Airshot - Review

Mar 23, 2016
by Paul Aston  
Airshot Review

Airshot was born in South Wales where its designer was looking for an easy way to inflate stubborn tubeless tires without the need for a compressor. It's simply a blue metal canister that can be inflated to as high as 130psi via its presta valve using a standard track pump. The hose is then attached to the presta valve of a tubeless tire to dump a large volume of air in an instant to help seat stubborn tires. The canister can be taken onto planes in checked baggage (de-pressurized), and is handy to keep in a vehicle for quick inflation at events. The Airshot weighs 435 grams and costs $100 USD / £59.99. www.airshotltd.com

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Inflate the Airshot to 130psi when the valve is in the closed position
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Turn the blue valve and hey presto.


Performance

You can inflate the Airshot using any normal track pump, or even a mini-pump if necessary, but for safety reasons, a compressor is not recommended. Once pressurized to 130psi (recommended max. is 160psi), screw in the metal valve/chuck onto your tubeless presta valve and turn the blue valve 90º to release the air; twisting this valve will quickly dump a large volume of air at high speed and should promptly seat even the most tenacious tubeless tires. 130psi in the 1.15L bottle translates to 25-30psi in your tire, depending upon your tire and rim combination. If you have a particularly stubborn tire or a gunked-up valve, you can remove the valve core from your tubeless valve and use the adaptor supplied, which screws into the valve itself. I have inflated a number of tubeless tires with the Airshot and it has yet to fail me. Construction is sturdy, finish is top notch, and the metal hardware and components feel like they should hold up for a number of years.


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This metal chuck will screw onto a presta valve safely and securely.


Why don't I just make one myself out of a coke bottle or fire extinguisher?

Well, you can if you want, and nobody is forcing you to drop £60 on a blue can; but this does involve sourcing the parts you need, drilling, sealing and the possibility of blowing your own face off if something goes wrong. Of course, this route could work out a lot cheaper, but many people prefer not to trudge the aisles of the local hardware store when they can put their plastic fantastic into use and have the finished unit turn up in the post. I'm the kind of guy who isn't a great mechanic and I like my face, so making something like this at home doesn't float my boat. Plus the Airshot is pretty, may match your bike or accessories and should last for the remainder of your cycling career.


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Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThe Airshot does exactly what it says on the tin, delivering a huge boost of pressure to seat your tubeless setup. Yes, you could make a cheaper alternative yourself, but people who want to save themselves time and hassle can go straight to the real mccoy. - Paul Aston




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176 Comments

  • + 86
 Shimano Airlines anyone?
  • + 17
 Haha, I don't thank many will remember the Air Line.
  • + 32
 I dream about them every night
  • + 6
 haha, my first thought when I saw this can!
  • + 34
 when i get a flat, I pump the tires with my mouth
  • + 7
 Yeah....you gotta be pushing near 40 to remember the airlines days...
  • + 2
 Thanks for the memory reboot. Had forgotten all about that mess until you mentioned it. Now only to forget again...
  • + 2
 I saw a set on ebay a while back. Still want a grand for em!
  • + 1
 Flawed in many ways it was a progressive idea for the time. With just a quick push the bike shifts gears quickly and precisely. And if you remember shifting response circa 2000 that was a cool thing indeed. Quickly scrapped - it's reincarnate would be electronic, di2.
  • + 2
 I remember seeing the first Shimano Airlines at a NORBA event in 96 or so.
  • + 6
 Nothing like a quality blow job.
  • + 59
 I'd rather run down to harbor freight and get a compressor for $100
  • + 147
 Harbor Freight - Safety is our 3rd priority
  • + 30
 the idea is that your compressor is not portable and you can't travel with it.
  • + 15
 Good point, but for half the price, you can get a paintball air can and fit some adapters and a hose to it. Plus, those will go to like 3k PSI.
  • + 4
 Nah man. Go to Walmart. Got mine for 55.
  • + 19
 Atlernatively get some aerostart/anything with flammable propellant, spray around the inside of the tyre, fit the tyre asap, then hold a match/lighter near the bead or valve and.... Boom! Tyre fitted! Make sure Tha valve core is removed for this and make sure you have a rag handy to pat out any fires lol. Sealant will have to be filled in through the valve this way, but it will seat the tyre bead
  • + 11
 Didn't it cross your mind that if a metal bottle with a nozzle can cost 100$ and a compressor made in China costs the same, it is the second value that is fkd much more? Airstop is nowhere close to be so profit oriented as a company selling ACs for 100$. Even if it could be that the way they run their business is not the most effective, a fkng compressor should still cost a lot more money.

