Inner Tubes

I stock mostly presta valve tubes. The exception is in 20" and 26", where I have both presta and schraeder in a few sizes to match the Schwalbe tires I stock for recumbents. Most of our tubes carry the "Salsa" brand name and are made by Kenda. Kenda is a major manufacturer of tubes and tires. I don't sell Salsa (Kenda) because I think they're better than any other tubes. I sell them because I can usually get the sizes I want, and the prices are reasonable. We never get complaints about the valves failing or sticking or pulling out. Inner tubes aren't very exciting. As long as they keep the air inside, and the valves work, there's not much to discuss.

I also have some Michelin, Panaracer, Ritchey and Schwalbe tubes, mostly in sizes that Salsa (Kenda) doesn't offer. And we have some IRC tubes under the "AJ Boston" brand name. Again, it's not because these are better than any other tubes, it's because I can get them easily in the sizes to fit the tires I sell. There's no magic in tubes. For example, if you have a deep v section 26" rim, and want to use a 2" tire, you'll need to use either a valve extender, or an extra long valve. Salso doesn't offer a fat 26" tube with a really long valve, but Michelin does.

Salsa makes their presta valves in three lengths. All sizes are available in 34mm, the standard presta valve length. And some sizes are available in 48mm and 60mm. These longer valve lengths are needed for deep V section rims, so called "aero" rims. I sell a lot of these "Aero" rims, not because they are aerodynamic, but because they are incredibly strong for their weight. My strongest 26" rim is the Velocity Deep V. You can have a 26" wheel that's stronger than the strongest 48 spoke 700c tandem wheel by using this rim, and only 36 spokes! The downside is you need tubes with long valves, or valve extenders, both of which many bike shops don't stock. Since I recommend the rims, I stock the tubes, in as many sizes as I can find.

For most rims, the 34mm valve is long enough. Velocity Aerohead, Mavic Open Pro or Open Sport, Velocity Synergy and Dyad rims work fine with 34mm presta valves. Rims with a shallow V section, like the Velocity Fusion or Mavic CXP33 will be better with the 48mm valves, and there's no harm in using 48mm valves with most rims. If you have deep V section rims, like the Velocity Deep V, you'll want to be using the 60mm long presta valves. I wouldn't use these 60mm valve tubes with shallow rims. The long valve makes it easy to put a lot of bending load on the valve in a shallow rim. Too much leverage. So try not to use them unless you have a rim that needs them, like the Velocity Deep V.

The tube weights are from the manufacturer. I haven't weighed any of the tubes I sell.

In my opinion, Schwalbe lists suitable widths for their tubes which are wider than I agree with. For example, they say their #18 tube should be used with tires from 28mm wide to 44mm wide. But I find it difficult to mount a 28mm tire when using their #18 inner tube. I recommend the #18 for tires between 32mm and 44mm, and if you are using a 40mm or larger tire, I'd rather see you use their #19 inner tube, which I rate from 40mm to 60mm. So, in my opinion, you should go by my sizing for Schwalbe inner tubes, not Schwalbe's sizing.


700c - 622mm Presta Valve Tubes
Brand Description Valve Diameter Weight PWC Part #
Price
AJ Boston 700x25-28mm 34mm 700c-622 ???? AJB70025-28P
$ 5.00
AJ Boston 700x28-32mm 34mm 700c-622 ???? AJB70028-32P
$ 5.00
AJ Boston 700x52 34mm 700c-622 ???? AJB70052
$ 5.00
Michelin 700c x 25-32 36mm 700c-622 120gr MICTU8102
$ 4.00
Michelin 700c x 35-47 36mm 700c-622 141gr MICTU8129
$ 4.00
Quality 700c x 40-45mm 34mm 700c-622 188gr QUATU4692
$ 5.70
Quality 29" x 1.9-2.3" (700c x 47-52mm) 34mm 700c-622 220gr QUATU4696
$ 6.00
Salsa "Superlight/Ultralight", Presta 18mm-23mm 34mm 700c-622 80gr SALTU4415
$ 5.25
Salsa "Superlight", Presta 23mm-25mm 34mm 700c-622 92gr SALTU4455
$ 5.25
Salsa "Superlight", Presta, 28mm-32mm 34mm 700c-622 100gr SALTU4424
$ 5.25
Salsa "Superlight/Ultralight", Presta 18mm-23mm 60mm 700c-622 86gr SALTU4450
$ 6.00
Salsa "Superlight", Presta 23mm-25mm 60mm 700c-622 96gr SALTU4453
$ 6.00
Schwalbe SV16 28mm to 32mm 40mm 700c-622   SWL10431343 $ 9.05
Schwalbe SV17 32mm to 47mm 40mm 700c-622   SWL10429343 $ 9.30
Schwalbe SV18 32 to 44mm X Light 40mm 700c-622   SWL10428343 $ 13.15
Schwalbe SV19 40mm to 60mm 40mm 700c-622   SWL10430343 $ 9.05
Schwalbe SV19A 40mm to 60mm X Light 40mm 700c-622   SWL10430943 $ 13.15

