Evans own-brand inner tubes... DO NOT BUY!

by JackBuxton   May 31, 2014  


Today i bought two of Evans cycles inner tubes for the seemingly good price of £4.99 (I'm an unemployed student before any of you slate me for being cheap)

Anyway, to cut a long story short, one of the tubes had two punctures in, and the other one exploded at 95 PSI (there wasn't a recommended PSI on the box!) Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry

I live 35 miles away from the closest Evans store (Bristol), so returning them over £10 is not financially viable.

I sent them a strongly worded email a few moments ago, i will keep you updated on how things unfold (or inflate!)

(Definitely wouldn't recommend if you hadn't already guessed)

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I can recommend these


Today, I had a high speed pothole pinch puncture where the tyre blew out and the continental inner tube remained intact !

posted by arfa [651 posts]
31st May 2014 - 19:28


Not a fan of Evans, going on friends experience with them so wouldn't buy their own branded stuff. As for tubes it's Continental or Specialized for me on the road bike.

posted by Shep73 [211 posts]
31st May 2014 - 19:45


the recommended psi comes from the tyre not the innertube.

Exploding tubes are normally because the tyre has not been seated or fitted correctly during the tube change process. Also a compressor can cause it to inflate too quickly before seating correctly (no idea if you used a pump or compressor)

as for the punctured one i assume you didn't use tyre leavers to fit them, a lot of folk use them to fit the tyre and this can cause the tube to burst/puncture/rip, failing that it could be some cheeky customer has returned a punctured tube to them (believe it or not its not uncommon).

i would doubt its the quality of the tube if im honest.

posted by Lost faith in t... [120 posts]
1st June 2014 - 10:54


Tubes are a rather mature technology, and they probably buy them from the same manufacturer as all the other 'own brands'

And as the fella says, it's the tyre that has the pressure limit, not the tube.

All Campag

posted by Flying Scot [893 posts]
1st June 2014 - 11:43


The puncture wasn't caused by a lever for sure, was tiny (To be fair it could have just been an old returned tube)

And the exploding tube, the tyres i have start at a recommended PSI of 85, but this was almost un-rideable - felt majorly unsafe! felt almost flat.

Not going to lie, they did feel cheap compared to the Conti's that i usually get that are £9.99 from my LBS. Sticking with them next time.

Pffft Gears, who needs them

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posted by JackBuxton [44 posts]
1st June 2014 - 12:05

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by the sounds of it then the tyre wasnt fitted/seated correctly or there was maybe a twist in the tube during fitting.


did it look like that?

its very hard for a tube to burst/explode if it is fully covered by the tyre and rim and within the tyres stated psi range.

all tyres will have a factor of safety also so if the max is 120 psi technically speaking you could go over it slightly and the tyre and tube would be ok but i would advise against this obviously.

just make sure its being fitted correctly especially when you are forking out £10 for a tube.

and also forgot to say, make sure your checking the inside of the tyre for any sharp thorns, pieces of glass etc

good luck Smile

posted by Lost faith in t... [120 posts]
1st June 2014 - 12:14


The tube and the tyre was fitted exactly the same as i have done it many times before, and I've never had this problem before. On second inspection (after the red mist had subsided, it seemed like the burst had occurred down the seam of the tube.

Pffft Gears, who needs them

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posted by JackBuxton [44 posts]
1st June 2014 - 12:32

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im not so sure, im just going by how you described it as "exploding"

im just trying to explain that this cant happen inside the tyre, it would have to come out.

maybe you would rather hear it from sheldon brown than myself


im not doubting you have done it many times perfectly before, mistakes do happen.

either way we both agree you need a new tube Big Grin

posted by Lost faith in t... [120 posts]
1st June 2014 - 12:44

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Oh for pity sake calm down. It's part of cycling, bloody annoying I know. Over the last decade I've exploded Michelin, Continental, Hutchinson, Specialized, Kenda and few no named 5 for a tenner. One went at 40psi as I pumped it.

If you are saying the other was punctured when you took it out of the box, that's pretty poor.

Silly question, why were you changing tubes anyway?

posted by Yorkshie Whippet [487 posts]
1st June 2014 - 17:05

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Like the others have said. Sounds like a incorrectly seated tyre/tube rather than a tube failure per se. They dont explode, but leak if defective.

Lucky it wasn't an expensive inner tube.

posted by indyjukebox [53 posts]
1st June 2014 - 20:35

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On the subject of own brand tubes I bought some BTwin they b in the bin now compared to branded they lost pressure very quickly, basically shit tubes, gone back to leisure lakes who sell 3 specialised for a tenner, though I don't like specialised as a company it's a bargain. I think the tone of replies are patronising. I think you sound sensible enough to know how to fit a tube. As for the exploding tube I guess it could have been a faulty seem, manufacturers make mistakes as well as riders, don't see why people think it must be your fault but then they probably know best, about everything.

It's cross season go race

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posted by Beefy [359 posts]
1st June 2014 - 22:33


thanks for the heads up!

posted by madcyclist [3 posts]
4th June 2014 - 13:29