Please stop trying to appear smart and reasonable because there is nothing smart with going Wallmart on everything.
  • + 8
 People do love buying complete shit these days.... A compressor should last you a lifetime once you buy it. I have no doubt a $55 won't.
  • + 0
 Yes and it takes load of space... Ah I forgot it's only a European probram.
  • + 9
 I think you just convinced me to buy an air compressor.
  • + 5
 The pancake compressor is always on sale at HF. Small enough to keep in your car. Good enough to inflate 2-3 tires. Those suckers always go on sale. Just loud since its oil less.
  • + 3
 @ctd07, that is the most Australian thing I have ever heard... and I lived in Brisbane for a while!
  • + 1
 @ctd07 I know the Nek Minnit guy was from NZ, but its just so easy to imagine your procedure going horribly wrong for the Nek Minnit guy
  • + 8
 THe Chevron gas station around the corner is pretty pricey. They raised their air compressor price from 25 cents to 50 cents.
  • + 1
 I have a Senco PC1010 air compressor. It's only a 1 gallon tank so it's quite small and it's very quiet for a small oil-less compressor. Works like a charm to seat tires! It might not be bright blue, but the sparkling grey metallic pain is not too bad if you care about fashion!
  • + 7
 5gal Portable Air Tank, $27.99@ harbor freight
  • + 1
 I'll worry about buying fked compressors when they actually do fail
  • + 2
 Or you could actually support companies that design and engineer stuff properly in the first place? And save yourself money in the long run.
  • + 3
 Or well less than $100. The only instance I've had trouble getting the tire to seat is when the tire is fresh out of the packaging. The packaging zipties leave dents on the side wall, which is where the bead can't get to the hook. So I toss the tire in a bathtub full of warm water until the tire returns to its normal shape, then hammer with a floor pump. Hasn't failed me yet.
  • + 40
 Bontrager's flash charge pump has the attached tank and it can be operated separate as a floor pump if you want For the same price
  • + 3
 That was a Pinkbike product of the year and I have one and it is great especially for travel. I do have a small compressor (bought it used for $40) that I use in my garage because it is easier than taking the time to pump up the flash charger. I have only encountered one tire/rim combo that neither would seat and I had to take to my LBS to use their larger compressor.
  • - 8
flag Fattymcbutterpants (Mar 23, 2016 at 22:35) (Below Threshold)
 @jasdo your small compressor does not put out less psi than the bike shops.
  • + 7
 I was looking at this, the bontrager or the new topeak and decided to just wait for the topeak instead of buying the airship bc you get more for the price. I was kinda sad it's $100. I feel like it's more of a $50 product
  • + 11
 It's not about max psi, it's about how long the compressor can sustain a certain psi. The rim tire combo in question was a super tight fit so the bead wanted to be in the center of the rim. It took some time while the air was going in the massage the bead out from the center of the rim. My smaller compressor was completely emptying before I could futz with the tire long enough. The large shop tank just kept going and going.
  • + 6
 Its the rating of volume, and most of the time it's rated in CFM.
  • + 1
 flash charge is £100 in the UK, this is £55.
  • + 0
 Or buy the new Airwave AirBlast and have a tank with a trackpump already built on for £65 from CRC.
  • - 1
 airshot still cheaper Razz

