While we often stand on our soapbox to advocate tubeless technology for mountain bike tires, the truth remains that we always carry tubes with us on serious adventures into the backwoods. At that point we want something economical and reliable. These Michelin MTB Airstop Presta Tubes are all of that thanks to their traditional butyl rubber construction. Of course, tubeless or tubes is a personal choice and if you use tubes on a regular basis, Michelin Airstop Tubes are perfect for that as well. They're light enough and offer excellent puncture protection. They'll work in any 26" mountain bike tire from 1.5 - 2.2" widths.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2010
Strengths: it´s michelin, so it should be good enough, light, It doesn´t get stick in the tire after some kms.
Weaknesses: It can´t stand decent pressure with a tire liner
I have had one flat a month with those michelin inner tubes. I ride those in both wheels with maxxis detonators 26x1.50. As I use them for commuting is easy to find broken glasses everyday, so as an extra care, I put a mr tuffy band and the tube couldn´t resist a pressure of 60psi, because the edge of the band easely cut the rubber tube. Then a puted a slime band which is thinner and 45psi... the same story. By the way, only happens in my rear tube, no problems yet with the front one. I weight 70kg.
I´ve had a pair of conti tubes for ages (excelent tubes) but unfortunately not in this size, so I came back to my old ritchey innovaders (26x2)until I find decent tubes for my maxxis.
I don´t want to roll without tire liners. It give me more confidence.