THE COMMON TUBELESS VALVE STEM
With the recent uptake of tubeless tire/rim combinations now gaining increasing favor over traditional rubber / butyl / latex inner tubes across the general cycling population (Professional road cyclists still currently prefer glued-on tubular tires for various reasons), the humble tubeless valve stem has become a necessity.
But as with most things in life – Not all tubeless valve stems are created equal!
The vast majority of commonly available valve stems are manufactured from thin wall, welded or extruded aluminum tubing which is then thread cut both internally to accept the industry standard Presta valve core and externally for the rim locking nut.
Brass valve stems also exist but are generally significantly heavier when compared to the same length in alloy.
Most alloy stems undergo various types of colour anodising which provide some degree of corrosion resistance and improved aesthetic appearance.
With many stems the rubber, usually V-shaped, inner rim seal is either bonded or pressed on to the alloy shaft and cannot be replaced.
Such mass-produced stems often corrode under harsh climatic conditions, are prone to air leakage if precise machining tolerances are not met and can often fail when either the rubber seal becomes dislodged or the stem itself snaps – Usually during tire inflation.
Nex-Gen tubeless valve are machined on high-precision equipment using solid bar stock. Following stringent QC checks each valve stem undergoes a multi-stage anti-corrosion process that exceeds both American STM B117 and ISO/DIS 11130/2017 international standards.
Nex-Gen rubber components are very specific in shape and function to achieve ultimate performance.
All parts are removable and replaceable if required.
The alloy head of the Nex-Gen stem is specifically designed to work with Nex-Gen tire sealants that benefit from gradual and constant mixing when in use, but without causing ‘balling’ of sealant ingredients.
The Nex-Gen 95mm valve stem sectioned to show equal and consistent wall thickness throughout the entire length.