensive then most butyl tubes.

    Bottom Line:   
    These tubes are more expensive then most, but if your wanting a noticeable comfortable ride then these are better then butyl. Latex pumped up to 110psi feels like butyl pumped up to about 70, so the ride is plusher and you notice it. The rest of the strengths are barely perceivable if at all. According to tests I've seen in rolling resistance you save about 5 watts which is something I doubt anyone can feel-but it's there and racers might like the slight edge.

    You have to be careful installing these tubes, and I recommend you put Talcum powder on the inside of the tire (they come pre-powdered). If you catch the tube with a tire iron it will probably rip so try to use hands only.

    These tubes lose about 25 psi in a day so you have to pump them up for each ride, but ultralight butyl racing tubes lose about 10 so either way you still have to pump up the tires before a ride. One reviewer reported pinch flats, he probably didn't realize they lose that much air in 24 hours and rode it low on air...that's the only way they, or butyl, will pinch flat.

    Summary, overall I like them better then butyl and rated them outstanding. I gave them a 4 star value rating only because of expense.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $12.00

    Purchased At:   JensonUSA

    Similar Products Used:   Butyl tubes before, Latex over 25 years ago but brands unknown.

    Bike Setup:   84 Trek 660

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by marc from maastricht

    Date Reviewed: October 25, 2006

    Strengths:    Light, low rolling resistance, comfortable, more puncture proof than other conventional tubes that are as light.

    Weaknesses:    Inflate them before every ride, they loose air slowly.

    Bottom Line:   
    I use them with Nobby Nick 2,1, aprox.2,3 Bar, my weight 68kg. No more flats on rougher downhills, no more puntures. For me, inflating before every ride is not a problem: no more flats, more comfort, better traction, lower rolling resistance. Let's see how long they last.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe extra light

    Bike Setup:   Spec.Epic, 80 RLT, Marta SL, DT Swiss 240, Thompson, Chris King, XT.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Willem a Cross Country Rider from Amsterdam

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2006

    Strengths:    Light weight, smooth riding.

    Weaknesses:    Have to pump every day.

    Bottom Line:   
    Used the tubes during 6 day Alps crossing, 12000 hm, high speed rocky descents. No flats, no problems.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   4sports Wels AT

    Similar Products Used:   butyl tubes of all kinds

    Bike Setup:   RM Blizzard; Mavic XM719/XT; Magura Ronin 110 forks; Magura Rim brakes; Schwalbe RR/NN 2.25

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Erik Thomassen a Cross Country Rider from Stellenbosch

    Date Reviewed: March 11, 2006

    Strengths:    Doesn't easily puncture during ride. Light

    Weaknesses:    Latex=leaking. Must be pumped every day.
    Most seriously, there seems to be a weakness about 2 cm. from the ventil. It blows here without warning.


    Bottom Line:   
    Do not buy...it's too unpredictable. Especially, I wouldn't race with this one...

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   some Norwegian bikeshop

    Similar Products Used:   Other butyl tubes, no other latex

    Bike Setup:   Merida magnesium, Mar.marathon SL, XT and XTR.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mumpson Rubella a Cross Country Rider from Middletown, CT

    Date Reviewed: July 27, 2004

    Bottom Line:   
    Don't use this tube unless you enjoy changing flats. Mine pinch flatted within 1/2 mile of putting it in. That's the sum total of my experience with it. I won't be experiencing more.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Bike Setup:   Sugar 1, Bomber, XTR, Avid Arch Rivals

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by David Welner a Racer from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Date Reviewed: June 20, 2004

    Strengths:    Light and flexible, increase road feel and add 0.5 kph to your average speed over long distances.

    Weaknesses:    Pumping before each ride

    Bottom Line:   
    I only use this tube on race days. DOn;t bother using this kind of tube for day to day riding, too unpredictable, fidly and you gotta keep on pumping. Great for race days though.

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    Favorite Trail:   Beach Road, Melbourne

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Cecil Walker Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   N/A

    Bike Setup:   Trek Madone 5.9 OCLV 110, with Dura-ace. Upgrade to Zipp Z2 wheels.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Magical M a Cross Country Rider from Boston

    Date Reviewed: May 30, 2004

    Strengths:    Light and relatively puncture reistant.

    Weaknesses:    Rotten attachment to the tube.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have had endless trouble with these tubes. Four of these have leaked around where the presta valve is attached to the mian body of the tube. It's a fault in certain batches. Fortunately I got them for a good price & got them changed right away no trouble.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Cycle1st.com

    Similar Products Used:   Continental, Maxxis

    Bike Setup:   Marin Mount Vision. Full XT. Hope hubs on Masic X717 Disc rims. Hope Mini Discs. Easton bits.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by muckspreader a Racer from New Forest, UK

    Date Reviewed: November 26, 2003

    Strengths:    Very light tubes with good feel... good puncture resistance.
    Makes your bike really fast...


