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Slime Lite Tube Tube

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SLIME LITE PRESTA VALVETUBE Lightest self-healingTube onThe planet. Instantly seals punctures upTo 1/8″ (3mm). Combines a lightweight butylTube with a revolutionary breakthrough in sealantTechnology without significant added weight. Weights: 26 X Presta - 219grams 700 X 19 Presta - 117grams 700 X 28 Presta - 158grams


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by markiemark79 a Weekend Warrior from waterford,ca

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2012

Strengths:    Well sounds like a great idea right?

Weaknesses:    After the first hour of riding got several goat-heads in my front tire. Did not seal the flat, had to continually stop to re-inflate the tire just to get home.

Bottom Line:   
Thought it was a great idea because I have had great results with regular slime in the past, but the slime lite tube in my opinion is worthless

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint.com


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kkees a Racer from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2010

Strengths:    I always race with a slime lite in my rear tire. It has saved me so many times in races. I had one race where I finished the race with no flats, and found 3 thorns in the tire each about an inch long racing in Lajitas. Not one leak. So I have to give these a thumbs up.

Weaknesses:    I have come across a bad tube or 2 but just return it. You usually know about when you first air it up.

Bottom Line:   
I would recommend.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   academy

Similar Products Used:   Just regular tubes.

Bike Setup:   Kestrel hardtail, Sworks FS, Stumpy Pro singlespeed

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by DrHenley a Weekend Warrior from Columbus, GA USA

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2010

Weaknesses:    Seams

Bottom Line:   
I noticed Slime leaking from a split in a seam while putting the tire back on. The split was too long for the slime to seal.
Brand new tube that won't hold air - That's pretty bad!

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Favorite Trail:   Riverwalk

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $6.00

Purchased At:   Dick's

Similar Products Used:   Regular Slime tubes

Bike Setup:   Fuji Newest 27 speed

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bobster a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix,AZ

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2009

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    They don't seal leaks

Bottom Line:   
These don't work. I bought 2 tubes and they both failed within a week (3 rides). I think you would be better with standard weight tubes, they both leak if you get thorn punctures. Very disappointed!

Back in the day we made our own puncture resistant tubes by cutting a small (1/4") slice in a light tube and inserting a small amount of slime and then patching it. They worked better and cost less. Try it.

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Favorite Trail:   Desert Classic

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   standard light tubes

Bike Setup:   Pivot Mach 5 XT group

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by abadfish a Weekend Warrior from Sunnyvale, CA USA

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2009

Strengths:    light weight

Weaknesses:    expensive, 2x the price of non-sealant tubes

Bottom Line:   
I wasn't going to write this review until I actually had to use the sealant features of this tube. Well, guess what happened this morning on my commute to work...

As my bike was sitting in my office, all of a sudden I heard this loud hissing and notice my tire was flat as a pancake. I inspect the tire only to find a goathead thorn partially lodged into the tire (I guess the air frantically rushed out as the thorn went from fully lodge to partially lodged). So I fill the tire up with air and noticed that the tube would not seal and the air came out again. I then unbeaded the tire (just one side) to see if there was more debris (there wasn't). I then rebeaded the tire and filled it up with air again. This time it held up. I made it home without any issues and the tire continues to hold air.

I was expecting that the tire would've sealed upon initial removal of the goathead thorn (if it did, I would've given this a 5 rating instead). I didn't think it would've taken two air fillings for the tube to seal. But in the end, it did work and do its job.

So if you decide to get this product, my advice to you is to make sure you bring plenty of CO2 cartridges (or lots of elbow grease for your hand pump) when getting the tube to seal.

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Favorite Trail:   the one I'm on

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper, DT Swiss X430 wheels, Specialized Resolution tires

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by joe a Cross Country Rider from boudler, colorado, usa

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2008

Strengths:    Can seal small hole (as long as you find the thorn and pull it out)

Weaknesses:    Can't seal large holes, can't seal pinch flats -- and worst of all doesn't work well with path kits. Last flat I had multiple misfires trying to get a path to hold -- the slime from inside the tube would push out through the glue in the patch. I finally got a patch to hold only to go flat a few miles later.

Bottom Line:   
False sense of security -- don't fall for the gimmick.
Contrary to an earlier review it _will_ leave you shivering in the cold. If the slime can't fix a hole, then you're hosed.

Also it could just be bad luck, but I've gotten more flats in the last year than in the last 5 years combined. 3 flats the slime was able to seal, but the other three I had to try to patch.

It seemed like a good idea a first, but after being stranded twice (patches couldn't fix) by the tube I'm at a loss as to why I fell for the pitch in the first place. Patch kits and stick on patches work fine and prior to slime I've never met hole I couldn't patch together.

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Favorite Trail:   Babbo-lonks

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   REI

Bike Setup:   Los Dos mountain bike tandem. With K-rad tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gavin Cregan a Cross Country Rider from Iwakuni Japan

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2006

Strengths:    lightweight insurance policy

Weaknesses:    valve spits slime when I add air.

