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Pumps for tubeless tire installation

Old 01-12-17, 09:10 AM
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Pumps for tubeless tire installation

What are your recommendations for a pump to be used for installing tubeless tires? I'll be installing a tubeless ready Clement tire on a tubeless ready Velocity A23 rim. I'd like to have the right pump for the job. It might as well be useful for my road bike tires at 110 psi, too.
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I heard there is a scheme that includes a air-tank you pressurize with a floor pump to high pressure,
and then the explosive force of quickly releasing the air from that tank, seats the Tubeless Tire.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
I heard there is a scheme that includes a air-tank you pressurize with a floor pump to high pressure,
and then the explosive force of quickly releasing the air from that tank, seats the Tubeless Tire.
Yes, Bontager has this device. I'm wondering what else is available.



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Originally Posted by fietsbob
I heard there is a scheme that includes a air-tank you pressurize with a floor pump to high pressure,
and then the explosive force of quickly releasing the air from that tank, seats the Tubeless Tire.
...Or just get a motorized one, and then you no longer have to pay money to put air in the tires of your Rolling Couch.
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Does it have to be a pump?A co2 inflater will do the trick. I bought one on Amazon that takes the cheapo pellet gun cannisters, seats the bead better than my pump or little garage compressor with a Schrader adapter.

I had read somewhere that co2 might possibly react with the sealant quicker than air, limiting it's useful lifetime. It's worked fine for me, but maybe someone else has a different story.
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Originally Posted by wheelsmcgee
Does it have to be a pump?A co2 inflater will do the trick. I bought one on Amazon that takes the cheapo pellet gun cannisters, seats the bead better than my pump or little garage compressor with a Schrader adapter.

I had read somewhere that co2 might possibly react with the sealant quicker than air, limiting it's useful lifetime. It's worked fine for me, but maybe someone else has a different story.
Due to thermodynamics you'll freeze at least some of the sealant. Also the tire will lose pressure faster than when filed with air


Just get a compressor
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I use a co2 cartridge and then after sealing I deflate and refill with a regular pump.
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I'd recommend getting a compressor, too. Could save you a lot of frustration and hassle.
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The problem is, all of the pumps made for "tubeless installation" like the Topeak Joe Blow Booster, Bontrager Flash, Jenson Airblast, all cost more than a basic direct-drive compressor ( like this CH 1-gallon oilless,) which can be had for as little as $50, and will be a lot more useful.
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There a several high pressure containers being sold that you pump from your floor pump. I have an Air Shot.

FYI - It's all about volume when seating tubeless tires so, removed the valve core to get as much air as quickly as possible into the tire. I think Presta Cycle sells a high volume presta adapter.
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I use tubeless on most of my bikes at this point. Many low volume tires (maybe up to 28mm) can be mounted with a regular floor pump. Also, as others have mentioned a good compressor will cost significantly less than something like the Flash Charger. I got a Porter-Cable 6 gallon compressor (it's overkill) on sale for ~$90 from Amazon with a set of fittings and an air line and it has worked well with everything up to a 5" fat tire. A regular needle fitting (usually included with a compressor) with a $0.50 presta adapter works well, just turn up the regulator all the way to really blast the tire. Also, a compressor is useful around the house. Once you have the beads seated, you don't need a special pump obviously.

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