Tubeless conversion: the whole truth!

Those who ride occasionally (less than once a week), do not cross lands infested with thorns or – simply – do not want to face the small problems and complications that tubeless involves, can continue using inner tubes and be happy like that. In off-road riding, however, the transition to tubeless and the use of […]

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Which Shelter for my bicycle?

It’s great to have multiple choices, as long as we also possess enough information for a correct decision: this also applies to our Shelter family. This family of frame protections offers different sizes, different thicknesses… but we realized we hadn’t quite explained our idea behind it. Basically there are three types of Shelter: Off-Road (thickness […]

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Caffélatex, valves and inner tubes

Being a synthetic latex, Caffélatex is not as intrinsically “sticky” as natural latex sealants, showing a lower tendency to clog valves and valve mechanisms. Still, it’s important to learn how to use it properly to take full advantage of the puncture protection, reducing the drawbacks to the minimum. General tips for long lasting valves, when […]

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Caffélatex and the “hair dryer” effect

Beside the use of CO2(described here) or contamination of your sealant with other products(described here), the “hair dryer” effect is a common but little-known reason for the decrease in a sealant lifespan. When does it happens? If a tubeless tyre doesn’t immediately inflate after having inserted the sealant, some people using a compressor might be […]

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THE CORRECT QUANTITY OF CAFFÉLATEX FOR EACH CYCLIST

Tyre sealants are a must-have for the performance-oriented cyclists, to avoid the feared and annoying punctures. The big question is: how much sealant do I need? Parameters that influence the necessary quantity of sealant: Several parameters should be taken into account, for example the outside humidity, temperature and tyre inflation routine/regularity. However, the main factors […]

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A Caffélatex cocktail

We talk from Caffélatex standpoint, but what we’re analyzing here generally applies to “latex” (synthetic or natural) sealants. The common reasons of sealant polymerization can be divided into two groups: physical (related to temperature changes, evaporation…) or chemical. Physical: a sudden drop of temperature, as with CO2 cartridges, described here; a quick evaporation, that’s what […]

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Caffélatex and tubulars

No aggressive chemicals: its complete lack of ammonia or aggressive chemicals make Caffélatex benign even with very sensitive latex inner-tubes (like those found on professional level cyclocross tubulars, for example). Caffélatex is perfectly compatible with tubulars with butyl tubes or tubeless-tubulars construction (like Tufo). Long expected lifespan: if used inside tubulars, as their porosity is […]

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Caffélatex and CO2

While Caffélatex resists well to both low and high temperatures (between -20 and 50°C), sudden temperature changes are not good for its stability. A strong thermal shock could be a polymerization-starter for any latex-based sealant (natural or synthetic), so we suggest to limit the use of CO2 cartridges or, if necessary, to do it with extra […]

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