This was an easy install as a tubeless tire. I've only ridden it a couple of times and it's a significant improvement on the dusty summer trails in Hood River. I ended up replacing both tires because they are working for me that well.
I've tried a few different gravel tires and settled on these. The 40c gives a good ride wgood traction and durability and feels like it rolls faster than others. Im a larger rider and this tire gives a nice ride for me w47-50 psi.
Ive been riding and racing bikes for over 35 years, currently do about 150-200 miles a week. Ive ridden every type of tiretube, tubular combination, but this is my first venture into road tubeless. My last favorite clincher set was Conti GP4000SIIs.
The reviewer that said these ride like wet leaves could it be possible that you were on the old version of this tire? They didnt start with the new Storm 11 compound till around early 2017, you claimed to be riding on them a few years. I do a lot of fast decents, and have multiple criterium races under them, I can say without a doubt these are some of the best handling tires Ive ridden on. Equal too, but probably a little better then the top Continental and Michelin tires. I would say the same for rolling resistance and wear as well. Ive got about 2000 miles on these and the rear is barely looking like I might need to replace soon. I run both tires at 90psi, Im 170lbs. I have the Cosmic Pro Carbon UST wheels.
Now for the important part (punctures) At first I was just running the Mavic sealant (1.5oz) per tire. I did have one big puncture that wouldnt seal over 60psi, it kept breaking loose at higher pressure, but would eventually seal at the lower pressure.
I ended up putting a plug in the tire, and had no issues since.
I also switched to the Orange sealant endurance brand, since this was getting great reviews for higher pressure tires and larger holes. Ive had a total of 5 potential flats that the tires sealed and got me home. Goathead sticker, staple, small nail, all sealed.
The other day I was on the trail, and someone had deliberately broken multiple bottles, probably in an attempt to sabotage cyclists -( it was dark and I couldnt see them till I was right on it. Both tires punctured, -( but within 10 seconds they both sealed, with very little pressure loss, and I was on my way. I actually started laughing because their attempt of trying to flat me was foiled. I thought to myself if I was on my previous tire setup, I would be on the side of the road fixing 2 flat tires, in a relatively bad area, in the dark. So, needless to say, I will never go back to running tubes, as long as these keep performing the way they do. So far, the Mavic UST Yksion tires have never left me stranded, grip great, wear great and are super easy to mount. Great job Mavic!
This rolling resistance review backs up some of my claims
Just passed 5000 miles with a set of Gatorskins. Got a slight flat spot at about 2700 miles, so I flipped back to front. Had one flat so far, a steel belt shard after a Houston rain. I weigh about 205. My training rides are 40 miles, just came in from a 50 miles ride with club from bike shop. I inflate to 90 psi on front, 100 psi rear wheel. I'm sure I could go at least another 1500 miles on these, but a couple of months ago I bought some Four Season on half price sale. I know Gatorskins are a little heavier, a little stiffer, but they are exactly what I wanted.