650c - 571mm Presta Valve Tubes
Brand Description Valve Diameter Weight PWC Part # Price
Salsa Superlight Presta 1", 18mm-23mm 34mm 650c-571 74gr SALTU4410
$ 5.50

26" - 559mm Presta Valve Tubes
Brand Description Valve Diameter Weight PWC Part #
AJ Boston 26 x 1.9 - 2.1 34mm 26"-559 ???? AJB2619-21P
$ 5.00
Michelin 26 x 1.5-2.2" Extra Long Valve 60mm 26"-559 ???? MICTU8125
$ 4.25
Panaracer Super Tube (very thick rubber) 26x1.6-2.1 36mm 26"-559 236gr PANTU5010
$ 7.75
Panaracer Super Tube (very thick rubber) 26x2.1 - 2.3 36mm 26"-559 360gr PANTU5012
$ 9.00

Ritchey

26"x1.25" 36mm 26"-559 ???? RITTU3334
$ 4.50
Salsa Superlight 26x1-1.25 34mm 26"-559 120gr SALTU4430
$ 5.50
Salsa Superlight 26x1.5-1.75 34mm 26"-559 124gr SALTU4435
$ 5.50
Salsa Superlight 26x1.9-2.125 34mm 26"-559 146gr SALTU4452
$ 6.00
Salsa Superlight 26x1-1.25 60mm 26"-559 116gr SALTU4432
$ 6.00
Salsa Superlight 26x1.5-1.75 60mm 26"-559 126gr SALTU4437
$ 6.00
Salsa Superlight 26x1.9-2.125 60mm 26"-559 146gr SALTU4442
$ 6.00

20" - 451mm Presta Valve Tubes
Salsa Superlight 451 20"x1-1/8" 34mm 20"-451 78gr SALTU4400
$ 6.00
Salsa Superlight 451 20"x1-1/8" 60mm 20"-451 84gr SALTU4402
$ 5.25
Schwalbe 20x1-1/8-3/8 451 #7A 40gr 20"-451 105gr SWL10416313
$ 9.05

20" - 406mm Presta Valve Tubes
Quality 20"x 1.25-1.5" 34mm 20"-406 92gr QUATU4616
$ 4.50
Quality 20"x 1.5-1.75" 34mm 20"-406 118gr QUATU4618
$ 3.25
Quality 20"x 1.75-1.125" 34mm 20"-406 132gr QUATU4620
$ 3.25
Schwalbe 20x1-1/8, 28/40-406 #6 40mm 20"-406 95gr SWL10413313
$ 9.05
Schwalbe 20x1.5-2.5, 40/62-406 #7 40mm 20"-406 145gr SWL10415313
$ 9.05

26" - 559 Schraeder Valve Tubes
Quality 26"x1-1.25" normal 26"-559 102gr QUATU4548
$ 4.30
Quality 26"x1.5-1.75" normal 26"-559 165gr QUATU4552
$ 2.50

20" - 451mm Schraeder Valve Tubes
Schwalbe 20x1-1/8 3/8 451mm #7A normal 20"x451 105gr SWL10416310
$ 8.05
             

20" - 406mm Schraeder Valve Tubes
Quality 20"x1.5-1.75" normal 20"x406 114gr QUATU4518
$ 2.50
Quality 20"x1.75-2.125" normal 20"x406 130gr QUATU4520
$ 2.50
Schwalbe 20x1-1/8, 28/40-406 #6 normal 20"x406 95gr SWL10413310
$ 8.05
Schwalbe 20x1.5-2.5, 40/62-406 #7 normal 20"x406 145gr SWL10415310
$ 9.05

We have tires scattered around the site. You'll find a page on Schwalbe tires here. There's another page on road tires here, though it needs updating as of June, 2006.

If you have rims that are already drilled to the larger schraeder size, you can still use presta valve tubes by using an adapter to take up the extra space. The best way is with presta valves having a threaded stem. Then you can use a special nut to hold the valve in place. The nut has a little raised ring that fits down into the larger hole in the rim.

specail presta nut $ 2.00

Remember, you must be using threaded presta valve stems. Most of the presta tubes I sell have threaded stems, but some, like the 60mm Salsa for deep V rims, are smooth sided, and won't work. There are other adapters available, though not from us at this time, that don't use the threading.

 

 

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