Michelin Aircomp Latex Tubes Tube

Aircomp Latex Tubes

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.

  • User Reviews (14)

    Showing 1-10 of 14  
    froze   Racer [Jul 15, 2010]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

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

    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.

    Similar Products Used: Butyl tubes before, Latex over 25 years ago but brands unknown.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Erik Thomassen   Cross Country Rider [Mar 11, 2006]
    Strength:

    Doesn't easily puncture during ride. Light

    Weakness:

    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.

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

    Similar Products Used: Other butyl tubes, no other latex
    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Willem   Cross Country Rider [Aug 04, 2006]
    Strength:

    Light weight, smooth riding.

    Weakness:

    Have to pump every day.

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

    Similar Products Used: butyl tubes of all kinds
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Duncan   Weekend Warrior [Mar 23, 2003]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

    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).

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

    Similar Products Used: Super light butyl tubes..explode, air B...heavy,slower, less sensitive, some Dutch Latex tubes ?? similar to Air B
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    muckspreader   Racer [Nov 26, 2003]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

    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.

    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...

    Similar Products Used: Panaracer Greenlite... dont make me larf... rubbish.
    Standard butyl... heavy with less feel.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Michele   Weekend Warrior [Jul 25, 2002]
    Strength:

    Lightweigth, great pinchflat reduction

    Weakness:

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

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

    Similar Products Used: Common tubes, and sh*t called MAXXIS Flyweight (4 tubes in one month!)
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    la tzeca   Weekend Warrior [Jan 12, 2003]
    Weakness:

    It effectively leaks air. This is latex!

    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.

    Similar Products Used: Many other butyl tubes, as well as a s*!t called Flyweight (4 tubes in a month!)
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Alfonso   Cross Country Rider [Mar 31, 2002]
    Strength:

    Very light and skinny.

    Weakness:

    Prone to pinch!

    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.

    Similar Products Used: Quite others
    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    dan   [Sep 03, 2002]
    Strength:

    light, green

    Weakness:

    leaks like a sieve; really, really expensive

    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.

    Similar Products Used: standard butyl
    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Magical M   Cross Country Rider [May 30, 2004]
    Strength:

    Light and relatively puncture reistant.

    Weakness:

    Rotten attachment to the tube.

    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.

    Similar Products Used: Continental, Maxxis
    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
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