Quarq's TyreWiz Lets You Check Your Tire Pressure With Your Phone - Sea Otter 2018

Apr 19, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
TyreWiz

You're part way through a ride when a small icon begins blinking on your cycling computer. You take a closer look, and realize that the alert is regarding your tire pressure – it's dropped below the minimum acceptable level, allowing you to pull over and take care of the leak before it gets too severe. Not too long ago that would have seemed like a something from a sci-fi movie, but with Quarq's new TyreWiz it's an entirely feasible scenario.

The small device threads into a removable valve core Presta valve, in either a tube or tubeless setup, and then monitors tire pressure every second. That information is sent via Bluetooth or ANT+ to a phone or computer, where riders can see their current tire pressure, and set up alerts if the pressure becomes too high or low (there are also LED lights on the unit that indicate if the pressure is within the specified range). Quarq say the device has a +/-2% level of accuracy, and it will measure tire pressure down to the tenth of a pound.


TyreWiz
The TyreWiz transmits its data to either a computer or a phone, and alerts can be set to indicate if the pressure becomes too low or high.
TyreWiz
The Wiz family.

The waterproof and dustproof unit takes a CR1632 battery that's claimed to provide a 300 hour run time, and weighs a scant 10 grams. The price isn't quite as low as the weight, and at $199 USD for two devices it'll likely be something that only the most dedicated tech geeks will gravitate towards.

It might not be for everyone, but it will be interesting to see exactly where and how the TyreWiz gets used. What if you were able to see a rider's tire pressure in real time as they flew down the rubble-strewn World Cup DH track this weekend in Croatia? Or if you could check the pressures of an entire fleet of rental bikes without even needing to pull out the floor pump? Analog, non-remote gauges aren't going anywhere, but the TyreWiz is likely to start showing up in a variety of places once it becomes available this June.



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MENTIONS: @SeaOtterClassic



140 Comments

  • + 163
 Best April fools so far
  • + 2
 my thought exactley
  • + 39
 I'd like to think I inspired this: www.pinkbike.com/photo/15656095
  • + 1
 we're still in april hopefully
  • + 2
 Here's the only defense I can think of: I've totaled 2 rims by initiating a slow leak that leads to loss of pressure and eventual rim-rock contact over the course of a long descent. If my phone could be set to go off like an alarm when pressure drops below say 20PSI, it might help.

But make these things $40 the pair, then we'll talk.
  • + 1
 Does everyone in California take LSD?
  • + 0
 @fecalmaster: California? Pretty sure Quarq is out of South Dakota.
  • + 67
 If I sell my phone, I can afford these.
  • + 37
 wait but then...
  • + 23
 I'd much rather sell my bike to afford it. That way you have some extra money left over #financialadvice
  • + 3
 @Lookinforit: It says it'll send alerts to a computer. That should work out.
  • + 34
 Yes I know my tires leak air. I don’t need a $200 widget on my valve stem to tell me that.
  • + 11
 And to make your wheel unbalanced.
  • + 1
 @cunning-linguist, you could probably cut off one knob on the other side to make up for that 10 grams. And what about all that sealant sloshing around inside the tire? What does that do to the balance?
  • + 14
 @slumgullion: Centrifugal force spreads the sealant evenly when riding, no imbalance.
  • + 4
 @The-BIG-GT: Glad to hear someone knows the difference between centrifugal and centripetal force!
  • + 11
 @slumgullion: no you have to ad weight on the other side to balance not remove that makes it even more unbalanced
  • - 5
flag cunning-linguist (Apr 20, 2018 at 1:35) (Below Threshold)
 @slumgullion: don’t run silly sealant crap.
  • + 1
 @The-BIG-GT: centrifugal force only starts applying forces evenly in a circumference after 1200 rpm, much faster than a typical mountain bike wheel rotation speed
  • + 4
 Mountain bike tires and rims, just like car tires and rims, are never balanced perfectly anyway. Sometimes my valve stem doesn't naturally rotate to the bottom if the wheel's in the truing stand because a section of tire is stupidly heavy for some reason.

