long or short valve

teamtalairan
teamtalairan Posts: 175
edited March 2010 in Road beginners
Can someone explain to this numbnut what the advantage/disadvantage of having a long or short presta valve on your inner tub is pls?!

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  • Wamas
    Wamas Posts: 256
    If you have aero wheels, i.e wheels with deep sides, see example:
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Zipp_ ... 360049075/

    Then you will need a long valve so that you can still connect a pump.
  • scoobers
    scoobers Posts: 364
    The longer ones are intended for deep rim wheels.
  • amaferanga
    amaferanga Posts: 6,789
    Deep section rims require a long valve.
    More problems but still living....
  • Ah yes, now that makes absolute sense. I think what threw me is that my raleigh came with long valves but doesnt have deep rims, so a little unnecessary. OK thank you all - dilemma solved!!!
  • thomasmc
    thomasmc Posts: 814
    I find the shorter valve's can be a pain even on shallow rims so always use longer valves. No issues then getting pump to catch on head of the valve.
  • GiantMike
    GiantMike Posts: 3,139
    thomasmc wrote:
    I find the shorter valve's can be a pain even on shallow rims so always use longer valves. No issues then getting pump to catch on head of the valve.

    What he said. Other than looks, I can think of no legitimate reason to have shorter valves.

    Unless you consider saving 3g of metal a legitimate reason.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,795
    edited March 2010
    If you're a bit heavy handed when you pump your tyres, a shorter valve will provide less leaverage on the valve joint, so reduceding the likelihood of tearing a hole in your innertube.
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    GiantMike wrote:
    thomasmc wrote:
    I find the shorter valve's can be a pain even on shallow rims so always use longer valves. No issues then getting pump to catch on head of the valve.

    What he said. Other than looks, I can think of no legitimate reason to have shorter valves.

    Unless you consider saving 3g of metal a legitimate reason.

    I consider the 3g's to be crucial :shock: :oops: :wink:
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  • Which Raleigh did you get?

    I have the Avanti U6 Tiagra, and mine came with Long valves, and tbh you can fit either, but the long ones are SO much better to work with
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