    Weaknesses:    Valve stem not threaded which means that you cannot use a lock-nut. I have had several failures due to the tube around the valve puncturing due to the valve twisting in the rim caused by heavy braking on the front or acceleration on the rear. This cannot be repaired...very annoying and frustrating.

    Bottom Line:   
    Excellent tubes but could be even better with threaded valve stems. All the junked tubes are due to this as when the valve tears out of the tube it cannot be repaired. If it was'nt for this they would probably last for years and years...

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Greenlite... dont make me larf... rubbish.
    Standard butyl... heavy with less feel.


    Bike Setup:   Yes thanks.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Duncan a Weekend Warrior from Cambridge

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2003

    Strengths:    Light, responsive, comfotable, fast, very few punctures, when used with fast kevlar tyres (ie Kenda Kosmik Lites) seriously quick...worth 3-4 mph

    Weaknesses:    A tad expensive, need to run at slightly higher pressures as they squash easier than butyl tubes (ie in bottom of holes, crossing shallow ditches etc).

    Bottom Line:   
    Top product, worth the money, will make yer bike FLY...........

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    Favorite Trail:   Coed y Brenin / Flume Ride, Tahoe

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   JT Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Super light butyl tubes..explode, air B...heavy,slower, less sensitive, some Dutch Latex tubes ?? similar to Air B

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight, Fox RL, Float RLC, XTR, hope/Mavic rear wheel, A-Z light weight front wheel, Kenda Kosmik Lites or 1.8 Trailblaster rear with 1.95 IRC Mythos front, Raceface, titec, wtb

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by la tzeca a Weekend Warrior from Bellinzona

    Date Reviewed: January 12, 2003

    Weaknesses:    It effectively leaks air. This is latex!

    Bottom Line:   
    Simply resistant. Simply light.
    If a day I should ever switch to another tube, it means that the market really proposed a new, revolutionary product, or that I use tubeless rims.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $8.00

    Purchased At:   bike-discount.de

    Similar Products Used:   Many other butyl tubes, as well as a s*!t called Flyweight (4 tubes in a month!)

    Bike Setup:   Doesn't matter.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by dan from co

    Date Reviewed: September 3, 2002

    Strengths:    light, green

    Weaknesses:    leaks like a sieve; really, really expensive

    Bottom Line:   
    id recommend as a race only item- mine leak 10-15psi a day, and having to pump your tires every time you ride gets really old.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   lbs

    Similar Products Used:   standard butyl

    Bike Setup:   fisher supercal

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Michele a Weekend Warrior from Switzerland

    Date Reviewed: July 25, 2002

    Strengths:    Lightweigth, great pinchflat reduction

    Weaknesses:    Do leak some air, because of latex composition. Need regular inflation.
    If a (rare) pinch flat occurs, the tube may "explode", loosing pressure immediately.


    Bottom Line:   
    The best compromise between weight and pinchflat resistance.
    Butil light tubes are too thin, and do not offer the same resistance.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Common tubes, and sh*t called MAXXIS Flyweight (4 tubes in one month!)

    Bike Setup:   C'dale Jeckyll

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by James Cross a Cross Country Rider from Los Angles, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2002

    Strengths:    Light weight, and they never flat.

    Weaknesses:    They do loose air over time, the air permiates through the laytex, you have to pump before you pedal.

    Bottom Line:   
    I don' agree with the previous post at all. I put these in a year ago and (tempting fate here)I haven't had a flat since. I mean between loosing the weight and never having to stop on the trail and change a tube, its a no brainer! Buy theses and forget about flats. You do have to pump them up (they loose air very slowly) every 4 days or so to your exact pressure but that way you have consistency in your set up. Also you can run low pressures and increase traction and not have to worry. Why use a regular tube again?

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    Favorite Trail:   El Prieto in Pasadena

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Mr Tuffy, SpinSkins, Slime

    Bike Setup:   Titus Switchblade with Panaracer Fire XC Pro's 2.1 tires

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Alfonso a Cross Country Rider from Madrid (Spain)

    Date Reviewed: March 31, 2002

    Strengths:    Very light and skinny.

    Weaknesses:    Prone to pinch!

    Bottom Line:   
    Those damn tubes pinch a lot (yeah, they're quite light, but you never need to remove weight from a tube), I bought a pack of 10 and for using I needed to fit a pinch armor into my tyres to avoid flats. So the weight losed with the tubes I gained with the pinch armor.

    Stay very far from those damn tubes, another problems is that the pinch cannot be fixed, the normal repair kits don't work with latex tubes.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Quite others

    Bike Setup:   GT Agressor '01 1.0, XT Hollow, LX/XT, Sram 9.0SL, Mavic CrossRide and others

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