In the cycling world’s never-ending quest for better aerodynamics, more and more road bike manufacturers are choosing to fit wheels with high-profile rims (often referred to as deep section).
Although it’s possible to buy inner tubes with extra long valve stems, a lot of standard inner tubes don’t include valves of sufficient length to clear such rims and still allow for a pump to attach, hence the need for a valve extension.
Valve extenders are typically inexpensive but finding a reliable one is paramount if you want to avoid frustration when faced with a deflated tyre.
Keep reading to find our pick of the most popular valve extenders out there.
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Continental Valve Extension Kit
Specifically intended to fit Continental tyres, these valve extenders screw into the core of any of the brand’s Presta valves. You can choose the length to suit your current rims, as the pack comes in sizes of 30mm, 40mm and 60mm.
Fouriers Tubeless Presta Valve Extender Kit
This kit from Fouriers includes two black valve extenders and one red core tool to help you fit them. They’re made from high-quality CNC aluminium, and come in lengths of 40mm and 60mm.
Halfords Metal Valve Tyre Extenders
If you’re after an affordable option, why not try Halfords’ popular 40mm valve extenders? They’re the cheapest ones on our list, and you’ll get four in the pack, each with an external thread for attaching accessories easily.
LifeLine Valve Extensions for Non-Removable VC
These valve extenders are designed to fit Presta valves with non-removable cores. Ideal for tyres with particularly deep rims, they’re 60mm in length. Plus, the top of the valve is textured, so it should stay secure when the wheel is in motion.
Road Bike Valve Extenders
Suitable for shallower wheel rims, these valve extenders from Decathlon measure 29mm in length. They’re compatible with Presta valves and are made with aluminium and rubber.
Topeak Presta Valve Extender
Fitted with an o-ring seal, these 60mm valve extenders from Topeak are designed to limit air leaks once you’ve inflated your tyres. You can use them with any Presta valve and they’re made from solid aluminium.