airshot has more volume too by the looks of it if you need to pump it up to 240psi V a max of 160 on the airshot.
  • - 1
 @iian why has that airblast got a gauge which reads to 240psi? What a completely stupid idea which ruins the product.
  • + 1
 Flash charger isn't very good as a track pump tho, kinda defeats the purpose
  • + 1
 @Dobbs59 Just having a look at the airblast and its the same idea as the Bonty flash charger. Pump up the chamber to a high pressure, flick a switch and release the pressure from the pump into the tyre. From what I can see the airblast uses a smaller chamber than the airshot/flash charger so requires a higher pressure to deliver the same amount of air. My 2L bottle version only requires around 80psi due to the very high volume. Unless im missing the obvious thing that makes 240psi a stupid idea?
  • + 4
 I also have the flashcharger, excellent investment.
Works flawlessly.

I was going to get a compressor but then I realized I lived in a 1 bedroom apartment Smile
  • + 1
 haha @grim007 2 floor bed for mini ware house under the bed ! Hag Sameaj aji
  • + 1
 @chrispaulmtb because there is no need whatsoever for a mountain bike tubeless system to go to 240psi, and it means that actually getting your tyre to a useable pressure will be horribly inaccurate due to the massive scale.
  • + 1
 Granted it will lead to inaccuracies at lower pressures, but bare in mind you could buy this and a digital pressure gauge for less than any other track pump and tank options out there. @Dobbs59
  • + 1
 It will start to cost a fair bit though won't it @iian ?
The Topeak gauge is £25, bringing costs up to £90. I'm starting to think a regular high volume track pump is the wise buy here.
  • + 2
 @Dobbs59 thats not how these systems work, have a look at the product video on here and it might help out understanding it. You pump the chamber up to the high pressure but the bike tyre never reaches anywhere near that due to its large volume. Once youve released the pressure to seat the tyre its back to being a normal track pump www.chainreactioncycles.com/airwave-airblast-tubeless-tyre-track-pump/rp-prod142714
  • + 1
 Cheers chrispaulmtb, I get you. Unfortunately it doesn't change the poor gauge. Even getting 35psi would be a complete stab in the dark considering the graduations are in 20's.
  • + 2
 @Dobbs59 it has to be that high a pressure to get the volume of air required. a bigger tank needs less pressure for the same volume of air.
  • + 1
 Got it ta poah. So what is the best high volume track pump with a fairly low range gauge (maybe 0-40) out there?
I had got ever tubeless combo I have ever tried up with a joe blow mountain but never liked the valve connector which leaked like a sieve no matter what you did.
  • + 1
 I bought one for£ 75 nice bit of kit
  • + 2
 Well track pumps are high pressure by design, for filling track tires. You could just get a regular bike floor pump if you don't need track tire pressures.
  • + 2
 @Dobbs59 Specialized Airtool MTB. as a bonus, the guage is actually accurate, which is surprisingly rare in pumps.

They're also lifetime warrantied, & are generous with the warranty: I took a cheapy airtool comp from about 2002 in & got full credit. Warranty reason? inaccurate gauge. Now that's what I'm talking about.

As for seating tubless, I bought a brass ball valve, tee, NPT to shrader, a NPT to tubing fitting, and some 1/4" tubing, which I stuck into a end of a 2l cap. One of these days I'll get around to doing a writeup, as it's about 100 times easier to put together than the "glue some old prestas into a bottlecap" method
  • + 1
 @groghunter that looks perfect, much appreciated.
Whats the head connecter like?
  • + 1
 @Dobbs59 Switch-hitter is the best presta/schrader compatible pump head I've used, at least in my opinion. doesn't require you to do anything to switch between valve types, & doesn't require you to screw it on or off, which was a big pain with the Leyzne pump I tried(Leyzne got rid of that style last year, in fact.) It's only got one one real drawback, that I've found, which is that it doesn't really work with prestas when the valve core is removed. Hasn't been an issue for me, because if I need to push that much air into a tire to seat it, I'm already switching over to the air bottle I made anyway.
  • + 23
 I made one of these (cost me less than £1 - could have done it for nothing, but I bought a compressed air valve). Works brilliantly!

