Are latex inner tubes worth the hassle?

They’re expensive, high-maintenance and more likely to tear or blow but latex inner tubes offer a marginal gain that’s ideal for time trialling

Latex inner tubes are thinner, lighter and faster-rolling

Inner tubes fall into two different types: latex and butyl. Butyl tubes are the default choice for most of us and are fitted as standard on most bikes.

They typically cost around £4-5 in most shops. Butyl tubes are made from synthetic black rubber, while latex tubes are made from the sap obtained from rubber trees.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.