Tubolito Tubes Aim to Shake Up Innertube Market

How much would you pay for less rotating weight, increased durability?

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Tubolito Tubes

Assuming that’s an accurate statement, would you pay $35 for a Tubolito tube?

In the age of all things tubeless, we don’t spend a lot of thought (or money) on innertubes. But… most of us carry at least one on every ride (mountain, road, gravel, whatever), and at least occasionally we need to use them, lest we end up walking home or taking an Uber.

Tubolito Tubes

One of these likely means a whole lot less of those.

With all that in mind, how much more would you pay for a tube that was 80% lighter and two times stronger than your average butyl tube? How about $35? Sounds a little steep, but the people behind Vienna, Austria-based Tubolito are banking on consumers seeing the benefit of its thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) tubes, which come in all manner of sizes, covering the full swath of cycling disciplines, including all three MTB wheel sizes.

Tubolito Tubes

This is not your father’s innertube.

Claimed weight for a standard Tubolito 29er tube is 85g, while the higher-end S-Tubo 29er model ($38) drops to 45g. That means less overall bike weight, but also more critically, reduced rotational weight and rolling resistance.

Tubolito Tubes

Some of the Tubolito Tubes line-up, and a quarter-sized euro coin for scale.

Besides being lighter, the Tubolito tubes are also much smaller, making them easier to stash in a jersey pocket or fanny pack. And there’s the lessened environmental impact. Think about how many butyl tubes you’ve tossed in the trash over the years.

Tubolito Tubes

For comparison sake. Pretty compelling actually.

Durability is gained from the more robust material (which is claimed to be more resistant to pinch flats), and a construction process that eliminates full-length seams. Instead the Tubolito tubes are joined with just one small weld around the circumference.

Not sure if we’re sold or not (we’ve only seen them at a trade show, and not tested yet), but it’s certainly an interesting idea. Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Here’s a look at the complete line-up. Click on any image to enlarge.

Tubolito Tubes

Tubolito Tubes

Tubolito Tubes

To learn more about Tubolito Tubes, head over to www.tubolito.com or stop by your local REI store, which is carrying these new tubes.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.



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  • Patrick says:

    I put one of these in my enduro bike a few months ago, no issues even with a few very hard hits. I’m a believer in the durability and the size and weight are a big improvement especially on plus tires. For how much we bikers spend to save a few grams, these are well worth it.

  • A. Rider says:

    They’re gonna pop!

  • Tony Shivnan says:

    Just got a 29er S Tubo through from Ebay UK, supplied with a spare patch:) … just in case I’m having a v bad day. Seems ok, nice and light for an emergency spare.

  • delquattro says:

    How do they hold up to goatheads?

  • Can you put sealant in them?

  • Brian says:

    I recently purchased 2 of the S-Tubo 29er tubes from REI for my 2013 SC Tallboy LT. My rims are not tubeless compatible and I have been too cheap to buy a new wheel set, so I purchased them to use as a replacement for my 2 butyl tubes and not just as a spare tubes to try and make up some ground with all of my other friends who have gone tubeless.

    I have 3 rides in, including 2 on some of the more gnarly local downhills and no problems yet! I can definitely ‘feel’ the rotational weight difference when I am pedaling up an incline/feel like it takes less effort based on my breathing and what has been an unexpected benefit its they feel like tubeless tires on the trail…more compliant would be best way to describe it, which has been awesome. $70 was a lot of money for 2 tubes, but a heck of a lot less than a new wheel set and I am guessing lighter rotational wight even when compared to the goop in tubeless tires.
    Happy pedaling!
    Brian

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