Why Presta?

Tars Tarkas

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Presta valves are a status symbol! You guys crack me up
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So, given a choice, assuming we're talking about the North American market and tires and a width over about 50 mm, if you could choose Prestas or Schraders, which would you choose, and why?

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mclewis1

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Fredericton, NB
If you're honestly coming at that question without any pre formed ideas or specific needs then it doesn't matter. Technically there's not enough of a difference to matter to you. It would come down to convenience and availability. Do you own a Schrader only pump? Will you regularly top up your tires from other pumps - gas stations, friends, etc. - then Schrader. Do you need or value a broader range of higher end tubes? Then Presta.

The technical differences between them just won't make enough of a difference to matter, they'll both do a suitable job. Which ever way you go just stay there, mixing the different types is just annoying and not worth the bother.
 

JRA

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With Tubeless, I don't think many use a Schrader style. So if one wants to go tubeless it you have to find Schrader stems.

I run tubeless in all my wheels these days and have used presta valves for years so naturally when I switched over to tubeless years ago I used them because that seemed to be the recommended method because that is the style of valve that was made available to me as they need to actually lock onto the rim and have the ability to seal to the opening.

The core is removable for adding sealant and best to have the right little tool to do so which is easy to lose. The process is actually quite easy except for sometimes it is hard to get enough air in there to seat the bead on wider tires with a hand pump and you have to fire up the compressor.

But the down side I have discovered is that the sealant that needs to be somewhat sticky to do it's job gets gummy around the removable valve and makes it sluggish to do its job of allowing air in and not out. While this would happen to a Schrader valve eventually also the biggest benefit I see for switching to them would be the higher volume of air they would allow during initial seating as mentioned.

While they do make schrader style valves for tubeless use they don't seem to have a very wide range of lengths available to accommodate various rim depths but should be fine for my needs. I'm not going to take apart all my wheels and switch them over but in the event that I do have them apart for some reason I plan on doing conversions at that time because using a schrader valve does make sense to me.
 

Cyklefanatic

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Bless your pea pickin little heart! Definitely a better deal. You have to remove the core from your presta valves though folks.

Still waiting for help on my question about the larger hole in the rim when going from Schrader to Presta. No problem? Problem?
Nobody answered because nobody converts from schrader to Presta. That should say something about which is preferable.
 

Cyklefanatic

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After a few years of “using” the presta to schrader small adapter and not being able to use a schrader tire pressure gauge to read the pressure in the tire I came upon this excellent solution:

A presta to shrader Converter Not an adapter:


On Amazon of course:

RideAir ConvertAir (Pair) Presta to Schrader Converter (not Adapter) Aluminium Anodized Black Change Your Tube or tubeless Valve to Schrader Easily - for Presta Removable Core​


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This is great! No drilling and can use the same tube.
 

Cyklefanatic

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Presta valves are a status symbol! You guys crack me up
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A billion dollar fashion industry is based on status, sunglasses, purses, shoes.... it feeds on a deep seated need for status that a certain segment of the population must have in order to feel fulfilled. If youR happy without feeling the need to buy status it is healthier, and your pocketbook will be fatter.
 

reed scott

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Nobody answered because nobody converts from schrader to Presta. That should say something about which is preferable.
Nobody? Believe me I would not have converted if I could have found 27.5 x 2.8 Schrader tubes. Although I have since found some due to help here. I did run across rubber grommets to go in the larger hole but the price is stupid so I guess I'll just wing it if I have to use the presta tube.
 

Gionnirocket

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Y. O.
Nobody? Believe me I would not have converted if I could have found 27.5 x 2.8 Schrader tubes. Although I have since found some due to help here. I did run across rubber grommets to go in the larger hole but the price is stupid so I guess I'll just wing it if I have to use the presta tube.
You can easily find a grommet kit that has many different sizes of which one will probably work well enough.


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Then going forward whenever you have a hole your first thought will be... I bet I have a grommet for that 🙃 🤔
 

EMGX

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Nobody? Believe me I would not have converted if I could have found 27.5 x 2.8 Schrader tubes. Although I have since found some due to help here. I did run across rubber grommets to go in the larger hole but the price is stupid so I guess I'll just wing it if I have to use the presta tube.
I have a couple of these Schrader to Presta rim adapters. I have both Presta valve bikes and Schrader. I prefer Schrader but it isn't a huge deal one way or the other. I carry a spare tube so having the rim adapters means I only have to have a Presta spare tube for bikes with either type tube.

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