www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/article/how-to-make-a-tubeless-inflator-44290
  • + 4
 thank you for putting that here, you just made my day! (about to drive to the next gas station to mount a new rear tire...)
  • + 2
 Brilliant, Im making one this very minute! Thanks for the hack bud!
  • + 1
 and let me tell you - it works just fine! I just must admit I put a little extra gorilla tape around the bottle just to feel safe
  • + 3
 Me too! Wonder what sad individual would have given us negative props @konamann.
Geish… some people. Good luck mate!^^
  • + 7
 I made a guide on here a while ago on how to make one from a £12 fire extinguisher. In hindsight I may have moved up to a £15 one with a bigger volume but this still works a treat on most tyre / rim combos.

www.pinkbike.com/u/bighitter/blog/how-to-make-a-not-so-ghetto-tubeless-inflator-for-less-than-15.html
  • + 3
 If i buy that thing, am i buying a can full of air or air with a can around it ?
  • + 3
 Ive a coke bottle inflator as well, and works like a charm! However, i have had a bottle fail before......think my ears are still ringing!
  • + 1
 For the nervous types you can wrap it in Gaffer tape... and for the really nervous, you can put an old leg off a pair of jeans around it and tie wrap in place. I've done about 15 tyre inflations with mine, couldn't manage without it! I do like the fire extinguisher solution though bighitter! I might give that a go at the weekend....
  • + 1
 Looks interesting would it be a good idea to put a wee bit of tubeless sealant in the bottle to plug any minor leaks which are bound to occur. if your inflating a tubeless system surely couldn't hurt. Also got me thinking i wonder if a car easy bleed brake kit would work, smaller bottle but significantly stronger than a pop bottle.
  • + 2
 Andy-ap - ive found its all about volume. For a particularly stubborn Ardent, 1.5L @ 100PSI isnt enough. 2L @ 90PSI does however.
  • + 2
 Made mine using that video. Everyone laughed until they saw it in action.
  • + 1
 Am i correct in assuming that this would work even better and at a lower psi, using a higher volume (3 liter) bottle? Im curious if there are any other issues with functionality that would arise from doing that.
...I mainly concerned about the the explosive safety issue at a higher psi
  • + 1
 May do FullLotus, 3L bottles are v difficult to get in Northern Ireland. Ive my bottle wrapped in duct tape to contain the force if the bottle does fail.
  • + 10
 I actually bought an air compressor just to seat my tubeless tires. I have used it for other things but that's the reason I bought it. This product looks like it will work as advertised but the price is a bit high. FYI if you are using this canister or an AC, pull the presta valve out first so you get a strong burst of air. Then you're golden.
  • + 2
 I agree. It looks well made but £29.99 would have been better. It's a pretty niche tool. How much is a compressor these days?
  • + 1
 That is exactly why I cant Fathom the presta being a popular option at all, much less for my tubeless set up
  • - 7
flag paulclarke (Mar 23, 2016 at 21:52) (Below Threshold)
 Has there not been any news on Matt Macduff on PB yet?! Bailed out of the 40ft loop in S Africa. Hes all good from I hear. Broken hand and foot i believe?
  • - 2
 Didnt see that coming. (Sarcasm)
  • + 1
 @jaame Around here, for a 2 gallon AC you're looking at about $80CAD
  • + 2
 @debonis, so like 17.5 euros or $20 usd?
  • + 0
 @whoevernegreppedus. Debate me.... seriously, how is this a good option?
  • - 2
 Smells like someone with a vested interest has been neg repping anything not cheering for this product. I wonder who that could be?
  • + 1
 Ok.. guess i was last to find out.
  • + 8
 If homemade ones were 'blowing peoples faces off' I'm sure it would be all over the internet. I've not come across a single story of someone's coke bottle tubeless inflator going bang.
  • + 3
 I don't think anyone's face has been blown off at 130psi. Ever.
  • + 2
 My 2L coke bottle inflator went bang once around 120psi. I was about 2 feet from the bottle. Pretty crazy how loud it was, people 1/2 mile away on the mountain heard it and thought it was a gunshot. I was pretty stunned for a bit and my ears were ringing for a good half hour where I could barely hear. So no it won't blow your face off but it does suck when they explode. I image that its similar to having a flash-bang go off near you. After that I gave up on the ghetto inflator. Though screw paying that much for this. You can get a 5 gallon air tank for $25. Fill it with a compressor at home or the gas station (or floor pump if you must) and you will have enough air to set a few peoples tires.
  • + 1
 Really, like a flash bang?
  • + 1
 Moreso the bang than the flash I presume.
  • + 1
 a 2 litre coke bottle easily holds up to 250 psi... don't believe me, try it out. I think mythbusters actually got one up to 500 psi.
  • + 1
 @dmadness yeah I have read that as well. Though I had two valve stems in my set up on in the cap and one that was in the plastic. So I could pump the bottle then release it into the tire. It's likely the valve going through the plastic that made the bottle weaker.
  • + 1
 the thread is a hose bib thread, you can buy these with rubber gaskets and a 1/2" outlet in copper that you can soldier whatever you want to.... happy Air cannon making ... Smile
  • + 6
 I think the impact of Schwalbe Procores still has not been fully delivered. When they pick up momentum, products like this Airshot may disappear again. You can pump up both chambers of the procore system as slow as you like, including the tubeless one
  • + 3
 Yeah, I'm still waiting to hear more peoples' opinions on Procore. So far it seems like it's not gaining much momentum.
  • + 1
 I think the high asking price is the main cause of the slow start, but I think Procores are easily the best £150 upgrade you can get for a gravity bike. I think they're the best new mtb product of the last 10 years.
They're that good
  • + 8
 I can actually buy a 2 gallon compressor for that much though. And then I also have a compressor to dry my chain with afterwards.
  • + 9
 Well that was a breath of fresh air
  • + 7
 Especially since the price of bike parts is so inflated nowadays
  • + 8
 We're always under pressure to buy the latest thing
  • + 0
 Sorry dude, I meant to give you positive props.
  • + 1
 Some people can be complete airheads about this subject though.
  • + 2
 I'm just pumped that we have more options other than co2 cartridges or air compressors
  • + 5
 I bought one of these about 5 months ago - it's one of the best 'tools' I have purchased! I love it!

