December 2, 2020

BASF, Schwalbe, roll out ‘puncture-resistant’ TPU bicycle tubes

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany—BASF is helping to make the bicycle tube better.

BASF S.E. has partnered with German bicycle tire manufacturer Schwalbe on a new generation of bicycle tubes with a “whole new level of puncture safety,” BASF said in an Oct. 9 statement.

The Aerothan bicycle tube, which launched Oct. 8, is based entirely on BASF’s Elastollan-branded TPUs and is 100 percent recyclable, BASF said.

Billed as a high-end alternative to conventional bicycle tubes, the lightweight product also offers high handling performance and ease of assembly.

The tubes are roughly 40 percent lighter than the established alternatives on the market and combine BASF’s materials expertise and Schwalbe’s processing technologies, BASF said.

All parts of the new tube, including the valve stem, are made entirely of TPUs, which are highly resistant to abrasion and wear while being light, flexible, elastic and heat resistant. The tubes are designed around a “specially developed material

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