Performance Lunarlight tubes Tube

2.85/5 (41 Reviews)
MSRP : $8.99


Product Description

Performance Lunarlight tubes


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jasontamu

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2013

Strengths:    -great tubes

Weaknesses:    -na

Bottom Line:   
- The stem failures noted are installation error - this tube is thin, so you have to fill them up with out the presta nut on, let hte tube fill and the presta valve seat, once filled, then lightly turn the presta nut back down to the base of the rim, dont tighten, move to the bottom - to touch rim...there has to be room for movement.

the catastrophic failure of valve tearing from tube is due to that presta to rim nut tightened down and the tube is stretching internally.....think whats going on inside the tire....

-J

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by marcodeluca a Weekend Warrior from usa

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2011

Strengths:    LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT

Weaknesses:    None-- initially , I had one leak air (on a newly installed tube)near where the stem
meets the tube-- found out it was due to the presta valve hole on the aluminum rim that needed to be filed a bit


Bottom Line:   
Yes they are thin tubes but they have been fine for me.
Keep giving them bad reviews and maybe they'll lower the retail cost on these babies so i can buy them up!

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Favorite Trail:   local trails in southern NJ

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   performace bike

Similar Products Used:   other heavier tubes--also have a pair of ECLIPSE plastic tubes at 56 GRAMS each (from SWITZERLAND-DON"T ASK HOW MUCH $$)on one bike that have been great.

Bike Setup:   07 pitch pro
08 enduro carbon

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by KLF a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2011

Strengths:    Very Light, Packable, not unusually prone to normal flats caused by punctures or pilot error (and/or exuberance)

Weaknesses:    Quality Control, spontaneous failure

Bottom Line:   
When they are working they are as good as anything I have used, but....

When these first came out many years ago they had a problem with persistent spontaneous pinhole defects. That usually resulted in an annoying but ridable slow leak which was also patchable. They were not otherwise any more prone to flats than any other tube I have used. And that early pinhole problem seems to have been solved.

But more recently, I have found that they fail spontaneously and without warning by tearing at the valve stem interface. Of the last 9 I have used (and I still have several awaiting use), 100% suffered this failure. Sometimes it is shortly after the first installation, at other times after extended use. But it is still a consistent and unforgivable defect, especially since it is non-repairable and usually means nearly instant full deflation and a non-ridable tire. Performance will replace them, but that does not detract from the inconvenience of an "unearned" flat on the trail.
So if you use these be sure to carry several spares to insure that you can get home. At least they pack compactly.

Without the valve stem defect problem, they would be great.

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Favorite Trail:   Mountains or Desert

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by OSM a Racer from Mtn.View, Ca.

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2009

Strengths:    this was the lightest tube I could find. Lunar light.
95 grams it said on the box 0.4 mm thickness


Weaknesses:    very thin rubber. I had two forte tubes rip at the valve stem.(it wasn't my fault) these are cheap cheap cheap no matter what the price paid.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this tube to carry as a back up in my bag. I figure its light weight so it will be easier to haul around. I got a pinch flat and had two forte back ups. regular and lunar. Both of these tubes ripped at the valve stem while inflating them with a mini pump trail side. I have learned not to waste my money on this brand. It is probley ok for commuting.

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Favorite Trail:   the charcoal cut off

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   bontrager. specialized, all kinds i dunno.

Bike Setup:   my everyday all mtn. climber is my Dh hardtail racer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Frank a Weekend Warrior from S.D.

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2005

Strengths:    Amazingly Light Weight
Holds Air Better Than ANY Latex Tube


Weaknesses:    Damn Pricey

Bottom Line:   
Less Weight Means More Performance (No Pun Intended). The Best Place To Cut Weight Is Toward The Outside Of Your Wheels, Since There Rotating Any Ounces Cut There Multiply To Several Ounces Cut Else Where. These Tubes Easily Cut 20-30 Grams, Try Doing That With A Rim For Just Twenty Bucks. Also The Quality Is Fantastic, Being That These Are Made of Real Butyl Rubber, Which Hold Air Better Than A Latex Tube Of Twice The Thickness. Yeah You're Gonna Get Flats, But That's True of ANY Tube, Also If You're Runnin' Around With 25psi What Do You Think Is Gonna Happen. Fill 'em To 50 and Run With The Big Boys. This Tube Is Not Just For Lycra Racer Types, I'm A Fat Grizzly Adams Type Guy Who Flies Through The Back Hills With Nary A Problem. In Short The Best $20 You Can Spend On Your Bike.

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Favorite Trail:   The next new one I discover

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Performance (duh)

Similar Products Used:   Generic, $1 Mystery Grab Bag Stuff

Bike Setup:   Steel (Is Real) Hardtail, Full Deore (Yes Just Deore), Judy SL Fork, You Get The Picture

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tim a Weekend Warrior from Whidbey Island WA

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2005

Strengths:    Light wteigh

Weaknesses:    go flat within hours

Bottom Line:   
These tubes suck. I bought 2 with my new tires from Performance and I had 2 flats the first day out. These are going ion the trash.