The Airshot just works and has yet to fail me on any tire/rim combination I've. I thought I'd never use it other than once or twice a year, but after having 3 punctures (too large to seal with sealant, 2 of them too large for tubeless patches) in 3 weeks back in January, the Airshot was a blessing when swapping out tires. Can't recommend enough.

I thought of the homemade soda bottle alternative, but don't trust my McGyver skills enough for me to feel that it'd be safe long term...
  • + 5
 I made the ghetto pop bottle one for free from bits i had. Its faultless and works everytime. However, people think I have a bong or shottie bottle hanging of my wall and frankly, its just not as pimp. But it works and its free.
  • + 4
 I'm new to tubeless on a mountain bike, but i used to do a lot of trackdays on motorcycles. I changed my own tires all the time. I used pledge furniture polish on the tire bead and set the bead with a 12v dc in car compressor. I've probably changed 50 tires like that. Do you guys lube your beads?(your tire beads, not your anal beads, you have to lube your anal beads)
  • + 4
 I tracked one of these down last summer on a trip to Switzerland. I love mine, they work great when traveling. You can throw it in your car and use it with a floor pump or throw it in your luggage if you are flying and use it with a mini pump.
  • + 1
 Or you could go down to the local petrol station and use the air compressor... Never the less, great idea!
  • + 3
 Yea but having something portable is invaluable on race weekend when you need a tyre change and you are in the middle of nowhere with the nearest petrol station an hour away. Very nearly bought an airshot but couldn't quite justify spending that much. Did the super cheap soft drink bottle trick instead which works a treat. and cost like a 100th as much. 70psi in a 2L soft drink bottle is super safe and seats my minions perfectly every time.
  • + 3
 I made a getto one, then a deluxe one using proper pneumatic fittings. It's worked perfectly on several tyres, cost less than a tenner.The fittings are rated to 150PSI, bottles can take well over 100PSI

