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

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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Mike
Mike
2 years ago

how would you break a valve stem?

onrhodes
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

While not common (i.e. a daily occurrence) I have seen aluminum tubeless valves break often enough that I would never suggest buying them.

Dolan Halbrook
Dolan Halbrook
2 years ago
Reply to  onrhodes

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

onrhodes
2 years ago
Reply to  Dolan Halbrook

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.

Dolan Halbrook
Dolan Halbrook
2 years ago
Reply to  onrhodes

That would explain it. No salt around Portland…

Marc L
Marc L
2 years ago
Reply to  Dolan Halbrook

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.

Collin S
Collin S
2 years ago
Reply to  Marc L

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.

Marc L
Marc L
2 years ago
Reply to  Collin S

Crazy! But I could completely see how it could happen.

Dover
Dover
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike

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.

Tony
Tony
2 years ago

I concur, had a core break but literally never a whole stem…

Dolan Halbrook
Dolan Halbrook
2 years ago

I’d much rather someone make a more durable valve core than a more durable valve stem.

Marc Lindarets
2 years ago

All,
Amazon Payments seems to be struggling at the moment (along with a couple other BigCommerce integrations)- if you have any problems checking out the Credit Card & PayPal payments seem to be working just fine.

Sorry to everyone who’s run into issues and thanks to everyone who’s brought them to my attention 😮

Marc

Brian Meyer (@monopine)

In all of my years wrenching on my own and other’s bikes, I’ve not every once seen a single broken valve stem.

Dylan
Dylan
2 years ago

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.

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

I broke a valve stem once. Skipped a rock, it rolled along side me, hit my rim right at the valve.

b
b
2 years ago

Ditch the dust cap. Who uses them anyway?

Marc Lindarets
2 years ago
Reply to  b

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.

😉

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

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.

Marc Lindarets
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

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.

DRC
DRC
2 years ago

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.

Marc Lindarets
2 years ago
Reply to  DRC

DRC,
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edzoba
edzoba
2 years ago

Would love different shape gaskets for different rim interfaces (like muc-off have). Hope collar is also from Ti:)

Marc Lindarets
2 years ago
Reply to  edzoba

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

Galen Kehler
Galen Kehler
2 years ago

Please offer these in 100mm length for my 88mm wheels

MBR
MBR
2 years ago

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.

Larry Miller
Larry Miller
2 years ago
Reply to  MBR

So good ou drill the valve stem holes out bigger to do this?

markymark
markymark
2 years ago
Reply to  MBR

Stan’s makes schrader tubeless valves 😉

owen arman
owen arman
2 years ago

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

jk
jk
2 years ago

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.

Andy Ra
2 years ago

40$ valve stem…mmh ..makes sense .