Vegetalex is a revolutionary tyre sealant, biodegradable and totally plastic free: great for the environment, long lasting, and providing a high degree of puncture protection for tubeless, tubular and inner-tube applications.
It’s important to shake Vegetalex bottle well before injecting the sealant into tyres.
If extra protection is needed – for example taking a multiple days ride on rocky, thorny terrain – we suggest adding 30 ml of product to the recommended quantity.
Why we developed it
Our tyre sealant Caffélatex has a strong palmarès of victories to demonstrate its performance, together with a solid and constantly growing base of happy users, worldwide. As we should all do our best to reduce our impact on the environment, we started working on a plant-based sealant that was both good with nature and very effective – similar to Caffélatex – against punctures. It took us more than two years of development, but we can now say Végétalex has exceeded our expectations.
Plant-based puncture repairing ingredients
Most tyre sealants employ slowly biodegradable liquid polymers (like natural or synthetic latex) to repair punctures; Végétalex instead contains only plant-based particles and fibers – finely ground olive stones and cellulose fibers – to deliver a tremendous puncture clogging effect. This mix, held together by xanthan gum (produced from simple sugars), fixes punctures ranging from small tyre porosities to bigger cuts (up to 5 mm) fast and in a permanent way.
Durability was one of the priorities for the “Vegetalex” project. As it doesn’t rely on the solidification of a liquid polymer to fix punctures, rather on a sophisticated mix of different shapes and sizes of natural particles with xanthan gum, Végétalex has a long ‘active’ lifespan inside tyres. Starting at 3 months in worst-case scenarios (very porous tyres in hot weather and small quantity of sealant), Végétalex will keep repairing punctures for more than 6 months inside most tyres. This makes it also suitable for inner-tube applications.
Vegetalex has been finely tuned to obtain a high mobility, so that a small quantity goes a long way in terms of coverage of the inner surface of the tyre. For Vegetalex, we suggest using about 20% more than the quantities recommended by the iCaffelatex app for Caffelatex. As an example, for a 29×2.10 (54-622) tubeless-ready tyre iCaffelatex recommends a minimum of 70 ml (approx. 2 1⁄2 oz.) of Caffélatex or 84 ml (approx. 3 oz.) of Vegetalex.
Compatible with the use of CO2 cartridges
Vegetalex isn’t damaged by the use of CO2 cartridges.
Biodegradable and totally plastic free
Vegetalex doesn’t contain ammonia or other aggressive chemicals, nor is it toxic or corrosive. Vegetalex doesn’t contain macro or micro plastics, no rubber particles (please note: recycled rubber decomposes very slowly!), no aramid fibers (that will remain in the environment for a long time…): all the ingredients of Vegetalex are highly biodegradable. Vegetalex doesn’t trigger allergic reactions in people who are allergic to products made with natural rubber latex. However, it may contain traces of nut.
Note: As with all other sealants, oxidation of aluminum rims can happen (because of the water content) if the metal rim surface is not painted/protected or covered by tubeless rim strip or tape.
Being able to ‘forget’ about tyre sealant is the dream of tubeless tyre users. Especially those of us who don’t ride too often, wondering whether the sealant is still liquid inside our tyres (or not) is a worry that can spoil the pleasure of a ride. We say that Vegetalex is ideal for e-bikes because e-bikers often have to deal with more complex machines, batteries, and electronics; a sealant that’s low maintenance is surely a welcome change. Using more structured tyres, like those specific for e-bikes, Végétalex will easily last a full season of riding, so that you can spend less time doing bicycle maintenance and more time riding.Easy to clean
Vegetalex doesn’t contain pigments or quickly solidifying polymers so it is very easy to remove from surfaces. Even when dry, Vegetalex can be cleaned with soapy water and a brush.
Vegetalex is available in 1000 ml bottles.
Usage and storage temperatures and tips
Usage: -20/+50°C (-4/+122°F)
Storage: -15/+30°C (+5/+86°F)
Vegetalex will last 2 years after the bottle is first open, provided the bottle is closed properly, stored away from direct sunlight, and the storage temperature is within the range stated above.
