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Old 09-17-21, 10:50 AM
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Fantastic, thanks for putting this list together.

Does anyone know what model snap-shut valve EVT is using? Trying to find one that is chrome plated and/or SS for additonal corrsion resistance.
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I bought the Prestaflator years ago and it never worked very well.
There was also the Rapido Pro on Kickstarter. What a scam, complete piece of junk and they refused to refund me.
Gave up and now I use a Lezyne floor pump with Topeak Smarthead.
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Made using parts list + sks adapter and swivel connector

Only issue I'm having is some air leak above 60 psi between the sks adapter and the shrader clip connect -- any suggestions? Looked at getting a EVT presta head that clips onto the shrader clip connecter, but a replacement head from EVT is 58 USD!

Also worth noting McMaster shipping was ~17 USD.

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Thanks for the list!
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Originally Posted by speedyspaghetti
Hey guys -

So I finally pulled the trigger on an air compressor for inflating tubeless tires, blowing dust out of parts, etc. Now I need to pick an inflator.

There's the Park Tool INF-2 which is super expensive, there's the Prestaflator in either "eco" or "pro" design for $50 or $70, and there's a bunch of Amazon ones with good reviews of questionable authenticity.

Which would you guys go for / do you have experience with any of these?

I bought an inexpensive-ish ($50) digital gauge inflator from an eBay seller (there's lots on EBay - digital and analog, analog being cheaper yet). It comes with two "heads" presta and schrader. Connects to the compressor with a normal quick release.

It's accurate - the digital gauge gives the same reading as my digital tire gauge which is also the same (as far as my eyes can tell) as my good old stick type tire gauge and close enough to my pump's gauge for consistent results. So it's as accurate as anything else I use.

I'm sure you can find similar on the mega-site that started out as a bookseller. But I avoid them as much as possible and prefer supporting the small businesses and bike shops that are EBay sellers.
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The Park INF-2 is so good, I consider it indispensible. If cost is a problem, I’d sooner cheap-out on the compressor than deal with an inferior inflator head.

INF-2 is great for its ergonomics, which make it easy and fast to use. If you appreciate the meaning of “workflow,” INF-2 is tops. The one-handed operation is key; those that use a hose lead to the head cannot compete, and ia rigid inflator which cannot switch valve types with the flick of a finger, doesn't include a hook hanger, and doesn’t pivot—- I’m looking at the riculoisly priced aand ridiculous looking EVT, here— is simply ergonomically inferior.

It may seem like a splurge, but having suffered through trying to work with three other inflators, including the piece of cobbled together junk Prestaflator sells— seriously, I’ll never forgive them for that, nor will I spend a dollar on that brand again— the INF-2 seemed heaven-sent. It ended all of my futzing and messing around, and gets jobs done fast.
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The parts on my EVT inflator look a bit different than the list created above.

I LOVE my EVT. One of my kids bought it for me as a Christmas present. Super easy to use, does not leak, nice wall bracket to hang it, and best of all is the pressure gage, it is quite accurate.
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I second the silicone.....I used silicone grease (Ace Hardware) from a small tub, disassemble the Presta grommet and cap, dabbed the hole in the grommet, and re-assembled.....works like a champ!
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Originally Posted by speedyspaghetti
Hey guys -

So I finally pulled the trigger on an air compressor for inflating tubeless tires, blowing dust out of parts, etc.
Out of curiosity, what compressor did you purchase?
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I was at the point where pumping my 700x25 tires to 120lbs just got to be a strain and so I got the Craftsman 1 1/2 gallon compressor -
  • I bought and returned the Park INF-2 inflater - too heavy but it did have a swivel head .
  • I bought and still have the EVT (2 in 1) inflator but the negatives for me are (1) heaviness (2) fixed head which meant I had to inflate at 12 o'clock wheel position to see the gauge , and (3) a tight and consistent presta connection was hard to achieve.
What I'm using now is an old fashion gas station ball chuck with a presta to schrader adapter - and also a hand held gauge to check what the compressor delivers - I already had several hand held gauges and adapters and the ball chuck was under 10 bucks at NAPA I think .

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