www.pinkbike.com/photo/13301932
  • + 3
 $100!!
You can get a fricken compressor for a little more than that.
Or you can just do what I do, and use those little Co2 canisters.
Not only would it take more than 100 tire inflation's to pay for this thing,
you can buy a MUCH LARGER portable air tank for LESS THAN HALF of what this dude wants for his tiny tank.
Fill it up at a gas station and you're good to go for multiple bead-seatings.
  • + 2
 Literally received mine yesterday. And it has managed to seat one and a half beads. The other half a bead just isn't having it at all. Not saying the Airshot doesn't work, as it does, and when the bead pops from just flicking the switch, it is cool.

Maybe it is just the 2.8" Nobby Nics and my rims all joining together to be wankers towards me.
  • + 2
 I wanna buy this. I've always managed with my track pump to seat tubeless tyres. Then one day I had a bitch of a Nobby Nic tyre that wouldn't seat. Took me 2 days but I did it in the end but an AirShot would have saved me a lot of hassle and worry. Just I didn't have a spare fifty notes at the time.
  • + 3
 Hilarious that you had been downvoted, purely because you said you wanted to buy it. People really are mental sometimes. My 2.8 Nics are not on fully with my Airshot though yet. That tyre is a bitch.
  • + 1
 I'd be pretty scared of this stuff actually. Sure it will be good when it is new, but what if it gets a small ding? Would it rip apart and I have a sharp piece of metal flying around (potentially puncturing my tire)? Sure road cyclists run these kinds of pressures but that's in a fiber reinforced enclosure. So why not just have a rubber bladder filament wound in fibers, geodesic and isotensoid if you want to be efficient? If it fails, it will just lose air through a small hole, not explode catastrophically. If you want to fix it, just add sealant. If it is empty, you can just fold it. If you put it in your Camelbak, it won't hurt as much crashing as it would if you'd carry something hard as this Airshot. Several composite companies of which I know Taniq and ALE won't have too much trouble making you one just for this purpose. Metal pressure vessels are a bit dated technology, isn't it?
  • + 1
 Mate and I just did a coke bottle conversion and mounted multiple tyres one night without issues, we were being careful and only getting the bottle up to 60 psi but this was seating 2.8 Nobby Nics no probs. Had goggles on and wrapped a few layers of cloth tape around the bottle for extra protection. Worked a treat.
  • + 1
 I need about 60psi on our factory airline to get the Continental Gravity's to pop onto my Bontrager Rhythm elite wheels and even then with an abundance of fairy liquid on the bead. Then promptly deflate to the desired pressure. Could this handle that?
  • + 1
 Just ordered the Lezyne Alloy Over Drive track pump from CRC. I couldn't find much info on it so I presume it's new. It's part of their "high volume" line so I'm looking forward to seeing how it performs mountain tubeless. Gauge only goes up to 60 psi, so that has to be a good sign, right?
  • + 1
 Its an air zound aluminum horn cannister with a different valve on it. Anyone could build their own for way less than they're charging for the blue painted one. For that matter, a plastic pop bottle will hold a hundred psi of pressure just the same (its what air zound has used for their horn cannisters for years now) and can be fitted with a simple air valve to charge it, and a 1/4 turn dump valve to inflate your tire.
  • + 1
 This requires a certain amount of McGyver skills that not all of us have. I know that I wouldn't trust myself to make the Soda bottle version and not cause myself a significant risk of injury when it goes horribly wrong while using it...
  • + 0
 I'm pretty sure anyone who can fit tubeless tires has the necessary MAcGuyver skills to click some tubes together.
  • + 5
 Maybe. I've been installing tubeless for years and years, but in my case I'm sure any homemade contraption would look good until I tried to use it and hurt either myself or the dog... the conversation with my wife went like this:

Me - Do we have a Soda bottle, I am going to build a compressor thing to put my tires on...
W - Are you sure you know what you're doing?
Me - Sure, I found instructions on Youtube... I just need some valves, duct tape, tubes and the track pump and I'm good to go... I'll only pump it to about 70psi... I'll set up in the kitchen
W - Do you remember when you cut in to your arm with a chainsaw when the workbench you made collapsed?...

