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Airshot tubeless inflator

Quicker and easier tyre seating - without the frustration

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.

 

The Airshot, is an air bottle that you charge effortlessly using a normal track pump to around a pressure of 130psi. After attaching the pump head to the valve on your wheel you are all set to inflate and seat your tyre, regardless of its volume – from skinny winter mud tyres through to the new wave of three inch ‘Plus’ rubber. Turn the release tap, and a fast, high volume shot of air is released to instantly mount the tyre onto the bead. Effortless and without the usual frustrations and mess. It’s quick, efficient and unlike many home-made alternatives is reliable and is going to last.

There’s very little to dislike about this product. We had some comments about it not standing up when in use but this doesn’t affect the function of the product – just prime it with air and lay it down on the floor once the adapter is connected to the valve on your wheel.

There are a few other tyre seating options on the market notably the Bontrager TLR Flash Charger a product pick in our 2016 Dirt 100 – but this is just short of £100 and will make your current track pump redundant. The Airshot is a cheaper option, and once tried, is a piece of kit that you’ll take with you on a road trip as well as using at home.

As with all tubeless kit, the prices often seem a touch high, whether it’s the self-adhesive rim tapes, specific valves or the sealing solution – but the end result, if reliably set up, is a game-changer and well worth the investment. The Airshot is indeed worth the initial outlay and has just seen a reduction in price by £10. It’s a great addition to your tool box or kitbag.

NEW LOWER PRICE: £49.99

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