Going tubeless can have plenty of frustrations but getting the tyres to seat is the main one – the Airshot solves this problem in an instant.
Tubeless tyre set-ups have become increasingly popular over the last few years due to the following advantages: The ability to reliably run lower pressures, increased puncture resistance, and an overall reduction in weight. Many production bikes have tubeless compatible rims as standard spec and with the addition of tubeless rim tape, sealant and the appropriate tyres can, in theory, make this switch an affordable and noticeable upgrade.
Many riders still hesitate to get involved with tubeless as it’s an area that’s seen as quite hit and miss – especially with larger volume or looser fitting tyres, even if they are labelled ‘tubeless ready’ or UST tubeless. It’s not just trail or enduro bikes that are getting set up as tubeless though, more DH and gravity riders are using it to their advantage too.
The one major downside associated with the use of tubeless, which can outweigh the benefits, is tubeless inflation. The thought of struggling to mount a tyre on the bead with a track pump, or using expensive CO2 cartridges, to inevitably give up and take the wheels to a bike shop or track down a compressor, can get the best of us down. Of course, those of you with a well-equipped workshop may well have a compressor handy, but this is OK for home use – but what if you are away at a race, stuck in a muddy field and want to change tyres for different conditions? With tubeless, if in doubt, you’ll leave them alone and crack on with tyres that were fitted when you arrived – not always ideal.
Getting a tubeless system fully up and running can be difficult at the best of times, however with the use of the Airshot inflator the seating of tyres become simple. It works with a standard track pump, which most of you will own and is a portable addition to your kit.