*Airshot ordered.
  • + 1
 Haha, fair enough! (workbenches are pretty complicated contraptions...) Razz
  • + 1
 So Ive done the soda bottle option and it worked a treat, wrapped it with Gaffa tape and bound the lid too, no way that thing was blowing up with 200PSI let alone 100psi, then I replaced my old boiler with a new boiler and manufactured a pressure chamber out the exspansion bottle of the heating system..... they can run several Bar in pressure and have a shrader valve in the base... just burst the interior diaphram and It also worked a treat,
After that I upped my game with a 3l fire extinguisher and tubeless presta valve with some compression BS fittings..... Fire extinguishers can run near 200 Bar pressure so if your able to bounce your body weight on your track pump to get to that,, you really deserve to be shot into orbit..... The fire extinguisher worked a treat.... can hit up 4 tires on tubeless conversions in no time with 150 psi in the bottle... Fire extinguishers are scrapped after so many year so easy to get them and the correct fittings screw straight in.. possibly cost me £10 to do, and made a few for friends too.. Smile
  • + 0
 Made a coke bottle version for £0 and most bikers will have the bits in the shed already, cut the valves out of old knackered innertubes.80psi pumped in n works every time. To be honest this product is good, and I'm surprised it hasn't already been done (except for the pop bottle idea) it is cheaper than a compressor but for a metal bottle and some hose it is super steep cost wise! Might sell my coke bottle for half the price and make another one...
  • + 0
 I will buy that, looks perfect for my needs. It is a ready product, I have no time or patience to mess around with some ghetto coke bottle systems. I also live in an apartment building and have time to mess with bikes at the attic after 8 p.m so noisy compressor is not an option. It is also half price of Bontrager pump which has a crappy pressure indicator.
  • + 1
 I made one too after seeing your post in Jan Big Grin
I found an old extinguisher from work, so mine cost me the price of a tubeless valve Big Grin
  • + 0
 As a few have already mentioned the Bontrager Flash Charger seems to be a better solution for $50 more you can have a pump and the charger all in one.

Even more so you can get online an air compressor for as low as $70.

I personally have the Bontrager Flash Charger and I do love it. I didn't pay $150 for it as I used my commuter bike checks and had a 5% off coupon Smile

So the point being...I don't understand why anyone would get this Airshot and carry around a floor pump and a canister.
  • + 1
 What are the stats on how many people use tubes vs. tubeless? I'm sure PB has done a poll on it. I know I'm a dinosaur but the when I see shit like this I'm glad I still run tubes.
  • + 2
 I said that for ages until I switch this year
  • + 1
 I made a getto one, then made a deluxe version using proper pneumatic fittings. I've used it many times over the last year and it works perfectly, cost less than £10 for the bits. www.pinkbike.com/photo/13301932
  • + 1
 I got a small craftsman air compressor at ace hardware for $99 including a finish nail gun. (If that's your sort of thing). But I can't take it on the plane or to the trail head. (If that's your sort of thing).
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 Hmmm. Just set up a pair of tires tubeless with my floor pump no problem. I carry a mini pump on a long ride and a spare tube. No need for this. Looks pretty though! 100 bones saved. Make a pink one for da ladies
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 Good looking tool, but it should be about half that price. This is for people with a lot of spare cash and absolutely no mechanical abilities. I'm sure they'll sell a lot of them...
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 Santa bought me one. Works great, as for using a foot pump, well it make work most of the time but sooner or later you will need some extra help, surprised no one has mentioned co2 cartridges they work well for troublesome tyres, although when it doesn't inflate you feel downhearted as you've just wasted a few £/$.

