A 1-year puncture proof guarantee for an inner tube? That’s unheard of. But it’s exactly what Tubolito is offering with their latest thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) wonder tube. Tubolito’s goal with the X-Tubo (SV Presta, Av Schrader) was simple – create a tube that couldn’t be punctured. On second though, that doesn’t sound so simple…
Like other Tubolito products, the X-Tubo City/Tour is made in Austria from a TPU material. It’s not clear if this is the same formula of TPU used in their other tubes, or if it’s something completely new – but it’s still orange.
More importantly, it means that the tube supposedly “can’t be punctured in everyday use.” They’re so sure of it, that they’re offering a 1 year warranty against punctures. What? Note that you have to register the tube within one month of purchase, and if you happen to puncture it (somehow?), they’ll send you a replacement for free.
Additionally, the X-Tubo offers the same benefits of their other tubes meaning it’s lighter than the competition and claims to reduce rolling resistance by up to 24%. The 700c x 30-50mm tube with a 42mm presta valve weighs between 130-139g, and it’s also available in a 40mm schrader valve version.
$24.90 $29.90 per tube, the X-Tubo is certainly more than your average tube. But, the difference is less than it would cost to bring your bike into a shop to have a flat repaired. Not to mention, you get the added comfort of knowing you should be able to finish your ride without being stranded on the side of the road.