First Look: Peaty's Holeshot Tire Plugs & CO2 Inflators Promise Faster Puncture Repairs

May 10, 2022 at 9:52
by Seb Stott  

Tubeless tire plugs are nothing new but they're really handy. They make it possible to keep a tire running tubeless even after sustaining a large hole or tear, meaning there's usually no need to install a tube on the trailside and then try and fix the tire later on so it can be run tubeless again. A tire that no longer holds air without a tube isn't much use to many mountain bikers, so they can save money (and waste) on new tires too.

Well that was... informative.

Today Peaty's products are launching a tire plug kit that is a little different from those we've seen before. Most plug tools use a symmetrical prong to hold the rubber plug and insert it into the tire. But these can be fiddly to load up with larger plugs, and can sometimes pull the plug back out again when removing the tool. For smaller punctures, the large forked end can cause more damage to the tire by widening the hole more than necessary.

Peaty's solution is what they call a ‘Hook and a Half’ plug tool, with an asymmetrical shape designed to minimise tire damage, hold either 3 mm or 6 mm pugs without faff, and pull out without taking the plug with it. According to them, this is useful for fixing any puncture, but especially for those on lightweight cross-country, gravel or even road tires, where the reduced damage s even more important to the structure of the tire.

The kit includes an aluminum plug holder with three 1.5 and three 3mm plugs.

They're also launching a CO2 inflator that's designed so the cartridge is in-line with the valve. According to Peaty's, this makes inflation faster when compared to other CO2 inflators. If the cartridge is aligned vertically above the valve, the liquid CO2 drops into the tire, and then rapidly turns to gas in the tire, making inflation even faster. Peaty's say you can inflate a flat and burped 29x 2.4" tire to over 30psi in 15 seconds. Also, the push-on valve opens by simply pushing it onto the Presta valve, so there's no chance of the valve core unscrewing after use.

The plug kits and inflators are available in twelve colors as used by Chris King.

The plug kit costs £21.99 / €25.99 / $29.99 USD, while the inflator kits including two 25 g CO2 cartridges cost £29.99 /€34.99 / USD$39.99.

