Light weight tubeless valves are great. Broken light weight tubeless valves are not. For anyone that has ever experienced the sadness of a broken aluminum valve, Traben may have the answer. While the valves are claimed to be just one gram heavier than a comparable aluminum valve, they claim to be four times as strong.

Found: Traben Titanium Tubeless Valve Stems are lighter than brass, stronger than aluminum

They also have a number of smart features like an “86% larger thru hole” than a typical valve which should allow for more air flow – even after the sealant builds up on the inside. The bottom of the valve is also shaped with their ‘Bead Shed Technology’ which is a beveled edge designed to prevent the tire bead from hanging up when installing tires.

Found: Traben Titanium Tubeless Valve Stems are lighter than brass, stronger than aluminum

The valves are available in the U.S. through Lindarets, who also offers a Refresh Kit for $7.50 when you buy a set of valves. That Refresh Kit includes two spare sets of valve cores and gaskets as well as a valve core tool to keep your valves sealed and flowing. If you don’t buy the kit with your valves, you can order it after the fact for $9.95.

Found: Traben Titanium Tubeless Valve Stems are lighter than brass, stronger than aluminum

The weight is claimed to be 5g per valve stem, or 5.3g per valve stem with a plastic dust cap. Available in Natural Ti, Natural with blue, Natural with Red, Gold, or Off-Black, the 44mm length valves are sold in a set of two for $39.95.

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      • Huh, I’ve been running them on all my race wheels for years and have never had an issue. Must be doing it wrong 🙂

        • Do you ride in an area where they salt the roads during winter? I’ve seen it more when I lived in New England compared to here in the PNW. My bet would be corrosion from road salt played some part in it.

        • It depends on a lot of things, but I’ve most often seen and experienced broken valves when using a hand pump and not being careful. So basically at the end of a long ride or long day when you can least bear it. If you’re a CO2-only guy it’d probably be the freak stick or hanging-from-a-hook accident.

          • I broke an aluminum valve stem before. It was a snow and wet ride and I had to use a CO2 cartridge. The inflator of course got really cold, and froze whatever water was on the valvestem. When I when to take it off, it was frozen. I did a little wiggleing to get the inflator off, and that’s when I heard the dreaded PSSSSSSHHHH! Since that was my only CO2, putting a tube in wouldn’t help me at all. It was time to call the wife.

    • it was a (hopefully) once in a lifetime occurrence, but I had a rock get bounced up by my front wheel while riding. It flipped through my front wheel, missing all of the spokes, but broke the top off my valve stem.
      Super random, totally freak accident, but it can happen.

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  2. I’ve broken a steel valve stem before and seen others do it, using a hand pump without a hose (old school Zefal frame pump in my case) and pumping up a road tube to 100PSI.

    • We actually call that out in the product description:
      What’s with the plastic valve cap?
      Well, if you’re anything like us those dust caps are the first thing to go- if not lost on the trail then set aside after the fiftieth (or fifth) tire pressure check. So we include dust caps to protect the valve stems in transit and in case you want to use them- but it won’t hurt our feelings if we don’t see them on the bike.

      😉

  3. If you want to avoid breaking a valve stem when using a hand pump, take the wheel out of the frame! Support the hand pump end with your hand, and use only your thumb to keep the valve in the pump. No stress, no broken valve stems.

    On another note, back in the day we used to make crank calls from our shop to other local shops (before caller ID) requesting titanium valve stems. Always produced some confusion on the other end.

    • Tom,
      True- that will certainly help. Though we all know that there’s a difference between what we know we should do and what we actually do. Doubly so in the red mist of a race or during the sort of downpour that always seems to cause flats.
      I know better, but will admit that I almost never remove the wheel for anything short of a full-blown flat. Topping off a slow leak or sealant-healed puncture? The wheel stays on the bike.

  4. Hmmm, I’m down for these, but they should make some longer ones. I’m close to going tubeless on my road bike, but I’ll need valves that fit in 46mm deep wheels. Hell, I’m already tubeless with 62mm deep wheels on my other bike.

    • Ed,
      Working with those different shapes we found that the large, soft cone ensured a consistent seal on every rim tried. It wasn’t my first choice (shows what I know), but it was the best choice. Your experience may be different, but back-to-back we haven’t found a rim on which the alternative shapes work better- and many instances they work worse.

      Ti nuts would add cost without adding value- and can’t be anodized in as wide a range of colors. So those are aluminum, either anodized to match or pop depending on your preference.

      Marc

  5. Or… I’ll continue to use threaded shaft Schrader valve stems made by cutting a $6 Continental BMX tube until they come up with a Schrader version. I also use a metal valve stem cap which removes the valve core. So nice to use a garage compressor, gas station hose, etc. without needing a Presta adapter. And when it’s time to top off with a bit of Stan’s… Schrader valves are a lot less likely than Presta to clog.
    And this is coming from a serious weight-weenie who doesn’t mind the 2 gram penalty over a Presta stem.

  6. another from me – broken stem? ridiculous marketing, make better cores, or rather, make all wheels Schraeder instead of flimsy presta.

  7. Wouldn’t mind trying. A stick flew off someone’s wheel and into my rear wheel, snapping the valve at the rim. Certainly ruined the race. It may not be common but it apparently happens.

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