Effetto Mariposa has been developing, fine tuning its own sealants and checking on competitors’ sealants for more than ten years. In the end, the main parameters are just four:
Other notable features of tyre sealants are the ability to clean the sealant from tyres and surfaces, and the compatibility with CO2 cartridges.
Caffelatex and Vegetalex - How do they compare?
1. Puncture repairing speed
4.5/5 – Caffelatex relies mainly on the solidification of a liquid polymer to fix punctures. As it turns to foam inside tyres, it’s very evenly spread and it is right on the spot when a damage occurs. The constant fine tuning of Caffélatex formula – thanks to years of feedback of world-class racers – has made it a reference for fast, reliable flat protection.
4/5 – Vegetalex uses a mix of natural fibers and particles, plus Xanthan gum, to repair flats. While its movements inside the tyre are not as fast as Caffelatex, Végétalex tends to create an even layer on the inner surface of the tyre: the moment air escapes from a puncture, the viscous layer of Vegetalex is dragged inside the hole by the air flow, immediately starting to clog it.
2. Added weight per wheel
5/5 – It’s very difficult to beat Caffelatex in terms of efficiency, as a small quantity of this sealant will protect a big surface.
4/5 – Vegetalex has been finely tuned to obtain a high mobility, so that a small quantity goes a long way in terms of coverage of the inner surface of the tyre. Anyway, for Vegetalex, we suggest using about 20% more than the quantities recommended for Caffelatex.
3/5 – Being known for its light weight and race-ready formula, Caffelatex has been optimised more for high performance rather than extreme durability.
4.5/5 – Vegetalex, as it doesn’t rely on the solidification of a liquid polymer to fix punctures, has a long ‘active’ lifespan inside tyres. Starting at 3 months in worst-case scenarios (very porous tyres in hot weather and small quantity of sealant), Vegetalex will keep repairing punctures for more than 6 months inside most tyres. This makes it also suitable for inner-tube applications.
4. Environmental friendliness
2.5/5 – Caffelatex, based on synthetic latex, doesn’t contain ammonia (not even traces of it) or other aggressive chemicals, nor any toxic ingredient.
5/5 – Also Vegetalex doesn’t contain ammonia or any aggressive or toxic chemicals. Further to that, Végétalex doesn’t contain macro or micro plastics, no rubber particles: all its ingredients are highly biodegradable. Végétalex doesn’t trigger allergic reactions in people who are allergic to products made with natural rubber latex. However, it may contain traces of nut.
Easy to clean and CO2 friendly?
Vegetalex doesn’t contain pigments or quickly solidifying polymers so it is very easy to remove from surfaces. Even when dry, Végétalex can be cleaned with soapy water and a brush. This is unfortunately not the case with Caffelatex and other latex-based sealants, requiring specific cleaning products.
Vegetalex isn’t damaged by the use of CO2 cartridges: even if frozen, it will revert to its original functioning as soon as the temperature increases. Caffelatex will instead be damaged by the use of CO2 cartridges, unless the valve is at 12 o clock and the sealant has had time to flow away from it.
Shaking and other good-to-know tips
It’s important to shake Vegetalex bottle well before injecting the sealant into tyres, to make sure fibers and particles are evenly spread.
Caffelatex, on the other hand, should not be shaken, to avoid having it turn into foam and becoming very difficult to measure. Simply turning Caffelatex bottle upside down a couple of times will provide all the mixing it will ever need.
Effetto Mariposa was born in 2007 with Giustaforza, the first torque wrench specially designed for cycling. Why did we do it? Because we think that every bicycle equipped with high-end components deserves a professional maintenance, with professional tools. After more than ten years, Giustaforza is still the benchmark in the industry.
Today, Effetto Mariposa specializes in bicycle torque wrenches, accessories for tubeless tyres, visco-elastic protective films and much more. Everything is designed and developed for cycling purpose. Effetto Mariposa is located just outside Lugano, Cantone Ticino (Switzerland).