wintershade wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:21 am
ColnagoJohn wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:07 pm
Hi guys, ive been running bora 50's on gp5000 clinchers this season and ive really liked the ride of them, best clincher tyres ive ever had.
For next year ive got bora wto 45 which of course are capable of going tubeless, question is do i bother making the leap? its for every day riding but also road racing too. IF i go for gp5000tl tyres but dont like tubeless, can i just put inner tubes into these tyres?
any thoughts appreciated
Why don't you just give it a try and decide for yourself? It's not like it's some kind of irreversible decision like circumcision or something. When you're due for new tires, buy the GP5K in TL variant, but a $25 set of tubeless valve stems and sealant, stick some bacon strips in your saddle bag, and you're good to go. If you like it, great. If you don't, switch back when you need your next set of tires or just chuck them. Worst case it was a fun $125 experiment. Best case you're a convert.
Hi John, I second wintershade's view on self-discovery and self-learning, which is part of the fun in cycling!!
But to provide more insights (can't beat Dim's sharing - it was splendid sharing), I've started with TL trial in 2013 with Shimano DuraAce C24 tubeless wheelset and Schwalbe PRO 1 23C tubeless tires. Didn't like it then, too time-consuming, messy and can't really feel any difference in puncture resistance or ride comfort.
2012 - 2015 Mostly on Highend Tubular tires
2015 - 2018 Switch back to Clinchers for the lower running costs and ease of tire replacement
2018 - 2019 Clincher with either Latex or Tubolito tubes
Mid 2019 onwards - GP5000TL 25C Tubeless setup with WTO45 (which is what you are going for) and next will be Schwalbe PRO One TT . . .
The 1st ride experience with the GP5K TL on the WTO is simply amazing, the ride comfort is so apparent right from the get-go, puncture resistance untested yet, but I really like the feel and speed of the bike compared to whatever I've rode with before....it even surpassed Michelin Competition Clincher with Vittoria Latex tubes (that was the best combo I ever had for comfort and speed). Only rode it 3 times (as I have a few bikes) and bike was hung up awaiting for new parts to mod it further.
I think you are going to like it.....Give it a shot.......