Are latex tubes faster than tubeless?

Posted by Trevor Barrett on

Are latex tubes faster than tubeless?

The speed and performance of latex tubes versus tubeless setups depend on a number of factors, and the comparison is not straightforward.

Latex Tubes:


  • Lower rolling resistance: Latex tubes are known for their supple nature, providing lower rolling resistance compared to traditional butyl rubber tubes.
  • Lightweight: Latex tubes are generally lighter than butyl tubes, contributing to reduced rotational weight.


  • Puncture susceptibility: Latex tubes may be more prone to punctures compared to tubeless setups.

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Tubeless Systems:


  • Reduced rolling resistance: Tubeless tires can offer lower rolling resistance compared to both latex and butyl tubes, especially at lower tire pressures.
  • Puncture resistance: Tubeless systems often provide better puncture resistance due to the sealant inside the tire, which can seal small punctures as they occur.
  • Ability to run lower tire pressures: Tubeless setups allow riders to run lower tire pressures without the risk of pinch flats, improving traction and comfort.


  • Setup complexity: Tubeless systems may require a bit more effort and expertise to set up initially. They involve tubeless-compatible tires, rims, and sealant.
  • In terms of outright speed, the choice between latex tubes and tubeless setups may depend on the specific conditions and preferences of the rider. Some cyclists may prefer the supple feel and lightweight nature of latex tubes, while others may prioritize the puncture resistance and ability to run lower pressures offered by tubeless systems.

It's worth noting that technology and product offerings continue to evolve, and individual preferences, riding styles, and conditions can influence the perceived performance of different tyre setups.

Get in touch with Trev if you need help choosing the right cycling tube for your bike.

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