Bottom Line:   
I use these on my commuter bike to ride the roads in rural japan that seem to be made of gravel, broken glass and potholes. I got my first flat in six months. I had a flat every morning for three days. I fixed it by adding air and going for a 20k ride. On the fourth day I took the time to check the tube. It had a 1/4 inch gash. I do not know how well other similar tubes work but any tube that lets me ride 20k with a large hole is worth having on my bike.

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Favorite Trail:   three temples

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   nashbar

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Trek 730 pulling a trailer

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Alan from Superior, CO USA

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2006

Strengths:    light

Weaknesses:    doesn't work

Bottom Line:   
On my first ride out (<1 hour after installation on my bike and my wife's bike): my rear tire got a goat head thorn, tire went low, pulled thorn, spun the tire, pumped it up, rode 4 miles home, was very happy, tire was flat next day, then not happy. The hole was tiny. I didn't expect miracles, but it should have sealed this. Put another slime lite tube in (bought several) and will see how try number two works. I will try regular slime tube if this doesn't work.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   performance bike

Bike Setup:   specialized stumpjumper fsr kenda nevegal tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brett Wolmarans a Weekend Warrior from Thousand Oaks, CA

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2005

Strengths:    works

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
I moved down to socal from nocal, and man the goats heads thorns are a pain down here. Went through two of my lousy specialized lite tubes and then installed these, since then, no problems riding over the exact same goats-head covered trails that flatted me before. I like 'em and they're light!

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Favorite Trail:   Los Robles

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $11.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   regular tubes

Bike Setup:   stumpy

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from Charlotte, NC

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2005

Weaknesses:    Explodes

Bottom Line:   
Just installed a Slime Lite tube for the first time and inflated it to 30 PSI. As I was eating my pre-ride lunch, I heard a strange sizzling sound. I turned off the TV, discovered it was the tire, and a few seconds later, BOOM. I've got two more in reserve. We'll see how those go.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   8.00


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by tom colson a Cross Country Rider from raleigh, nc

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2005

Strengths:    It came in a box

Weaknesses:    Complete failure

Bottom Line:   
Both tubes went on at same time. Next morning, front was flat. Tube had 1 inch tear around valve stem. Next ride, fine. Next morning, rear tube had same tear around valve stem. Tires were at 50 PSI riding gravel roads.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Dicks

Similar Products Used:   Any other tube

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Scalpel 900, Raleigh M-80

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by nick freilich a Cross Country Rider from uk

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2004

Strengths:    Keeps you riding instead of shivering and cursing, trailside! Feels like a normal tube

Weaknesses:    Probably would be limited against pinch flats.

Bottom Line:   
Still riding with out problem and have sealed a number of times. Front even deflated on a ride but I pumped up to get me home. It is still up months later!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   (Trade)

Similar Products Used:   Tubeless tyres with liquid latex (from an art shop)

Bike Setup:   Dawes 'Edge 1' (British single speed from a company that started making traditional touring bikes) with schwable little albert 2.1 tyres

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ USA

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2003

Strengths:    Well, it is very light, but....

Weaknesses:    ...It does not seal punctures like the regular slime tubes do.

Bottom Line:   
As the reviewer below states, a smaller amount of slime is used in these "Lite" tubes, and it is not enough. In addition, it is a different formulation without the fibers. Yes, they are light, but they do no seal. I have been using Wrencforce self healing tubes (standard weight) and have quit worrying about flats.

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Favorite Trail:   Lots

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   AZ Bicycle Experts

Similar Products Used:   Slime self-healing presta tube (works)
Wrench Force self-healing presta tube (works)


Bike Setup:   '01 Homegrown Pro Frame, mostly XT, Avid mechanicals, Easton lo-rise carbon bar, Thompson post, custom SpeedDream/Mike Garcia American Classic/Mavic X317 disc wheels...

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bill Snure a Cross Country Rider from Amarillo, Tx

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2002

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Don't seal punctures very effectively

Bottom Line:   
Although I'm still using these tube they do not do what they are supposed to do, which is seal small punctures. They are light though. Therein lies the problem, to achieve the light weight they start with a thin tube and then they put in a limited amount of Slime. I don't think there is enough Slime to adequately coat the entire inside of the tube. Hence I'm not too sure I've ever had one seal a puncture like it is supposed to do. I have had a lot of flats with these tubes and have had to patch or replace them. I ride in the high desert in the Texas Panhandle, Palo Duro Canyoh St Park and you HAVE to have some kind of thorn protection here. I have had better luck with Specialized Air Lock tubes although their sealant has a tendency to dry out over time and they are heavier. The bottom line on Slime Lite tubes is that they ARE light but in the end the puncture protection is more of a "placebo effect' than actual. At between $8 and $9 ea. these tubes are expensive.

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Favorite Trail:   Palo Duro Canyon St Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $9.00

Purchased At:   Academy Sports

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Air Lock tubes

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 100, Ellsworth Truth

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter Mozley a Cross Country Rider from Socorro, NM, USA

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2002

Strengths:    Works as described. Well made and light for a slimed tube.

Weaknesses:    Can't handle more than 5 or 6 good punctures

Bottom Line:   
They work well, but need frequent replacement if you ride regularly in thorn country.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   rei

Similar Products Used:   Regular slimed tubes

Bike Setup:   Gian NRS2, stock except for WTB tires

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