When Reserve Wheels launched their new Fillmore valves last week, you lot got quite worked up. Were they solving a problem that doesn’t exist? What’s a reasonable price for progress? How much?! And other comments… One of those comments was that UK company 76 Projects had already beaten Reserve to it, with a Hi Flow No Clog valve of their own.
Perhaps kicking themselves that they didn’t make a song and dance about it with their own slick PR machine, 76 Projects has been in touch to highlight their own Hi Flow No Clog Valve (that’s their actual name, not the advertising tag line used for the Fillmore). Solving the same perceived problems but via a different technical solution, let’s have a closer look at the ‘Original’ Hi Flow No Clog Valves.
Whereas the Fillmore valves claimed 3 times as much airflow, the Hi Flow No Clogs claim 4x as much. More is better, right? As with the Fillmore valves, you can inject the sealant through the valve core, but with the 76 Projects version they do say they recommend you put sealants with particles in directly into the tyre.
The 76 Projects Hi Flow No Clog Valves are a similar price to many other standard tubeless valves, at £24.50 a pair. If you’ve got a screw on pump valve then you’ll need a little adapter at £7.50 – these valves are only compatible with a push on pump.
Whereas the Reserve valve has its seal at the bottom of the stem, inside the rim, the Hi Flow No Clog has the seal inside the stem, more like a traditional Presta valve. While both claim to be compatible with tyre inserts, the 76 Projects version won’t require the valve to physically move and push up against the insert, so it’ll be interesting to see how this performance compares.
The Hi Flow No Clog valves come supplied with spacers to allow fitting to different rim heights, as well as coming in a range of lengths, meaning there’s more compatibility across rims than the Fillmore, which is restricted to rims 18mm and 28mm deep:
- Size 1 – 15-35mm rim heights
- Size 2 – 30-50mm rim heights
- Size 3 – 45-65mm rim heights
Should you need to, the 76 Projects valves are completely rebuildable for cleaning. They also come in a choice of pink or black.
What do you think? Is the existence of these valves proof that the clogging issue really does exist (what sealant are you non-cloggers using?!)? Why are these valves about the same price as other valves and not £40? Is the need for an adapter for a screw on pump an issue? Do you care at all, and you’re quite happy with your Dunlop valves, thank you very much?
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