I'll be needing a new set of tires in the next month or so. After realizing my A23 rims are tubeless compatible, I'm thinking of giving it a shot. The question is, is the added complexity of tubeless worth it?
This will be on my Space Horse, which probably sees 49% pavement, 49% gravel, and 2% singletrack. The main areas I'd be looking for improvement in are :
- Fewer flats - I only have maybe 1 ever 1,000 miles or so, but it would be nice to have less. I did have to walk my bike about 8 miles this summer when I ran out of tubes - not fun.
- Less of a need to change tire pressure. Many of my rides are varied surface with lots of pavement, so I end up changing the pressure anywhere from 55 - 85 psi during the course of the ride. This takes a lot of effort for a 40c tire (going from from 55 to 85 psi), even with a frame pump. It would be nice to run a single, lower pressure and not have to mess with it.
Will a tubeless conversion be an improvement in any of these areas? Does the pavement rolling resistance suffer when running a tubeless tire at low pressure vs. a tubed tire at higher pressure? Some of my rides have significant pavement stretches in them, so minimizing rolling resistance is pretty important to me.