I promise you won't notice the nonexistent "balance issues" that come with a 10 device.
  • + 1
 @Ryanrobinson1984: No one here is typical...
  • + 1
 ..
  • + 27
 the core of the problem here is the price. knocked the wind clean out of me seeing that. this is just not going to inflate interest at that price. rocked me to the core knowing people might actually have time mid run to check if there tyre pressure has dropped?
  • + 8
 Agreed. This product just doesn't pump me up
  • + 1
 The price let me down
  • + 5
 tyres
  • + 6
 @priest55: Ha, best pun so far. Misspelling tires with a y because y would you spend so much on this? Amirite?!
  • + 2
 @Sardine: "Amirite?1" No you are wrong. There is no mis-spelling? I don't think so! "Tyre" = English for "tyre" (see his flag on his status) "tire" = American (not English) for tyre.
  • + 1
 Mid-run may mean after 3hrs in the hills. Being able to tell at a glance if it's just your imagination or you really do have a slow leak before causing rim damage.
  • + 1
 have you seen a tubeless setup with shrader valve? most of current rims won't even accept shraders (hole for valve is too small)
  • + 4
 @strasznyzbigniew: Yup! Popular for fatbikes, you can shoot a stupid amount of air through the valve with the core pulled and seat tires much more easily. Honestly, schraders should be used on all mtbs for this reason exactly, leave presta for the roadies who a) have tiny tires and b)might actually care about how much their valvestem weighs.
  • + 4
 @StraightLineJoe: so, regular presta valve, then adapter, then some chinese pressure monitor? no risk for loosing pressure whatsover. good luck with that.
  • + 1
 Neat link cka3o4nuk, Thx. ...strasznyzbigniew, drill&bit = bigger hole....StraightLineJoe, that doesn't address the air volume thru the roadie valve
  • + 19
 a bluetooth tire monitor system for some ppl ...a douchebag detection system for the others Smile
  • + 14
 What would go 'full enduro' is the have a mini gas cylinder attached to the value that would allow a few PSI changes on the fly. So you could add a few PSI whilst transferring between stages, then let down a few PSI for the timed run. Would save having on carrying around a pump.
  • + 51
 House it entirely within a thru axle, and feed the air through a hollow spoke, electronically actuated so you can achieve a perfect 28.99 psi at all times!
  • + 5
 @N-60: ^ this guy gets it
  • + 2
 @TheHill: wow there really is no such thing as an original thought!
  • + 10
 I am coming to you with this BrakeWiz for improving your brake performance. Online recommendations to get a KOM on any trail. No battery needed! 249 USD / EUR / GBP based on your region.

cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1683/4631/products/Don_t_Touch_Yer_Brakez_Top_Cap_-_White_Background_1800x.jpg
  • + 13
 What happens when it full of tubeless tire sealant?
  • + 46
 There's an app for that.
  • + 7
 If your that anal, it would be quicker to check with a digial pressure guage than get your phone out, fumble for 5 minutes to get bluetooth to sync, and then look at an app.
  • + 1
 Yeah, I don't mind the idea here...but exactly, I pull out the pump before every ride anyways...psi is always a little low.
  • + 8
 Do they make a version that’ll work in North America? Surely we need a Tirewhiz instead of a Tyrewhiz!
  • + 7
 Bike Industry: Providing the dumbest answers to questions that were never asked.
  • + 8
 i want Camelwiz, you know, for in my drink bottle
  • + 7
 i propose AnalWiz, so one can check whether he shit his pants after some scary downhill ride
  • + 5
 This is incredible. The technologies that are available to consumers today is staggering. Not saying I'm buying one, but the fact that it's 2018 and anyone with $200 to burn can get this is truly amazing to me.
  • + 7
 Why not have it at the base of the valve, inside the rim like most high end cars do? At least it is out of harms way there.
  • + 1
 Look at the size of it - it would be smashed as soon as you rolled across a small rock...
  • + 4
 Seems like the classic case of a great solution to a problem that doesn’t really exist.

