I get asked all of the time which options should you go with when replacing the stock OEM tubes in your Dirt Bike.
Really there isn’t one clear option for everyone as each person has a different budget, riding style, and riding terrain.
You want to make sure that you purchase the very best solution or product for you and your dirt bike.
Some things to keep in mind
- Does it solve flat tires
- How easy is it to install
- How long does it last
However, I am able to give you the top 3 dirt bike tube replacement options.
Let’s get started with the number one OEM Tube replacement option.
Tubliss is my personal number one choice.
Tubliss is a easy and affordable way to completely get rid of flat tires and pinched flats.
Tubliss is a system that allows you to ditch the normal tube that comes with the bike from the factory.
You will then install a system seen above that has a inner bladder and red liner to seal the bead and allow you to run the dirt bike tire without a tube.
The amazing thing about the Tubliss System is that it allows you to run the dirtbike tire at ANY tire pressure you like.
For example I run Tubliss at 5-7 lbs both in the rear tire and the front tire.
This allows for WAY MORE grip then a standard tube. You also eliminate the bouncing and deflecting that happens when running a higher PSI in your dirtbike tube.
Does it completely eliminate flats….
However, you just use a standard plug to patch the hole in the tire. This means you don’t have to take the tire off or anything. Usually this takes less in 10 minutes but can be done in only a few minutes.
If you don’t have a kit to plug a tire (SEE what KIT I am talking about HERE)
You can ride back to the truck as Tubliss will hold the tire bead on the rim.
Is Tubliss bullet proof no…but its close.
I have yet to have one fail on me…even after using them on everyone of my bikes over the past 6-7 years.
So, below are the pros and cons of the Tubliss System
- Eliminates most flats and pinched flats
- Easy to plug when you do get a flat tire
- Installation isn’t too difficult
- Last a long time and protects your rim
- Can run at whatever PSI you need for the terrain
- Can run with a flat tire
- Not exactly Cheap (see below for price)
- A few extra steps when installing
- Still have to plug the tire
- If you bend your rim really bad the system could fail
Tubliss Systems Price $179.90 (Front and rear tire price)
2. Mousse Bib Tube
Mousse bibs are what the pro riders use….
They are the most indestructible product that dirtbike riders can get their hands on.
Mousse bibs don’t get flats and for the most part can take a MAJOR beating for wearing out or breaking.
The reason that mose pro riders choose Mousse bibs over Tubliss or Heavy duty tubs…is they still work when you bend or smash up your rim.
Most weekend warriors like myself don’t bend their rim all that often…not saying it can’t happen.
I am nowhere close to a pro rider.
Mousse bids is the choice for most hard enduro riders.
They are not easy to install and there is a bit of a learning curve.
They also need to be broken in a bit.
Now this break in period depends on which Mousse tube you go with.
They usually start around feeling around 10-15 PSI and then break down from there.
This also means you really can’t control how much air pressure (if you want to call it that) is in the tire.
I have seen pros drill holes through the Mousse to get the desired feel
Some riders complain about the “Dead” feeling Mousse bibs have.
However, You can really ride with the ultimate confidence as you will never get a flat tire….
This is the Major bonus point of Mousse tubes….not flats…no pinched tubes…..indestructible.
So if you want the most indestructible product out there and you don’t care about the different PSI or Cost then the Mousse tubes are for you.
Mousse Tubes Pros
- No flats or pinched flats
- Last longer then heavy duty tube
- protects your rim
- As it breaks down you get better grip
Mousse Tubes Cons
- Harder to install
- Can’t control the PSI
- Dead Feel
Mousse Bib Tube price: $106-$150 (Price is for one tire)
3. Ultra Heavy Duty Tubes
Ultra heavy duty tubes are WAY better than your standard OEM tubes.
They can take a way higher beating and are way less prone to pinched flats.
Heavy Duty tubes are great because they are so much cheaper then the Tubliss and Mousse systems.
They are easier to install and really isn’t a learning curve.
When running a Ultra Heavy Duty tube you can smash into just about anything and in most cases not worry about getting a flat tire.
This is the option if you don’t want to invest in the more expensive options and just care about having a simple easy to install option for your dirtbike.
Heavy duty tubes are still being used everywhere.
Ultra Heavy Duty Tubes Pros
- Cost effective
- Protect against Flats better than OEM tubes
- Easy to install
- Can run at a little less PSI vs Stock tubes
- Easy to find
Ultra Heavy Duty TUbes Cons
- Don’t completely protect against flats
- Having to carry spare Tubes on your ride
- Have to run the Tubes at a higher PSI
- Less traction
Ultra Heavy Duty Tube Price: $20-$40 per tire
Any of the above options are a must for any hard enduro rider……..The stock or OEM tubes will not stand up to the abuse.
The last thing that you want is to ruin your riding with a flat tire.
The Mousse Tube bib you will never get a flat
The Tubliss System you can plug a flat in 5 minutes or ride back to the truck
The Ultra Heavy Duty Tubes significantly reduces your chances of getting a flat
That being said I personally prefer Tubliss over all….
For the money it’s the best bang for your buck.
The ability to run at whatever PSI I want is really important
And…Tubliss really isn’t all that hard to install.
There you go.
What do you prefer and WHY?
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