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  • 72 9
 Going to be using that a lot if you use peaty's sealant.....
  • 10 0
 Rim tape is rubbish too
  • 2 0
 @chamy: correct 15quid i paid and the thing doesn't even stick to the rim. The rest of the products are fine tho
  • 47 0
 Looks tidy, but which part of my bike does this stow nicely in? Surely I'm not meant to carry it in my pockets like a peasant...
  • 4 0
 Yeah, just get some cheap ones that can be stored in the handlebar oder cranks
  • 9 0
 Of course it doesn't go in your pocket! You obviously are supposed to strap this onto your bike externally, preferably with a clear strap of some sort, otherwise how would you show off the sweet fancy colors. Fancy colors... on a tool... that you probably hope to never have to use...
  • 46 0
 I think you know where this is supposed to go.
  • 17 0
 @aaronjb: You have a flat? Hold on one second, let me get my Peaty's Hotshot out of my prison wallet. You might want to keep your gloves on, had curry last night.
  • 10 0
 In your prison pocket…..
  • 2 0
 The CO2 inflator is sure to be a hit with the gravity crowd
  • 1 0
 @bashhard: This comment is uber gold Wink
  • 2 0
 @aaronjb: Then I suppose you haven't seen nukeproof's Bullet plug kit
  • 10 5
 I made my own hook'n'half out of the Lezyne kit. That thing was crazy big, yet a complete pain in the balls to load. Much better now....
  • 5 0
 My Lezyne kit is as big as one of those tube patch kit with a tiny plastic box - pretty much the size shown for this Peaty's Holeshot tool. It's also 1/5 the price in CAD! I guess everyone's gonna be making that sharp hook with Dremel tool here on out.
  • 1 0
 That's a great idea! Threading a plug through there sucks.
  • 1 0
 The first time I used my tubeless plug installer I had to prise it apart with pliers to make it wide enough to get the worm in so this is a good idea
  • 3 0
 How many sidewall tears are you guys getting a year? I bought a dart and also carry a dynaplug and have had the latter for years without ever having to use them. I keep hearing that the dart sucks and I guess I will find out eventually...
  • 5 1
 I'm on year 5 of not needing a plug. There has got to be people out there plugging away like crazy though, right?
  • 4 4
 DD rear casing, EXO front and Cushcore out back. For those brave souls who ride rough rocky trails at speed on thinner casings, tears and failures are a regular part of life.
  • 2 0
 My record is four in a day! I used my tube and then all my friends' tubes too Big Grin
  • 1 0
 1 plug in two years for me.
  • 3 0
 I just carry them to give them to my fellow riders. Same with tubes.
  • 1 0
 I got one, but that was vertical slice 5cm long, so no plugging that. But last year got puncture in the thread of brand new DHR and managed to plug it and ride whole season on it.
  • 2 1
 Crankbros Cigar Tool has worked great for me... thankfully I've only had to use it twice. I haven't bothered trying any other options.
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 Just tried to order and they will not ship to the US because of the C02 cartridge.. Peaty- Make an option without the c02 included!
  • 10 8
 I switched to the Stans Dart and haven't thought of strips since.
  • 21 1
 Ah yes, the tire plug that relies on a plastic fiddly bit to not break when inserting, and then not ping around in your tire afterword. Everyone I know who has tried these has found them to be an epic failure. Since the start of tubeless, simple bacon strips have been the most reliable and affordable option.
  • 2 2
 @bonkmasterflex: I have had no issue with the Dart plugging the hole, but it is dumb that you then have to remove the tire to get that thing out of the tire later. I have gone back to the bacon strips because of that
  • 5 5
 @bonkmasterflex: maybe I'm the only one but even with bacon strips you should remove them after the ride and put a permanent internal patch on anyways. As for the actual use I'll deal with the plastic rattling around because it lets me finish the ride without dealing with a leaky plug.
  • 1 0
 @skierdud89: you may be right about the permanent patch, but I haven't yet. To be fair I have only had glass cuts, clean and small on a gravel tire and a rock slice center tread on an xc tire. They both just have the bacon strips in them and have been working for months and many kilometers.
  • 2 0
 Stans darts are a game changer. I've had them last the life of a tire. Bacon strips have never worked for me.
  • 2 3
 Man this is my first time ever going below threshold. PB sure has changed over the years, people are so eager to dish out the downvotes these days. lol
  • 1 0
 @skierdud89: Stan's had a bad run (or two) of darts that would lose all the feathers and therefore not seal. Since that fix, I haven't heard of any issues.
  • 1 0
 I’ve used 3 darts in the same rear tire (found my lowest psi for EXO+ the hard way) and they’ve been holding strong for 6+ months. Darts are amazing, they also have the added benefit of saving air pressure since you can use them almost instantly
  • 4 0
 I’ve heard that the new Darts work.

I’ve seen every dart tried trailside fail…..
  • 1 0
 @wyorider: I'm 3 out of 3 for successful darts, one of them was in a race.

The biggest difference I've found was switching to EXO casings though, that's a game changer, especially in areas like the South of the UK which are full of flints
  • 1 0
 @bonkmasterflex: Dynaplug enters the chat
  • 2 0
 @HankHank: what do you mean switching to exo? From regural non-exo/non-dd?

I'm no ripper but exo for me is paper, exo+ is okay, but can be punctured or sliced if unlucky... Can't imagine standard tire holding up except for non aggressive xc.
  • 2 0
 @Plancktonne: yep from non-exo XC race ones, a complete waste of time. My trail bike is exo+ and gets by ok.
  • 1 0
 @stephenthesquirrel: too expensive + now you've got a metal fob in your tire. I've sealed everything from nasty snakebike pinches to big gashes with stacks of bacon. I've got a cheap took (which looks nearly identical to this one) that I pre-load with a strip.

I also run EXO+ and an insert in the rear... so knock on wood I haven't had a puncture in my last year of riding... but I've saved a few folks trailside this season already haha.
  • 2 0
 @HankHank: I didn't even know you could have something cheaper than EXO!! :O
  • 5 3
 Don't you mean "First Look: Peaty without a TLD lid"??
  • 3 1
 Do I need it? No. Do I want it? Yes

I'm a sucker for a shiny thing.
  • 1 0
 I can’t remember the last time I got a puncture. A slash, or dented/cracked rim sure. But a puncture?
  • 1 0
 I've had limited success with plug kits and I've had a few, I'll just roll out and destroy my tyre and Cushcore instead.
  • 1 0
 Could be designed to go inside your grip maybe?
  • 2 2
 As much as I like Peaty I struggle to want to buy this stuff just because its fancy colours and has Peaty's name on.
  • 1 0
 That thumb needs a class of water stat!
  • 1 1
 Nope, not ever, Never - another bandwagon jumper, give it up mate.
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