Interbike 2016: SKS Get PUMPED for Tubeless

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September 21, 2016

Bring your own pump
Bring your own pump

At Interbike, the clever folks from SKS were showing a pair of (predictably clever) tubeless tyre seating solutions for home and travel.  The first, above, is the “TL Head,” which is a replacement pump chuck that allows the use of a CO2 cartridge during tubeless tyre installation.

Add CO2 to your pump
Add CO2 to your pump

Simply thread the cartridge into the pump head, attach to valve normally, and then unthread the cartridge slightly, releasing its contents into the tyre.  The idea being that the burst of compressed air will be enough to seat the tyre, which can then be brought to pressure using the pump.  The $33 retail price includes two CO2 cartridges.

Take me to your leader
Take me to your leader

Second in the range is the RideAir cartridge.  Not unlike the Airshot system, the RideAir is a pressure-rated cylinder with a hose and valve.  Using a suitable floor pump, the rider pressurises the RideAir to 200psi before affixing to the to-be-seated tyre and letting ‘er rip.  Selling in the US for $80, the RideAir can even be carried in a bottle cage (though maybe not at pressure).

Add air here
Add air here

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