Originally Posted by at_nyc
So what's the catch?
I mean, look at this years Tour de France, what percentage of riders are riding tubeless? What are they waiting for?
In the Tour de France, the catch is that they weigh far more than a $5000 set of sew-ups. They were used by some of the Shimano sponsored teams in the Tour and they were also used quite a bit in the classics this year.
As for mountainbike, yes I am on tubeless. I have been since 2004. I have 5 sets of tubeless wheels and have only had a flat on one of them that was at DH park and the tire was ripped open by skidding over a nail sticking out of a wooden jump when the rider in front of me stopped. In addition to that, yes the ride is better. They do weigh more than the lightest of light tubes wheels. I don't know if this is 100% correct or not, but I was told by a WC mechanic that a MTB WC has not been won on a tubed tire since '99 or something like that.
Anyway, I think roadtubeless rocks especially for the recreational rider. The drawback to it has been very limited choices on rims and tires, but that is slowly improving.