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i find tubeless benefits to be attractive: no pinch flats, weight-consciousness. but another perceived benefit of tubeless tires is that they allow you to run lower tire pressures for increased traction. when i run my tubed tires somewhat soft i feel like i'm going mad trying to pedal against the increased rolling resistance. inflating the tires back up to a reasonable range gives me life again. lower tire pressure makes me fatigue twice as fast.

when running lower pressure with tubeless, do you feel as slow as you do when running lower pressure with tubed tires? or is it basically the same game -- sacrificing speed and efficiency for traction?
 

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Not really

You get less rolling resistance with tubeless at the same pressure.
 

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No tube means no tube/sidewall friction at the contact patch, hence lower rolling resistance at the same pressure, and a bit more traction for the same reason.
 
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