Old 09-21-21, 07:19 AM
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The tubeless version of a given tire is usually more expensive, but not extremely so. Itís not like theyíre twice as much. They are a bit more involved setting up initially, but once installed there isnít much more to do. Yes, you occasionally need to refresh the sealant, but thatís about a five minute job once or twice a year. I have a couple wheelsets that I set up tubeless and have never needed a compressor. Maybe I am just lucky.

For a cross bike, I think theyíre really superior. You can run lower pressures and they are good protection against flats from goatheads, which are an issue at a lot of our race venues.

Finally , even if you decide you have no interest in tubeless, thatís no reason to reject this bike if you like it otherwise. You can always put a tube in a tubeless-ready tire.
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