For road cyclists, the time for tubeless is now. The technology long has been the dominant setup for mountain biking and now is eclipsing traditional clincher tires for road and gravel cycling. What's more, tubeless is a crucial component of Zipp’s approach of helping riders achieve Total System Efficiency (TSE™) with their wheel-tire systems.
With a tubeless setup, the tire forms an airtight seal with a specially designed rim bed. Since there is no tube to worry about, tubeless eliminates pinch flats, allowing lower tire pressures. Tire sealant, applied during installation, guards against punctures from on-road and off-road debris.