What has Paris Roubaix taught us about modern tire technology?

I’d love to know what tire brand/tube technology had the least amount of punctures this weekend given the extraordinary number of punctures, even in dry conditions. It’s hard to know for sure since there are different combinations of tire technologies even within a team, and the same rider might be riding tubular one minute, and then get a tubeless wheel following a puncture the next minute (or vice versa)

On the flip side, I also wonder if this race is really a good indication of “normal” puncture resistance since most punctures that myself and the vast majority of riders get are from things like glass, thorns, sharp metal objects, etc. – not from riding across huge jagged rocks for hours.

I’m not sold on tubeless yet due to my past experience, but if the technology gets to a point where it truly IS as puncture-resistance as manufacturers claim, then I’d give it another shot.

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Well, it is pretty clear after today that tubeless is not ready for Roubaix. My guess is that most of the flats that occurred today were due to burping vs punctures.

I’d be very interested in seeing which teams ran inserts vs. straight tubeless. I can’t understand why any team would NOT run inserts at Roubaix. The added protection alone would have been enough to sway me, but with the ability to keep riding until you can get a wheel change, it should have been a no-brainer.

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