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    New question here. Noob Question. Presta or Shrader for MTB?

    What do you prefer presta or shrader valves for MTB and why?

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    Better bikes and better wheelsets use Presta valves. Do a search and you'll find alot more on the pros/cons of each. Presta is slightly lighter & has a narrower stem which is important for skinnier road rims. For MTB's, I'm not sure this is the big advantage it's cracked up to be. FWIW- you can easily find adapters which allow the use of Schrader air hoses on Presta tubes.

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    Both.

    I drill all my rims to accept schrader valves. Usually I'll use presta tubes with a grommet installed in the rim.

    The prestas are a little easier to use, but it's nice to be able to borrow a schrader tube or buy one at x-mart as a last resort.

    SInce I patch and carry as spares all my old tubes, on any given day I may have either valve type. It's always entertaining to see the look on a presta snob's face when they're in need if a spare tube and I hand them a schrader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanetti
    Both.

    I drill all my rims to accept schrader valves. Usually I'll use presta tubes with a grommet installed in the rim.

    The prestas are a little easier to use, but it's nice to be able to borrow a schrader tube or buy one at x-mart as a last resort.

    SInce I patch and carry as spares all my old tubes, on any given day I may have either valve type. It's always entertaining to see the look on a presta snob's face when they're in need if a spare tube and I hand them a schrader.
    LOL presta snob, thats hilarious. I hate the bike snobs that tend to work in one of my LBS

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    Theres no big advantage for presta. You're not missing any big point about them for mtb'ing b/c there is no big point. That being said, I have them on most of my rims, haha.

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    I personally have come to hate prestas because I always having to use adapters to work with shrader pumps, and I find those adapters to be a real PITA to use. I use Specialized shock pump/tire pump combo so it is much more convenient to have all the air valves on my bike the same.

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    Not sure if I am a Presta snob (probably though hehe), but I have not had a presta leak. My mate keeps buying schrader, after a few months his valves are leaking again....but i think it maybe him more than the valve cuz he always loses the dust cap, so they get filled with muck.

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    I use presta. Find them easier to use.

    Use which ever type you like.
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    i come from dirtbikes...i absolutely despise presta...i just got a new bike, needless to say, i'll be drilling my rims this weekend...the rest of the world uses schrader, presta is simply 1985 when Madonna was huge
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