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Old 12-29-2011, 12:57 PM
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Metal vs. Rubber valve stems

Any opinions on which is better for off road?

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Any opinions on which is better for off road?
I prefer rubber - more 'give' off-road and super easy to replace trailside. I carry a couple of spare rubber stems and a stem tool in my toolbag.


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Get the shortest rubber ones you can find, I had some that were 3/4" long that I never had an issue with even when digging through mud hole after mud hole.
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With metal you always have the risk of snapping them off on a rock. I would go with the rubber. You can still tear them but in many cases they are just going to bend out of the rocks way as metal won't.
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Thanks folks. That is what I've always thought as well. Just got into a minor "debate" with the tire shop guy who wanted to sell me metal ones.

I got rubber ones.
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