Just how important is it to set your tyres to the right pressure? According to Wil, it is VERY important, and it can make a huge difference to how your bike rides on the trail. In a quest to find the best tool for the job, Wil and the gang have tested out six different tyre pressure gauges. Next up is the Accubar from Fabric.
Released around a year ago, the Accubar is Fabric’s attempt to produce an accurate tyre pressure gauge for mountain bikers. With a fairly narrow 0-40 psi range, this isn’t meant for high-pressure road tyres.
Like the EVT gauge, the Accubar gets a large analogue dial to read tyre pressure. The dial is a bit bigger than the EVT one, though the font is a touch smaller so it isn’t quite as easy to read. That said, it does also include a bar reading on the inside for those who measure as such. According to Fabric, the Accubar will provide a measuring accuracy of 1%, so across the scale you’ll be within 0.4 psi of the actual pressure. That’s probably good enough for most of us.
Attached to the dial is a short length of hose and a threaded seal head. Cleverly, this head can be extended for use with Presta valves, or pushed back down for use with Schrader valves. Because it threads onto the valve though, this does increase the risk of also unthreading the valve core when removing the gauge from your wheel. I had that happen on two separate occasions, and it was mighty annoying. Both times. To be fair, this is likely only to happen if your valve core isn’t quite done up tight enough, and it isn’t exclusive to the Accubar gauge – the threaded valve heads on Lezyne pumps are notorious for de-coring valves. Still, I’d prefer to see a different system for attaching the gauge to the valve.
De-coring issues aside, the Accubar is a neat piece of kit to use. It provides easy reading of tyre pressure, and a sprung, metal bleed valve on the side allows you to easily lower the pressure to your desired setting. The hose can make it a touch awkward to fit inside your riding pack, but then it’s always easy to find amongst all the other crap in there.
Additionally, the Accubar is the only gauge tested here that can be run inline with a pump. A secondary valve on the back of the dial allows you to clip a pump on, so you can inflate your tyre and set the air pressure in the one process. If anything, you’ll surprise yourself by how inaccurate your floor pump is.
A nifty pressure gauge that is accurate and easy to use. Unfortunately the valve de-coring issue marks it down, but if you make sure your valves are tightened up correctly, this is an excellent option.
|Tested:||by Wil Barrett for 4 months|