Presta Valves?!

Constant headwind
Constant headwind Posts: 33
edited September 2010 in Road beginners
Can someone please explain to me the advantage of Presta Valves over Shraders? It seems to me that they are just a pain if you want to use additional puncture protection (slime etc) but I really can't see any advantage too them.

Why different valve lengths too?? :?:



  • different valve lengths for deeper rims

    but I also believe because the lock they maintain higher pressures - the downside is the pins are very prone to shearing with out a flexing connector
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    I've never sheared a connector - you'd have to be pretty clumsy to do that.

    One advantage of them is that they will fit in a rim made for schraeders - so if you only carry one type of tube - carry the presta.
  • So shrader valves won't fit on a rim designed for prestas?

    That's a pain if true because I was planning on changing the tubes to sharder valves when I get my new bke. I still can only see that prestas are a pain in the rear, no performance advantage over shraders and less versatile to boot.
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    Say... That's a nice bike..
    Trax T700 with Lew Racing Pro VT-1 ;-)
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Nope Schrader valves are too wide to fit through a presta hole.

    You wouldnt want to drill a hole bigger than necessary through a narrow road wheel rim.

    Thats the advantage - the rims are stronger like that. By all means drill your rims out if you want to - but whats the advantage ?