Barfly AirLever Tool - Review

May 11, 2018 at 2:35
by Richard Cunningham  
Barfly AirLever


Barfly, as its name suggests, produces a number of handlebar accessories, like GPS mounts, but this review showcases their two-in-one tire lever that doubles as a CO2 inflation device.

AirLever is the name, and it comes packaged with a second tire lever. The inflation head is aluminum and it simply pushes onto Presta valves to make a seal, while its rotating aluminum tip threads onto Schrader type valves.

It is doubtful that you'd ever break one of the
AirLever Details
• Aluminum and reinforced plastic
• Fits threaded CO2 cartridges
• Comes with second tire lever
• Push-on Presta & screw-on Schrader head
• Twist to control gas flow
• Weight: 50 grams
• MSRP: $29.95 USD
• Contact: Barfly
sturdily-built reinforced plastic tire levers, but if you did, the business end of the AirLever can be separated by removing one screw to replace it. The two-piece AirLever kit retails for $29.95 USD on the web, and at better bike shops.

Barfly AirLever
Simple twist-to-inflate gas valve pioneered by Genuine Innovations.
Barfly AirLever
Push-to-seal Presta head and a screw-on seal to fit Schrader valves.

Features and Performance

AirLever, used in its primary role, feels like a pro tire tool. The plastic levers fit the hand well and are tough enough to wrestle a tire on with a stubborn liner inside - a relatively new dilemma that most plastic levers made before 2017 were simply not designed to handle. It's also no secret that many riders have abandoned roomy hydration packs for limited on-bike storage options, so Barfly's compact, two-in-one tool is a timely invention. Even if you throw the levers in your pocket, they lie flat and are so lightweight that, most of the time, you'll hardly know they are there.

Barfly AirLever
Barfly AirLever
The AirLever kit weighs within a few grams of a pair of Clever tire tools and the inflation device in the right-hand image. If you need to leave the reservoir in place to save some gas for later, AirLever's awkward L-shape makes the trio on the right the more compact option.

AirLever as an inflation device is also easy to operate. Its twist-to-control gas metering was useful when I needed to save some gas to top off a suspect tire. I also liked the spin-on Schrader-valve feature, because I could also use it to add some spring pressure to my suspension in a pinch (Note: care must be taken, because CO2 pressure can reach 850psi). That said, the screw-on head lengthens the insertion distance needed to seal a Presta valve stem, and I've had similar devices come up short, trying in vain to seal against a stubby valve stem.



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesBarfly's space-saving AirLever combo-tool is going to be well received. It's well made, utilitarian and simple - which is probably its most endearing quality. I only had one issue with it that cropped up when I needed to top off a tubeless tire that was seeping air. I wanted to save some gas to ensure I could re-inflate the tire once more, and was left with an awkward L-shaped device that was a poor fit in the pocket of my Troy Lee Shorts.RC







56 Comments

  • + 93
 I carry a Goodyear mini compressor and car battery in my pack. Never had a problem.
  • + 2
 Lmfao
  • + 7
 What? Why don't you just get a friend with a E-bike and pull juice from that?
  • + 2
 My mooring anchor never misses a ride either.
  • + 27
 I just had a green chilli burrito, so I got some extra gas saved up in my TLD shorts.
  • + 1
 This guy knows
  • + 4
 I voted for Pedro.
  • + 20
 Am I the only one who hasn't used a tire lever since Nam...?
  • + 1
 Same. Can't remember the last time I used a tire lever on anything other than a road bike tire.
  • + 13
 Is that a tire lever, or are you just happy to see me?
  • + 10
 Not relevant to this article, but does anyone know what is up with Vernon Felton? Haven’t seen anything from him in quite a while.
  • + 3
 I'm pretty sure he's working at Specialized now. I don't know if he'll keep writing stuff.
  • + 1
 @speed10: his linkedin
  • + 7
 @speed10 @Nosusnofuss there are a few more things of his to come out, but yep Vernon is with the big S these days. We miss him already, big shoes to fill!
  • + 1
 @brianpark: Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge
  • + 4
 @brianpark: my life is worthless now
  • + 2
 @brianpark: I definitely love the stuff he wrote. So now I'll have to read through all those acronyms on Specialized products to find the good stuff Frown .
  • + 3
 Hopefully his straight talking style will rub off on them!
  • + 6
 "I wanted to save some gas to ensure I could re-inflate the tire once more, and was left with an awkward L-shaped device that was a poor fit in the pocket of my Troy Lee Shorts"

Riding with a compressed air canister in your pocket?! Rather you than me dude!

