I’m new to CX and out of touch with MTB, and I use the bike for racing CX only.
I’ve just got a pair of wheels built with the Stans Alpha 340 rims, which are made for tubeless.
I got them used, with the intension of running tubes, but am now thinking about tubeless possibilities, which I’ll try and discuss (from my limited understanding) below:
2 layers of yellow rim tape
Tyres – will my current (non tubeless specific) Schwalbe CX Pro clinchers be ok?
Weight - I’ll obviously save ~260g from a pair of inner tubes, but will add 2 valves and some sealant, and idea what that’s likely to weigh?
Reliability – how reliable will this be? I’ll gain reliability from not having a tube to puncture, but risk burping air? Is there any difference in riding a flat with a tube or without a tube (ie both are impossible) as one of the benefits of a tubular tyre is the ability to ride a flat to the pits for a wheel change.
Ride – will be able to run lower pressures without fear of pinching, and running without tubes should give better feel / performance.
Cost – if I can use my current wheels and tyres then its just some sealant, valves and tape – £20?
Any more thoughts / suggestions or risks appreciated!