Diy ones are fine but you do feel rather nervous pumping it up !
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 Remember, the more air you add to your tires, the heavier your bike is going to be. Do you really want to risk a SEVERAL milligram increase in bike weight? I didn't think so.
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 $30 pack of Co2 cartridges on Amazon. Lots of tires before I reach $100 and portable as hell.
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 Whats wrong with one of those 12v car tyre compressors? I use one all the time, works just fine. Hell of a lot cheaper too.
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 Bontrager Flash or Airwave Airblast?
Anyone which has the greatest air volume?
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 Love mine: easy, portable and it works.
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 Or you could buy the Bontrager pump that can also be used for tubeless. Costs $130.
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 You could. But we can't here. As that pump costs £100 for some reason.
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 @mgolder: move to America lol
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 I've had great success using a C02 mini pump to mount tubeless tires. It puts about 25psi into the tire very quickly. Costs about $10.
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 You can use any kind of high-pressure, high-volume vessel to dump a lot of air quickly into your tire. Like......a car tire.
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 Or just learn what is the correct rim tape/rim/valve/tire bead combo/compatibility and you can just inflate with your pocket pump.
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 Salesmen these days... you should buy this because "you might blow your own face off".
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 I have a bontrager flash pump and it works great. Shitty as far as floor pumps go but does the tubeless job
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 Reminds me of the air horns you usually see on old guys electric bikes.
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 I think those of us who have built lowriders have known about these since the 70's. they are called a tire cheetah, FML.
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 Btw, the hose isnt big enough to make it any better than an aircompressor. 2016 and we get 1972 technology for 100 bucks, yea us!
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 Lowrider bikes or cars?
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 A handpump works fine. Nah I'm good homie.
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 Nothing wrong with the ghetto one I made from a wine bottle !
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 I found a good trick last week, poor a little beer on the rim done.
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 If you need a compressor then are you not doing it wrong?
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 I think cargo hold not being pressurized is a urban myth, at least for common airplanes
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 Even if its not pressurized it wouldn't matter as far as structural integrity of your pressure vessel is concerned. At 30000 feet there is roughly a drop of 10psi in atmospheric pressure. Which is equivalent to adding 10psi to your pressure vessel. Unlikely to cause a failure. The only reason air lines ask for no compressed vessels is that there is a VERY small chance of failure or damage that could cause the to explode and damage the aircraft, which is roughly the same at 30,000 feet as it is at sea level.
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 Much as I would like to support Uk products, £60 is a bad joke.
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 Have a look at the Airshot in action!

www.pinkbike.com/video/435291
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 Thats nice. Its a metal water bottle with a plastic lid, two valves, a hose, and a dump valve. $100 USD? U can buy an Air Pig and keep it in your car pressurized for like $40 Canadian.
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 I use a floor pump and have never failed!
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 I have beaded all my tubeless tires with floor pump also. Over 20+ at this point. If you cant do it you are not pumping it fast and hard enough.
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 Seriously. A decent pump. An air compressor. Etc.

This seems like something that would make more sense in the $49.99 ball park. Not $100.
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 $100 US? Thats like a billion dollars in Canada. Are u f_cking kidding me? Its a metal cylinder with two vavles and a hose!! U people must thing we are f_cking stupid! Go f_uck off!
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 facebook, twitter, youtube and instagram logos on my bike... :/
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 What's it weigh when fully charged with air?
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 Ummm....
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 its an expensive but good product - it can be pressurised to 160psi not 130psi BTW.
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 a aluminium can with a shock pump hose = 40$ top MSRP
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 25$ paintball cylinder works just as well.
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 And the rest of the parts cost? And when something breaks there is no warranty etc etc. There's good and bad to both the product made for purpose and the home-made items.
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 Made one out of high density plastic. Cost about 15 bucks, works flawless.
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 Didn't you read the article? It repeated several times you're gonna explode your face off.
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 Risk I'm willing to take. And no, didn't read a word, read a $100 then decided to just talk shit.
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 Not true, bottles are rated to a pretty high PSI. There's videos on youtube of people blowing them up with compressors, it takes well over 100 PSI

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