Specialized Thorn Resistant Tube

2.8/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $5.99


Product Description

Innovative use of tube material provides greater protection against punctures but is still reasonably light.


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Reed Ellis a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2004

Strengths:    They work OK for light dirt trips and they are fairly cheap.

Weaknesses:    Once you get into the desert these tubes are the last thing you want to be rolling on.

Bottom Line:   
If you ride in the city, this tire is fine, although i pinched flatted my first one jumping. My second one poped due to a thorn. I would suggest Raleigh Tubes (they are alittle more expensive, but worth it) along with slime sealant and a slime tire liner. i ride more than 50 miles a week in the desert and have not had a single flat. you could do the same with a specialized tube and probably have great results aswell. so overall, i give it three chilis.

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Favorite Trail:   Fantasy Island

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $6.00

Purchased At:   Supergo Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Giant Tube (also bad) Raleigh Tubes (highly recomended)

Bike Setup:   04 Stumpjumper FSR Aniversary

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Fred a Cross Country Rider from Houston, Texas

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2002

Strengths:    When used in conjunction with tire liners and a "Flak Jacket" tire I had no punctures,

Weaknesses:    however, in the last two months I've been through three of these. One, freshly installed only moments earlier at a shop, blew while in the back seat of the car. All the valves were bad. Did I just hit a bad lot?

Bottom Line:   
Anyone riding in lots of debris like I do needs a more solid product. I put in about 150 miles a week on the streets of houston. Putting on the spare too often is no fun. I'm looking for a new brand.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   bike barn

Bike Setup:   22.5" Trek 7300

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Scott Frazier a Cross Country Rider from Alpine, UT

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2001

Strengths:    fairly light
somewhat thron resistant


Bottom Line:   
The experience of the previous two posters matches mine closely. If these tubes offer any added puncture resistance, compared to standard tubes, it is minimal. However, they are a bit lighter than the standard tubes I had been using so I'll continue with them.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by edward matheis a Weekend Warrior from greeley

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2001

Strengths:    minimal thorn resistance

Weaknesses:    cost & weight

Bottom Line:   
these tubes, as others have reported hold up reasonably well, but for me the big issue is the goatheads, and they pretty much have stranded me many times with this product almost as easily as the specialized standard tube. I'd ust them if I lived somewhere else.

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Favorite Trail:   Hall Ranch

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $7.00

Purchased At:   bike peddler

Similar Products Used:   standard tubes

Bike Setup:   Kona manomano

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mikey a Cross Country Rider from Littleton, CO

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2001

Strengths:    It's just a tube...

Weaknesses:    Thorn "resistant", not thorn "proof"

Bottom Line:   
I gave these a try hoping to be pleasantly surprised. I wasn't.

I think the tubes actually worked as advertised, which is to say that if you come across the occasional thorn in your riding, the tube might not puncture immediately. Clearly, these were not designed for - and do not work against - large numbers of goat head thorns which embed in the tire casing and punture the tube.

I can't say that this is a bad product. It's just not designed for the nasty conditions in which I ride. For about a 50 percent price premium, I flatted almost as quickly as I would have had I been running standard tubes.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $6.00

Purchased At:   Specialized Online Store

Similar Products Used:   Other tubes.

Bike Setup:   Kona Hot, XTR, Judy Race

Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

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What are the most thorn and flat resistant tires you've used?

Right now I've got some marathon green guards and they are not flat resistant enough to handle the thorns around here. I've been thinking of the mondials, but are they all that flat resistant? And panaracer or continental worth a try?Read More »

Problems with Thorn-Resistant QTubes

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Catastrophic failures of thorn resistant QTubes

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Thorn Resistant QTubes breaking

With nine of us all mountain biking and racing (yes, I have a wife and seven mountain-biking children), I am tired of changing blackberry-thorn- and goathead-induced flats on my regular Kenda QTubes and thought back to the time a few years back when I put in a super-thick tube that lasted about thre ... Read More »

how thorn resistant are your tires?

I'm curious to hear about other's experience with tires. mtb and commuting tires. I recently I sold my bike which had Specialized Hemisphere tires. I used regular tubes and didn't use any sef-sealing stuff at all. In more than a year, commuting and mountain riding ocasionally, I never got a fl ... Read More »

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