I've really only ever wondered about tubeless--but I have to say, this thread has been cautionary. (sorry)
This thread has done nothing more than point out the absolute downfalls and how to deal with it.Me too. When I have time I will google all the new cockney rhyming slang.
I can pop an innertube in an instant if I chose to... and that would make me have to stop and change it...
We accept that and pretend that is the end of the conversation?
Nope - we could argue latex vs rubber vs slime. Certain rim/tire combos are hard to get apart and others are easy.
Everyone knows someone who once ran tubes and almost died because of stupid something or another....
Tubeless is not a requirement nor is it awful to do. Tubes are not failures and you can get around fine on them.
So that said - consider this...
Tubeless allows lower pressures for a smoother ride and some self sealing awesomeness that can keep you riding when a tube would have died. Tubeless also doesn't get pinch flats - which is brilliant.
The cost of tubeless? Initial setup (1 hour if you are learning) and 2 times or so a year you have to top off sealant (15 minutes).
We can argue brands of sealant and rim tape all day - we could also argue brands of 5W-20 oil.... are you gonna not change your car's oil because of it?