I mean even the examples in the article are a little ridiculous. It could be useful for a DH team from a data acquisition standpoint if it can record the presures, but in real time the info is useless for DH riding. And rental fleets? At $200 a pop? Not likely. C
  • + 3
 Other planned Wiz family products:
GripWiz: Get updates when your grips should be replaced
DropWiz: Tune your dropper return behaviors. Range from 'stand and wait for it' to 'screw you manhood'
CableWiz: Detects cable stretch
WhizzyWiz: Tells you when you should hit the john
  • + 6
 Why doesn't the device a mini LCD to display the values. Why does it need a smartphone?
  • + 4
 Good idea, but to be fair the person who gets this into their geeky tomf*ckery is 100% bringing their phone on every ride.
  • + 8
 Try reading that little rotating screen while going downhill...
  • + 2
 @TheHill: Can you check your phone while going downhill?
  • + 2
 @PeaFunk: If you're rubbing a phone on a ride, you'll be going downhill. Even when you were attempting to climb.
  • + 2
 @TheHill: big gnar whip brake check check pressures land continue to own
  • + 3
 Haha.....If only you lot on here started your own race team...bike company....component company....etc you'd have a world dominating race team, create the most awesome components and bikes and never waste any money on useless components or designs because everything would be perfect and exactly what pinkbike forum guests want (screw what everybody else in the world wants). Oh no wait, you can't....oh well guess you could just come on pinkbike forum and give your ill informed views and 'expertise' instead

Same people every article, every day and always negative (apart from the comedy replies....I like them)

Pinkbike forum....or Pinkipedia as it's also know (the font of all knowledge) haha
  • + 8
 Bingo. Twats who on one hand that think they need an $1100 fork, carbon bars, carbon frames, etc.. claiming they make them faster. Wankers who will spind big money to gave their $150 enduro jersey, $150 shorts, and $60 gloves all match their $200 helmet.

But then someone comes out with a means to collect real world data like the Shockwhiz or the Tyrewhiz and everyone cries bullshit and too expensive. Why? Because all these yahoos against this tech aren’t as smart as they pretend to be on Pinkbike.
  • + 1
 @juansevo: Bingo.
  • + 2
 Economics: That price is not going to allow for very much demand.
Surely they did some research into this, but it doesn’t make much logical sense to me. I like the idea, but at that price there is no way I’m a customer. Even at half that price - still no way.

Those little units can’t cost very much to produce, they must be trying to cover R&D. If so, I think a lower price would sell more units and net them more return.

I’m just going to make up some numbers out of my head for an illustration:
At $200, they sell 500 and make $100k.
At $100 they might sell more like 2,000 and make double, $200k.
But at $50, suddenly you have masses of people willing to try them out and they sell 10,000. Sales of $500k.

But I’m sure they arrived at $200 after some research.
  • + 2
 10,000 units? Lolz

I suppose if they called them a pun on a cult film star and spent a lot of money on marketing then it might work.
  • + 10
 I'm not sure you could give away 10,000 of these if you dipped them in cocaine and BBQ sauce.
  • + 12
 @BigDummy: Not sure what you have against cocaine and BBQ sauce.
  • + 10
 @fullfacemike: I think he's saying that even the most noble of elements could not enhance this pointlessly innovative product.
  • + 1
 The profit looks even better if you factor in some manufacturing discounts to produce 10000 vs 500.
  • + 1
 @Richt2000: Did Huck Norris reach 10,000 sold items already?
  • + 4
 "Not too long ago that would have seemed like a something from a sci-fi movie"

A rubbish scifi movie that went straight to VHS, and still flopped.
  • + 1
 Laugh all you want, but this is a brilliant device that’s more practical than upgrading to ti spindles, light stems, carbon frames, and on goes the list of things people piss away money on when ut comes to bikes that have things people don’t need.

Combine data collection tools like this, the shockwhiz, a powermeter crank, and your standard GPS based device a smart rider could be riding a bike thats $3000 for suspension ot a $2000 hardtaill and really learn alot a out how they ride and how to save time on local segement on Strava or an enduro race/DH this info could be the difference between a podium or mid pack.

