Do any of you ever wonder why there hasn't been a solution to flat tires, especially for the likes of World Cup DH and XC teams? While watching live feeds of PMB Cairns and seeing the Fort William BDS photos, I couldn't help but wonder how a flat tire could ruin an Elite pro's race run these days. The teams/companies spend so much money every year going from race to race, the riders train their asses off and risk their lives for a podium, yet a $2 tube or a burp in a tubeless can blow the entire race weekend. Titles and championships are lost because of flat tires. We have $10,000 bikes that can't keep air in the tires if they're hit just right.
Is it the lack of performance/handling/grip that a system could compromise? Is it cost? Materials?
I know there is/was Le System by Michelin that helped riders finish a run and Schwalbe has their new dual chambered system (Danny flatted at Ft Bill BDS and didn't have the dual chambered system...why?). Syndicate (and maybe others) messed with (and possibly still mess with) sew-ups.
I guess if I was sending a handful of athletes around the world (or was an athlete being sent around the world) and all that effort was blitzed by a flat tire, I'd want to gouge my eyes out.