In light of the controversy about our recent statistic that 38% of mountain bikers, somehow, are still running tubes, we thought you guys might find GMBN’s latest video entertaining. In this vid, Neil goes through the Whistler lift line and conducts an informal poll to see who’s running tubes, and who’s tubeless.
Spoiler Alert: GMBN found a radically higher percentage of people running tubes in the Whistler lift line than we found in our poll. Of the 100 people they surveyed, 78% were running tubes! Granted, they only talked to 78 and we gathered data from over 4,000, so their limited sample size could play into the difference.
However, it is worth noting that on a downhill bike, it’s much easier to run a bombproof tubed setup than on an XC or trail bike, because you can run extra-strength heavy-duty tubes that weigh a ton, but aren’t going to really penalize you in the DH park. But if you have to pedal that bike up hill? Ultra-heavy DH tubes are immediately noticeable, even over standard tubes. And compared to tubeless? Well, there’s no comparison!