Airshot tubeless tyre inflator review

Pain-free tubeless fitting

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Airshot’s deceptively simple can charger finally takes easy tubeless tyre fitting out of the garage and up to the trailhead/race paddock.

The problem with tubeless tyres has always been getting enough air into them fast enough to seal the bead on to the rim without an air compressor or a frenzied – and often futile – track pump session. There are various homebrew inflator solutions involving cola bottles and butchered pumps, and Bontrager's Flash Charger has moved the game on by leaps and bounds, but Airshot's South Wales based designers have really done the job properly.

All you do is screw the metal hose chuck on to your valve (this is more secure than a push-fit head), inflate the blue tank to 130psi with a track pump, turn the dump valve and – woomf! – you get instant inflation on every reliable tubeless/tubeless ready setup we’ve tried.

The price might seem high for a tin tank and a pump hose but Airshot has sweated the details to make it as fool and leak proof as possible. There’s even a valve core adaptor in case yours is too full of old sealant to get enough air through fast enough. It’s totally reusable too, and as long as you’ve got a pump to fill it in the first place, you can use it just about anywhere.

For non-EU enquiries about this product, contact Airshot directly.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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