Silca Gives Those Pesky Valve Stem Extenders the Silent Treatment

silca valve extenders for presta valve bicycle tubes

Silca’s new Presta valve extenders’ clever use of elastomers and sealants put an end to the annoying rattle inside the rim hole and prevent air leaks.

On the outside, an elastomer ring is designed to sit snugly inside the rim’s valve hole and hold it firmly in place. That prevents it from rattling around until your nerves are shot, and it’s a good sight more attractive than electrical tape. You’ll need to measure the distance from valve hole exit to the inner rim bed and figure out the difference between that and you current tubes’ valve length to make sure it all lines up, but your sanity is worth it.

On the inside, they worked with a company that specializes in thread sealing to coat the inner threads so they seal tightly against the tube’s valve threads. Then, they added elastomeric gaskets at both ends of the interface to further plug the joint. The result is no air loss. Or at least no more than you’d get with just the regular tube.

But wait, there’s more…

silca valve extenders for presta valve bicycle tubes

They’re available in two versions, the FVC (Fixed Valve Core, shown above) and RVC (Removable Valve Core, at top of post). The FVC threads over the stock valve, leaving the head twisted open to accept air. The top of the extension has threads, allowing it to be used with the current crop of thread-on floor and hand pumps.

The RVC threads directly into the stock valve and repositions the valve core at its top.

They both retail for $34 for package of 2 extensions. FVC comes in 45, 60 and 75mm; RVC comes in 34, 45, 60 and 75mm. The thread sealant is not a thread locking compound, so they say they’re reusable, too. Made in USA, available now.

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Comments

Rico - 07/01/14 - 12:11am

That was a good invention by Silca. No more tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap…

Or at least no more ugly fixes for it.

Jason - 07/01/14 - 12:42am

It’s about time somebody give this simple accessory the attention they needed.

Dave Mohr - 07/01/14 - 2:48am

The smartest brain in cycling turned his thoughts to valve extenders…BOOM!

GOLD

mianos - 07/01/14 - 5:14am

A great idea. Also, heat shrink tubing can be used to make a valve cover to slide on just at the rim line line in any colour.

Ck - 07/01/14 - 8:10am

A bit costly, but worth it to not have to use electrical tape.

chuck - 07/01/14 - 9:13am

I use tubes with extended valves and wrap tiny rubber bands around the valve stem where it comes out of the rim. I don’t have to worry about extenders and the rubber bands fit neatly into the hole in the rim. $2 for a bag of 500, I’ll never run out.

CXisfun - 07/01/14 - 9:22am

I’m also doing the heat shrink bit, super easy. This is a classy fix, though

Wimmy - 07/01/14 - 3:50pm

Brilliant! Way to go Josh!!

Christian - 07/01/14 - 6:09pm

Or just wrap pulbling tape round existing valves…

Pacific - 07/01/14 - 10:42pm

This is expected from the engineer guy from Zipp who bought Silca.

We’ll see more cool stuff like this I’m sure.

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