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Favorite Trail:   Goss Lake woods

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   $7.00

Similar Products Used:   various brands

Bike Setup:   1990 Diamond Back Ascent Ex

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from Ca

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2004

Strengths:    Weight

Weaknesses:    Durability, quality control

Bottom Line:   
These tubes are hit or miss. I had two flat almost immediately. I have had one on my front wheel for the past year and it has outlasted the Continental Explorer tire it was mated to. If the quality control was better, it would be a fantastic product.

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Favorite Trail:   Tahoe Rim Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $6.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Generic, Torelli, IRC, Specialized

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tom from Frisco, CO

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2004

Strengths:    Weight, of course

Weaknesses:    Durability, of course

Bottom Line:   
Keith Bontrager has a quote about component tradeoffs:
"you can have light, strong, or cheap- pick two"
So these are reasonably cheap and extremely light- guess what got left out? I bought three of these as spares for rides. If you pump your tires waaay up to 50 psi, and use lotsa talc, you may not pinch flat these immediately, but what's the point if you have to run your tires so hard you have less traction? On a full-susp. bike you can go fast enough on rough lines that you will flat these- usually in a race, right when you feel pretty good.

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Favorite Trail:   depends on the day

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Air-B latex, Conti light, many standard tubes

Bike Setup:   DeVinci Moonracer FS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Allen a Cross Country Rider from CO

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2003

Strengths:    Light,

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
These tubes offer such a weight reduction off any regular tubes. I haven't had any any flats, but I ride fairly hard on the downhills. I used to pinch flat a lot (bad technique and not enough pressure), but as long you ride with some finesse, and fill your tires with 40-45 psi you shouldn't pinch flat on anything but the fastest of technical downhills.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   regular Performance tubes

Bike Setup:   Specialized Rockhopper, nothing stock but the handlebars

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by david a Weekend Warrior from san francisco, ca usa

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2003

Strengths:    None-

Weaknesses:    Too weak and not durable-My tube blew up going down hill on my road bike. Luck I did not wind up in the emergency!

Bottom Line:   
Better use the larger name brand tube or one that is a few grams heavier for safety's sake!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   michelin, continental, specialized turbo

Bike Setup:   kestrel sci w/ultegra

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by the titans a Racer from baltimore

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2003

Strengths:    light

Weaknesses:    flat

Bottom Line:   
Please don't even think about it if you're racing. What's the point of training hard and driving to the race and paying a fee only to stop and fix a flat while the folks you passed go riding by. I tried these once last year with the same result on a full-susp. Please accept an additional 25 grams and get something else.

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Favorite Trail:   loch raven

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   other tubes

Bike Setup:   schwinn homegrown

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Thomas a Racer from Kindsbach, Germany

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2003

Strengths:    Very light weight.
Less weight in the most effective area


Weaknesses:    More prone to pinch flat? But if you are running light tubes, what do you expect?

Bottom Line:   
I've raced and trained, when using my race bike, on these tubes for three years now. Never have I noticed an increased tendency to pinch flat, or flat in general. A thorn in the tube will flat the tire no-matter-what (ok, unless you've got slime or liners). I run unusually high pressures (50-60 psi) mainly due to the small tire choice, not the light weight tube. My racing rig sits idle for the entire winter, and yes there is still air in the tires after several months of inactivity! If your tires go flat or explode after mounting, then you've obviously damaged the tube. There is a saying that probably applies here: "If you don't know what those two little screws on a derailleur do, then don't mess with them!"
Bottom line: Light weight is for racing ONLY! Not for "dink'n" around the neighborhood.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Performancebike.com

Similar Products Used:   tubes, tubes, and other tubes

Bike Setup:   Dean Duke, race set up with Schwalbe 1.9 (they look skinnier than that) Black Shark light tires.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Alex a Cross Country Rider from Knoxville, TN, USA

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2002

Strengths:    lightweight

Weaknesses:    very poor durability, several tubes had problems right out of the box

Bottom Line:   
Do yourself a favor and don't buy these tubes. They are light and extremely unreliable.

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Favorite Trail:   Walden

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $7.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   torelli, specialized, blackburn, continental, etc.

Bike Setup:   Fisher Sugar 2+ Disc, Superlight with Disc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bufulo a Cross Country Rider from Grass Valley, CA

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight.

Weaknesses:    Expensive unless purchased when on sale. Pinch flat easily; especially when used with narrow tires.

Bottom Line:   
Worked great for months with 2.1 Mythos XC. Went to 1.95 Mythos XC in the rear and pinch flatted alot. Seemed to hold up to thorns as well as any other tube I've tried (even tubes that were twice the weight). I'd still be using these if I hadn't discovered Stan's tubeless system.

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Favorite Trail:   Hole in the Ground

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Super-Thin tubes.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Still waiting

Bottom Line:   
I've been forunate, have run the tubes for two months and the stem has only busted on one while removing the trail pump. Performance said that it was a defect and replaced it for free. I'm 195lbs and run them at a very high PSI. I do deflate them a little after each ride. Great way to drop weight in a noticable area.

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Favorite Trail:   Monarch Crest, Rainbow, Government

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $9.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Torrelli(Not dependable), basic tubes

Bike Setup:   01 FSR Pro, XTR/XT, Thomson post, Sella SLR, Avid Mags,Avid Flackjacket cables, Mich Comp S

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Performance LunarLight tubes = everyday?

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