If you're looking for Galactik's then Acycles have the Tubeless HDE for £30 in 23mm but the newer 11storm versions are a lot dearer ...https://www.acycles.co.uk/road/tyres/ty ... 1/yes.html
Really though, it comes down to cost and availability. If I can get a half decent tubeless tyre for under £30 and not have to struggle to find them at that price I'm back on board - right now, I'm out.
I haven't experienced any of these issues yet after 5000+ km with tubeless setup but it's understandable that people are having problems since not every combination of wheel/tire is optimal and a lot of people try ghetto solutions.
No technology is perfect but the good thing about tubeless is if it doesn't work for you the wheels can work with tubes so there is no value loss as far as wheels go.
With Continental's 5000 TL tire coming out and if tubeless gets wider adoption maybe the technology improves for setups that don't work great yet, but we have recommended the optimal setups quite a few times on this forum although people who are having issues don't seem to be using these setups.
It's like using a carbon fiber bike from 10 years ago and complaining about the material, compared to today's options.
I remember ugo you gave up on tubeless after getting a clogged valve. It happens but take 30 seconds to sort out.
So what tires are you using tubed, and you don't get punctures with them? Doesn't make sense since there are tubeless tires with identical puncture protection.
Tubeless needn't be that more expensive.
During last year's Black Friday sales I bought 2 x Fusion 5 Performance + 2 x Fusion 5 All Seasons from Acycles for a total of £60.25 delivered, so £15 per tyre. I rode the with All Seasons on my winter bike and the Performance on the good bike and I have not had a single puncture that needed anything other than a top up of air (once in 9k+ miles). The ride quality is excellent and both sets of tyres are still going strong.
Bobones' memory is also short... I also bought Padrone on black friday but they were 50 for the pair and not 40, which is still very good value, but stocking up on tyres once per year is not everyone's idea of fun. There is also a warranty problem in buying stock too much in advance
As for the Tesa tape, I used to buy rolls of it when I was building wheels... it's not very good... much thinner and more fragile than Stans and not very sticky on metal either.
Bearing in mind a tiny rupture in the tape can render the all tubeless setup completely useless, I'd say good quality tape is actually a must.
7) stopping to top up with air- why would you even think about doing that
Yes, but 20 psi over a day or two is not normal IMO. There's either a small leak from the tape or the necessary sealant to for tubeless ready tyres has not been used. I sometimes spray my wheels with soapy water from a hand sprayer to check for leaks, but even if there are a few bubbles visible at the valve, the tyres don't lose air as quickly as you say.
Anyway, until next Tuesday, the Maxxis online shop has 23 mm Padrones @ £20 each, and 25 and 28 mm @ £25 including shipping.