Schrader Valve vs. Presta Valve

How Do I Know Which Valve Is Best For Me?

Zena McCommon-Lukatos

7/13/20231 min read

Recognising the difference between Presta and Schrader valves is easy. Presta valves are longer and slimmer, while the Schrader valve is shorter and thicker. Aside from the proportions, these valves work rather differently, too, in how they inflate, deflate and retain air.

Presta valves have superior compatibility with Schrader. If you are going to be riding with spare valves on adventure gravel or mountain biking weekend, Presta's can be dual-purposed, working on rims shaped for both valve types. With a Schrader valve, you are mainly limited to the rims that it was intended for.