Be safer to keister it!!
  • + 7
 rocket power for those KOMs
  • + 20
 Worst case scenario: your leg gets a little cold.
  • + 1
 @fullfacemike: That's not my leg...!
  • + 9
 It's like a spork for your bike.
  • + 6
 It costs far more than multiple tire levers and CO2 combined, doesn't save space, and when the plastic breaks, you're stuck with an oversized sharp CO2 inflator and have to buy another one (or tire levers). Pass.
  • - 2
 You will not beak these levers.If you do,you don't know what the hell youre doing or youre trying to take off car tires with them.
  • + 1
 My tire levers are caked with sealant. Can't imagine this would keep from getting clogged by combining the two things.
  • + 5
 For the protection of nature, these single-use carridgest should be prohibited. it is not essential and multipurpose pumps exist.
  • + 1
 They're easily recyclable, it's up to you how you dispose of it when it's used. Should single use aluminium drinks can's be prohibited?
  • + 5
 Steel core plastic coated Pedros levers work for me. And some random chuck for the CO2.
  • + 4
 Did you really just suggest using a C02 cartridge to top up suspension??? Wow.
  • + 1
 Seen this done on the side of a tail..... It really does work
  • + 2
 I've always had terrible luck with co2 inflators. Once the adapter exploded in my hands, and another time the thing didn't even work. I'll stick with a pump for the time being.
  • + 2
 They’re the easiest things to use... haha
  • + 4
 i was hoping for pneumatic tire levers for when you have those really tight fitting tire/rim combos
  • + 2
 pneumatic air hammer, not suitable for use on enves tho
  • + 1
 These are road bike levers... the tip is tiny.
Need something beefy and rounded like Pedro’s unless you want to make holes in the tubeless tape.
  • + 1
 They work. I’ve used them on Schwalbe Super Gravity and Maxxis DD casings with no problem.
  • + 1
 I keep this in my light/short-ride pack with a CO2 cartridge. The lever is high quality and durable and I’ve had zero problems with the inflator. Nice way to declutter.
  • + 1
 Never have i thought that an inflator needs a lever hanging from it, about as ergonomic as a barb wire seat.
  • + 1
 It’s actually a comfortable handle.
  • + 1
 I just like that the combo would makes the inflation device bigger and easier to find in the bottom of my pack.
  • + 2
 Their name looks like adverbial form of barf.
  • + 1
 What about when you only use a partial gas canister? Then you are stuck with a L shaped thing in your back pocket.
  • + 1
 Tire levers are for rookies.
  • + 1
 I use my fingernails. Protip: The gushing blood helps lubricate the bead.
  • + 0
 "was left with an awkward L-shaped device that was a poor fit in the pocket of my Troy Lee Shorts."

And the problem is?!?!
  • - 2
 Plastic lever, no thanks! So close to something I would buy. Guess the reviewer forgot about the hex screw to take the lever off?
  • + 6
 95% of tire levers are plastic. No issues other than with some badly sized Sun BMX rims 20 years ago. So do you only use metal levers? How does that work out on your rims?
  • + 1
 @bman33: Fine never had any issues, been rocking the same 2 metal levers for years after they replaced my plastic ones.
  • + 4
 @bman33: guessing he aint on carbon rims
  • + 7
 @H3RESQ: Guess not. I don't even want to use metal on my black aluminum rims. Gouges and scratches like crazy. Even if you are careful
  • - 1
 But is it Enduro bro?

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