blybo wrote:The only REAL advantage in tubeless is negating pinch flats. I understand why it's so great for mtb use but on the road??? Meh.
You seem to think that's a small advantage - it isn't! It's a big deal!
Because indeed, I don't get flats anymore. I like to ride beyond mobile range and those roads get rough, so maximising reliability is incredibly important. And the lower tyre pressure makes for great descending.
If you pinch flat on the road often enough to look for solutions your tyre pressures are WAY too low and would also be slowing you down.
Lower pressures mountain biking are VERY beneficial, so tubeless makes sense, but on the road low pressures a hindrance. I would like to think I've travelled around 40-50K road riding since I got back into cycling, I'm big boned and yet I have never pinch flatted a tyre (running 100-110 psi on 23mm tyres) and often ridden in rural areas where road surfaces are coarse too... I head up to the high country and around Merimbula several times each year with my bike.
Look at the marketing spiels from HED or Zipp regarding wider rims, the hype is true and you still get to choose whatever tyre you like, not just Hutchinson.
It seems that you are purely having a good run with punctures of late, I'd only get 3-4 per year and it's almost always caused by glass and I run racing tyres. Maybe the tyres you are running are a tougher casing as well. I've heard a few people say they didn't like tubeless tyres ride because the tyre itself was too hard...