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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Chris Thornham » June 12th, 2014, 3:49 pm

bostonalex,

Thanks for the support today. The DISC and 30s will work well with the 51mm valve. That's actually what I use in all of my wheels. Whether or not you need a crack pipe will depend on the type of pump you have. Most pump heads will fit in our FLO DISC without any issues. If you do need a crack pipe, I've been having pretty good luck with my Silca Disc Wheel Adapter. http://silca.cc/products/disc-wheel-mini-chuck

I hope that helps,
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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby DeeAye » June 19th, 2014, 4:05 pm

Chris Thornham wrote:henrybeagle,

Unfortunately, the 80mm valve will be too long for the FLO DISC. 48mm tubes work great for the FLO DISC.

Take care,



So, if I am running a Flo disc with 48 mm valve and a Flo 60 with a 'crack pipe' on the front, what do I want to carry for my spare tube? Can I carry a 48mm spare for use with a front or rear flat? If so, will the transfer of the 'crack pipe' in case of a front flat be easy, or am I better off carrying two separate tubes?

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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Chris Thornham » June 19th, 2014, 10:17 pm

DeeAye wrote:
Chris Thornham wrote:henrybeagle,

Unfortunately, the 80mm valve will be too long for the FLO DISC. 48mm tubes work great for the FLO DISC.

Take care,



So, if I am running a Flo disc with 48 mm valve and a Flo 60 with a 'crack pipe' on the front, what do I want to carry for my spare tube? Can I carry a 48mm spare for use with a front or rear flat? If so, will the transfer of the 'crack pipe' in case of a front flat be easy, or am I better off carrying two separate tubes?

Thanks!


DeeAye,

I think you are misusing the term "crack pipe". A crack pipe is for inflating a disc wheel. I think what you are referring to is a valve extender. Valve extenders screw on to the valve in a tube to increase the length so you can fit it through a deeper rim. I run 48mm tube in all of my wheels and then use the appropriate valve extender for the wheels that need it. You can carry 48mm tubes for all of your wheels. Valve extenders are easy to swap between wheels.

Check out this video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx8aLQBPD-M

Keep in mind you'll need 80-90mm total length for you FLO 60 and 110-120mm of total length for a FLO 90.

I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby DeeAye » July 2nd, 2014, 6:54 pm

Thanks, Chris!

Yes – I meant extender – thanks. Let me try to reword my situation and question. I am running a FLO 60 front and disc rear. If I carry a 48 mm spare tube, and I flat in the rear, I will then simply replace install the spare tube. If, however, I flat in the front, will I then have to take out the little presta fitting from the spare tube, screw it into the valve extender, and then screw the extender into the 48 mm spare tube? If so, should I carry that valve extender tool thingie?

I appreciate you taking the time to answer all these annoying questions :)

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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Chris Thornham » July 3rd, 2014, 9:32 am

DeeAye,

I've been using the SRAM external valve extenders and they are working great. They are also easier to use. Here's what I'm currently carrying to avoid parts and pieces.

Tubes: http://www.michelinbicycletire.com/mich ... rstop.view

In this size... 700X18-23C / A1 / 52mm presta valve / 98g

Extenders: http://www.amazon.com/Sram-WE-Valve-24- ... B003WOQ974

In a 48mm for the FLO 60s and a 74 for the FLO 90s.

Those should have you in good shape. Does that make sense?
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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby DeeAye » July 5th, 2014, 6:18 pm

Ok, Chris, sorry for being so dense. Let's try this:

Do you:

A. Transfer your valve extender from your front wheel (Flo 60) to your spare tube in the event of a front flat?

OR

B. Keep a valve extender on your spare tube and take it off in the event of a rear (disc) flat?
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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Chris Thornham » July 6th, 2014, 1:42 pm

DeeAye wrote:Ok, Chris, sorry for being so dense. Let's try this:

Do you:

A. Transfer your valve extender from your front wheel (Flo 60) to your spare tube in the event of a front flat?

OR

B. Keep a valve extender on your spare tube and take it off in the event of a rear (disc) flat?


No worries. I go with Option A. I transfer the valve extender in the event of a flat. Both 60 and 90 should already have the required valve extender on them. Since all wheels use the same tubes, you just swap the extenders when you flat.

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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Nokka18 » August 5th, 2014, 2:44 pm

Just getting some wheels made up with a set of Flo30 rims, White Industries T11 hubs and DT Aerolite spokes. I am planning on putting GP4000sII tires on them but am yet to decide between 23mm and 25mm. Have you done any testing on 25mm tires or does anyone have any experience with how they perform vs the 23's? I realise the rims are designed around a 23mm tire but a lot of popular opinion (and half the pro peloton) seems to suggest that 25mm is preferable mainly due to ride comfort, rolling resistance and grip. Your thoughts?
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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Chris Thornham » August 5th, 2014, 5:21 pm

While we haven't done any specific aero testing on the 25mm version of the GP4000s tire, I know that the ride can be preferable to some people and for that reason we recommend them as well. My only warning is that the extra width of the tires prevents them from fitting inside some frames. As an example, they do not fit in a Cannondale Evo without rubbing the chain stays. If you do not have fit issues, then they will be great tires.

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Re: Recomended Tubes and Tires

Postby Nokka18 » August 6th, 2014, 4:26 pm

Thanks Chris, I have a Giant Defy Advanced II which can easily accommodate 25mm tires - the bike actually comes standard with 25's in the UK I believe although in Australia where I live they're sold with 23's.
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