Could see cyclocross racers eating this up ad well.
  • + 2
 Surely if it's real time, the figure will be jumping around all over the place (if you're on a downhill run or similar). Seems so pointless having it that exact unless it takes an average every 10 seconds or so...
  • + 3
 I’ll be the first to let people know I’m a flog when it comes to tech stuff I have two ShockWiz’s.
But I’m not that much of a flog to get one of these!
  • + 5
 Can't wait for the fartwiz #dadjoke
  • + 0
 #dadoftheyear
  • + 1
 In years gone by cycle tourists would light them by a camp fire, now the new generation of screen jabbing bike packers can upload the data to Strava and see if they go faster before or after. If everybody in the group had one as well you could really see who dealt it.
  • + 1
 When I think about how the plastic valve caps vanish off my bike in minutes I shudder to think how fast I’d break these things off. $200 and it’s just dangling there waiting to get smashed and lost.
  • + 4
 As long as the price for the Shockwiz comes down.
  • + 1
 Yes! 200$ for two of those things, si I guess you can make one shockwiz for 100$, right ? Smile it's essentially the same technology
  • + 1
 It already did.
  • + 4
 Things we've never needed.
  • + 1
 the best bit about all of this is you still have to buy normal tubeless valves!!!!!! on top of this haha wtf sram atlas integrate them into a pair of tubeless valves
  • + 1
 I think the tire shop charges me $12 to replace the TPMS sensor in my truck wheels. The $200 must be for the app. These will be useful when running Schwalbe tires.
  • + 2
 I like the idea of pressure measurements down to a tenth of a PSI but do I need to know this while I'm cycling along? No.
  • + 1
 Isn't it part of the data acquisition for the shock wizz, sus set up etc.. if not, then........ pointless invention of the year
  • + 2
 HOLY SHIT BATMAN!!! I dropped .9987 of a PSI!! Everyone pull the fuck over so I can add some air!
  • + 2
 Will it work with my blue tooth heads up display on my sunglasses?
If it does. I need this!
  • + 1
 why not just go the whole way and do a valve stem with integrated TPMS, and why not give a little warning light on your bars when it gets just a little too low or high.
  • + 3
 Essential to make sure your running 28.99psi
  • + 2
 I’m sorry .........what???
  • + 1
 ....SHIT!!! Who the f*ck ran my phone over?? How am I going to check my air? f*ck my life!
  • + 2
 Is there an app that can inflate tires?
  • + 2
 no. but you will get low pressure notification on ya phone like 2 mins after noticing you are running on flat Wink
  • + 1
 Was feeling pumped up at the start but felt let down & deflated by the end!
  • + 2
 A solution looking for a problem. Get off your F'ing phone
  • + 1
 The only way this would make sense is if it was built into the valve stem and was half the price.
  • + 1
 Or maybe it’s a telemetry system to tune the compression/rebound characteristics of foam tire inserts...
  • + 1
 I thought the concept was only for idiotic all the gear no idea crew then i saw the price!
  • + 1
 If you run conti tyres, you deserve to have this.
  • + 1
 distracted biking is dangerous
  • + 2
 neat
  • + 1
 This makes me like the Bold Cycles UNPLUGGED more and more.
  • + 1
 When you're ballin you're ballin.
  • + 1
 I ride with Procore. Shall I install 2 TyreWizzs on each of my wheel? ?
  • + 1
 This is a perfect example of a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
  • + 1
 Pretty sure my boss will buy these. He can't resist electronic gadgetry.
  • + 1
 But does it work in temperatures below -10°C??
  • + 1
 First words out of my mouth were, "I need one of these!"
  • + 1
 If they refilled my tires as I went they would be worth that.
  • + 1
 I'd prefer one in my suspension.
  • + 1
 This is for E-Bikes, I'm sure of it!
  • + 1
 Just because you can make an app for everything doesn't mean you should.
  • + 1
 Imagine this thing being hit with a rock... Quite likely to happen.
  • + 0
 .....white people problems.
  • + 0
 I can’t imagine the knob head who would put these on
  • + 1
 this is pun-tastic
  • + 1
 What's a "tyre"?
  • + 1
 Holy waste of money.
  • + 1
 no water bottle mount...
  • + 0
 Another product made just for doctors and lawyers.
  • + 1
 Oh brother
  • + 0
 Neeeeeeeerd
  • + 0
 how cheap.....
  • - 3
 another dentists tools.
  • - 2
 #whitepeople
  • - 4
flag fatduke (Apr 19, 2018 at 22:48) (Below Threshold)
 #privilege
  • + 7
 #dentists ????
  • - 2
 #enduro
  • + 2
 it's okay to be white
  • - 1
 @vitality: that's so courageous to say that I can't believe how can you sit on balls that big.
  • + 0
 WHITE DEVIL!!
  • - 3
 does it come with a reach around?
  • - 2
 Imbalance on my wheels... Never.
  • - 2
 PV = nRT. Pressure does not change much as a tire goes down a track.
  • - 2
 Tires deform, they don't decrease in volume (compress the gas inside) as they hit an obstacle.

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