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Have been riding Michelin latex tubes for 7 years. Checking the tire pressure every day never bothered me. Your mileage may vary, as they say.
 

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I've had worse luck with Continentals than with Michelins when it comes to porous tubes. Actually, the tubes I have the best luck with are the Specialized ones that come pre-talced.

I'm telling you, dude, inner tubes inhabit a strange, mystical world. Are some brands actually better? Are some brands actually worse? Is the life of an inner tube preternaturally subject to the roll of the cosmic dice? Are there evil people out there, hexing particular brands of tubes as you, ONLY YOU, pass by? If one of those crazy German bicycle magazines has done one of those exhaustive scientific studies on tube brands and their idiosyncrasies, I'd love to read it.
 

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I love Continental tubes and they are my favorite to use.

But, I've also used the Michelin Light latex ones and haven't had any problems.

I would like to be able to find all lengths of valves more easily though. Either find really short or really long, nothing for mid depth rims like Mavic CXP 33s. I like some valve showing, but not a lot.

Oh, and I don't like Bontragers. Those are cursed for sure, for me;)
 

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No issues over many years for me.
 

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Coolhand said:
No issues over many years for me.
Latex or butle? All latex tubes need to pumped up before every ride. If they were regular tubes they were defective.
 

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kbwh said:
Have been riding Michelin latex tubes for 7 years. Checking the tire pressure every day never bothered me. Your mileage may vary, as they say.
+1 I just moved to latex and like them a lot
 

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I used Michelin A1's when they could be had for around $4.00. Now I buy what's ever on sale. I think they are all made in the same place now, Taiwan.
 

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rubbersoul said:
Suck! Go flat within 3 days after being pumped up. Switched to Continental..perfect, no deflation through osmosis.
Our Michelin A1 tubes lose about 1 bar (15 psi) per week. And that has been the case for the decade or so that we have been using them as our preferred inner tube. YMMV
 

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Kerry Irons said:
Our Michelin A1 tubes lose about 1 bar (15 psi) per week. And that has been the case for the decade or so that we have been using them as our preferred inner tube. YMMV
YUP!!
 

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I like 'em because there are no threads on the valve stem.
 

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rubbersoul said:
... no deflation through osmosis.
Not a process of osmosis as I’m pretty sure you don’t have water entering your tubes but rather oxygen migrating (permeating) faster out of your Michelin tubes as you suspected...yes?
 

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The Michelin A1 Airstops are good tubes that don't lose air rapidly, and they have a nice smooth stem that is easy on pump heads. They also make some lighter tubes, including latex, which will lose air more rapidly. This is a light tube problem, not a Michelin one.

BTW, my A1 Airstops say 'Made in FR Yugoslavia", so they must have a few different sources!
 
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