Tubolito is a new — and very orange — inner tube that’s impressively light yet somehow also incredibly strong, the company claims.
Tubolito’s high-tech inner tubes are significantly lighter than standard butyl tubes Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
According to this Austrian start-up, Tubolito uses a new, unspecified thermoplastic polymer along with a seamless production process to create inner tubes that weigh an average of 65 percent less than traditional butyl rubber tubes while being twice as robust.
In addition to being lighter, Tubolitos are also much more compact Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
There are three MTB versions of these weight-weenie tubes. The standard Tubo, the Tubo+ for high-volume 27.5in (2.5 to 3in in width), and the incredibly light, top-end Tubo S, which gets its weight savings from a removable valve stem and has a claimed weight of just 45g for the 29er version.
The Tubo Road is even lighter, with a claimed weight of 33g.
Tubolito by the numbers
The company claims these tubes are twice as strong as a standard inner tube, we hope to test this in the near future Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Here’s the complete breakdown of sizes and published weights
- 29in: 85g
- 27.5in: 82g
- 26in: 78g
- 27.5+: 105g
- 29in: 45g
- 27.5in: 44g
- 26in: 42g
Pricing and availability
Everything about the Tubolito is small, except the price tag Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
As you might have guessed, these tubes will pull weight out of your wallet as well. The standard, plus and road models retail for $35. The ultra-light Tubo S models retail for $45. (UK and Australian pricing TBC.) They will be available in late 2017.
Visit www.tubolito.com to learn more.