So, I’ve given you these benefits for tubeless.
It rolls quicker, your resistant from a lot of types of punctures, and that it’s pretty
cool to have tubes in your tires. And some disadvantages — like, you can still puncture,
it can be heavier, and you can have other issues. One of the benefits to running tubes
— for those of us who still do run them — one thing is, it’s not as messy. You don’t
have to put sealant and all sorts of stuff like that inside your tires. You can just
put some baby powder in their, or some Talcom to reduce some friction, and be good to go.
The other thing is, a tube can add more support to the sidewall of a tire. So if you have
a tubeless tire, it’s very stiff, and it’s going to always be very stiff. With a tube-type
tire, you can add more air pressure to make the tire a little bit less compliant. You
can put in a thicker tube — a tube with a thicker wall to also effect that. So, what
people find is that, yes there are benefits — lower pressure, that you can run with
a tubeless tire, because you won’t get what’s called a pinch flat, where the tube of the
tire gets pinched down between the tire and the rim. So you can’t do that with one of
these tubeless tires. You can pinch the tire, but if you put a tube in a tire, you can run
lower pressure, as long as you run a really thick tube, and get better deformation and
stuff like that. So, people who change tires a lot, they tend to run tubes, because it’s
a lot easier to change a tube tire, because to get a tubeless tire to inflate, you need
a lot of air really quickly, like from a compressor or a CO2 cartridge. So it really depends.
Somebody like me who has a huge stack of tires for all sorts of different conditions, and
likes to change them — I run tubes. Somebody who has consistent conditions and a tire that
they love — tubeless is definitely the way to go in my opinion.