Airshot – Review

AirShot Tyre Inflator
AirShot Tyre Inflator

Not sure how to review this extremely simple but effective device but here goes.

AirShot has been developed to help you with the inflation of tubeless tyres. I have steered away from tubeless as I didn’t really understand the benefits for starters but also there was a concern that I wouldn’t be able to get sufficient tyre pressure, without a compressor.

You “fill” the AirShot with a normal track pump – pumping to a max of 11 bar or 160 psi.

This effectively results in your having your own little canister of compressed air.

Now connect to either Presta or Schraeder valves (it works with both) on your wheel/tyre and release the valve.

The compressed air rushes out far quicker than you can pump enough pressure by hand to snap the tyre into place.

And that’s it! It really is that simple! It has been a God send for me as I had a tubeless nightmare seating tyres this week (long story).

Go get one now!

RTFM and Don’t Panic

STANS No Tubes / Airshot
STANS No Tubes / Airshot

Yes, read the manual (or talk to the bike/rim manufacturer), do some research and don’t be hasty and go out and buy what you think is the right equipment for your tubeless set up!

My woes yesterday have been settled – just about. Here is a short list of my mistakes and poor assumptions:

  1. I didn’t need the Stans Tubeless kit
  2. I just needed some tape and valves
  3. Rim strips are for converting rims, not for tubeless ready rims
  4. My tyres were NEVER going to seat with the rim strip!
  5. The Stans tape in the kit wasn’t wide enough
  6. A valve from an old inner tube is not the best valve to use
  7. The wheel wasn’t cracked or broken

I learned today a little about wheel technology and how different wheels are made and that small fissures are possible when the rim is cold joined rather than welded.

Wider tape should have sorted this out and Tubeless Round 2 will begin tomorrow.

WTB TCS
WTB Tubeless Compatible System

The only thing I got right on my shopping list was the Airshot tyre inflator – thats a great piece of kit and here’s my review of it..

EDIT – After a puncture and burp free day of uplifting at BikePark Wales at the weekend my tubeless efforts paid off.