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IMHO, unless you're racing, they're more of a status symbol than anything else! The wheels + tires weight is about equal due to the tires being beefed up to resist punctures (sp?). I know that the availability is increasing as more manufacturer's jump into the "Tubeless" craze, but I guess I'm becoming a grouch and I have no complaints with the tire selection of "Tubed" tires and the traction they provide!
I test rode a pair of the Mavic Crossmax Tubeless and they looked great and rolled very smoothly. Did they offer any significant advantage and performance improvement? Not really! But they looked great and only cost $800 USD. Needless to say, I'd save my $ or spend it on a pair of Chris King Disc-o-tec wheelset!
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