What is the difference between a butyl and a latex air chamber? Which do you recommend using with your clincher tires?
Latex is more flexible than butyl: it stretches 7 times its length, whereas butyl may reach 1.5. This means more flexibility, which ensures lower rolling resistance and more comfort, as well as better puncture protection. The latex layer adapts around an external body/object which penetrates instead of lacerating it. Butyl is naturally more rigid and more prone to punctures and cuts.
The only drawback of latex air chambers is its natural porosity and scarce air proof. Latex air chambers let air permeates so it is necessary to inflate the tires more times.
So the pressure of a tire with a latex air chamber must be checked before every ride.
All our tubulars have latex air chambers to offer high performance and a better anti-puncture protection.