Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Southern California
Bikes: 2009 Specialized Roubaix Pro - Ultegra Drive train - Dura Ave 7900 C24 TLs
I have almost 9,000 miles on tubeless tires.
I have the Dura Ace 7900 C24 TL wheels
7,500 miles on Hutchinson Fusion 3 tubeless
1,500 miles on Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tubeless
So far I like the Schwalbe tires a bit better than the Fusion 3s, easier to install and they do seem to spin up a bit easier. The Fusions are good wearing tires; I averaged a bit over 3,000 miles on then. And they are definitely harder to mount on the C24s. Time will tell how durable the Schwalbe tires are. If I get 2,500 miles on the rear Schwalbe I will be satisfied.
I did have had one flat on the road with the Fusion tires. Yes, it was harder to install the tube than a regular clincher but I got it done. A good sized cut in the sidewall. I did use Gorilla Glue and it sealed so well I had a very hard time seeing where the cut has been. So I was able to save the tire.
And I had one good size cut in a Schwalbe but the Caffe Latex did seal the tire, so no real flat, jsu a slow leak. I did have to stop twice and add some air using my Road morph, but by the time I was home, around 12 miles, the tire was 100 % sealed.
The reason I went tubeless is that unfortunately I cannot run larger than 23c tires, so tubeless is a great option for me. I am 180 lbs and I am running 80 front, 90 in the rear and the ride is very very nice.
Yes, there is more overhead with tubeless, the sealant does dry out, so check it every 4 to 6 weeks. Cleaning the dried sealant out the rims when changing tires is a pain and time consuming.
The Dura Ace 7900 C24s are susceptible to ‘pitting’ from sealant, but so far it appears to only be cosmetic.
And yes, I do ask myself why I continue to ride tubeless, it is more work, but one flat in 9,000 miles, and the ride quality keeps me ridding on tubeless.