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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 10:21 pm 
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Ive just bought a cheapy from ASDA for £1.79! Made by BELL. Is there really any difference between this one and the branded ones like Continental, Michelin, like what I used to buy a few years ago??


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 10:23 pm 
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Hmm not much.

Probably different qualities of rubber and more consistency (i.e no bulges) with the more expensive ones and even wall thickness.

I believe.


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 10:42 pm 
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If you are not concerned about weight, probably not.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:53 am 
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Most seem to be broadly similar. Lots have the 'Presta valve ripping out disease' - especially Specialized.

My preference is Schwalbe, they seem lighter and also sturdier.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:23 pm 
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Go tubeless and it takes away all that indecision and debating .
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:24 am 
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As for presta valves, I find them a pain, Im also in to cars so have lots of stuff with shreader valves and even all the suspension forks, fox shock I have is shreader....
As for tubeless all the bits I have are tubed (retro) apart from 1 michelin tyres and a pair of mavic rims that im using tubed anyway. :oops:


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:38 pm 
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hamster wrote:
Most seem to be broadly similar. Lots have the 'Presta valve ripping out disease' - especially Specialized.

are the valve holes on the rims drilled for presta, if not are you using presta adapter for hole


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:13 pm 
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It's even with correct valve holes. There are some where the tube reinforcement is very thin and the valve pops out. Late 90's was worst, but I had a Conti tube do it last year.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:20 pm 
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Contis are well reinforced around the base of the valve stem. The valve stems are also threaded and - on the Presta models - come with a lockring that can be reversed so it stops the stem wobbling around in a rim with a Schraeder drilled hole. I always use Conti, at £5 they are pricey so I keep an eye out for bulk deals on CRC etc. My choice anyway! :)


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