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Old 06-02-23, 10:42 AM
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Tpu vs tubeless

i'am using the tpu tubes on my roadbike and they works fine.
i was wondering is the puncture resistance can be a good or better than tubeless.

has anyone tested yet?
or the tubeless setup is the tier god upgrade with no contenders?

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There really is no alternative to a good tubeless setup.

Here is an example from the gravel world.

A few weeks ago I did a very large event near me. I didnít see a single person off to the side fixing a tire. Not one. Iím not saying there wasnít a flat but there werenít many. Itís because tubeless has been fully adopted.

I mountain bike in a very popular area. Again, no flats anywhere. Iíve seen plenty of mechanical issues but people just arenít getting flats.

At the end of my rip roaring descent a few days ago, I noticed a tiny weep of sealant on both front and rear tires. Pinprick lava rock at high speed. With a tube? Iím sure I would have had two flat tires. I didnít even have to add air.

TPU in mountain bike sizes are just to get you back to the car, cautiously. I would be afraid to leave the parking lot rolling TPUís.

I donít use one as a spare because Iím certain that the $35 tube will never leave my fanny pack, since the only thing tubeless canít handle is a sidewall cut. I carry some boot material and a butyl tube. Never used it.
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While there are arguably pros and cons when it comes to Road and Gravel use (each year tipping more to the ďproĒ side), for MTB the debate is largely settled. Unless you have some specific reason for running tubes (like constantly changing tires) tubeless is the default. Fewer flats (both from punctures and pinch flats), and the kinks have been worked out long ago and it is pretty hassle free.
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