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Review: Fabric’s Accubar inline pressure gauge dials in low-pressure tires

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If your bike fleet consists of everything from road bikes to fat bikes you may have a difficult time getting a precise tire pressure on the low-pressure end. Especially if you’re using a standard bike pump. Fabric’s Accubar gauge aims to get your low-pressure tires as dialed as a fine watch by making standard pumps high-volume accurate.

Fabric Accubar Pressure Gauge

Gauge Build

The Accubar measures in at 228mm long and the gauge at 63mm tall and 44.5mm in diameter. The gauge has a metal ring top and a nylon bottom with a rubber hose. Its dial has .5psi, 1psi, 5psi and 10psi increments up to 40psi. Anything less than 2.5psi will not register. It works both inline with the pump and as a standalone gauge. The $50 device feels nice in-hand and brings durability to mind.

Fabric Accubar

The alloy head works with Schrader and Presta valves by screwing the end in and out. While its rubber hose is just long enough to reduce strain on valve stems.

Fabric Accubar

To the left, there’s an air bleed button that releases pressure in .5psi increments. And it will also release pressure when attached to tires in excess of 40psi.

Fabric Accubar

A pump head attaches to a standard Schrader valve on the bottom of the gauge. The piece is made of plastic which might show wear over time.

Fabric Accubar

Personally, I don’t find the display very large, but the digits and indicator contrast enough to get close to your desired psi. And after topping off you can get it perfect by bleeding air as needed.

Fabric Accubar
Note: Its valve adapter extends outwards for Presta valves and threads in for Schrader (see previous images).

Thoughts

The first thing that came to mind was, “why would I need an inline pressure gauge when there’s already pumps designed for high-volume tires?”. It wasn’t long after that its possibilities were revealed. Rather than hauling dedicated tools on trips, the Accubar lets one pump get the job done for all tires. Additionally, the inline functionality makes it significantly quicker to set pressures compared to checking with a separate device. Plus, it should satisfy anyone’s need for super precise tire pressures. Ultimately, I find it’s a nifty tool to have in the car, shop or bag that saves space and is quite functional.

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Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
4 years ago

For $3 less you can get a Lezyne Macro Floor Digital drive which has a digital display allowing you to get dialed in to the exact PSI. I had to change the chuck on the higher level model I bought several years ago but it lives inside my trunk and is fan freaking tastic for MTB and CX I’ve also used it (very carefully) to add pressure to a fork and worked perfectly. The pump is very durable as well. I’ve left it out in the rain etc and it’s still kicking about in my trunk the only snag was the crappy chuck on the unit new but I fixed that with a $9 replacement

elvis
elvis
4 years ago

One thing I’ve had trouble with is my gauges get clogged with sealant (I’m guessing here) after maybe 1.5 seasons. Except those attached/built in to the pump. Any guess if this is “far enough away” from the valve to not have these issues? I suppose $15 every other year isn’t bad but it’s also annoying 🙂 Anyone have similar issues or perhaps a way to get around that (as in what am I doing wrong). was using the “Meiser Presta-Valve Dial Gauge with Pressure Relief: 30psi” from amazon

Ryan S.
Ryan S.
4 years ago

It’s amazing how difficult it is to find a good pump with an analog gauge that has a usable, accurate range for for mtb tires. 40psi max on a gauge?! Sign me up! I just wish it was built into a pump, and mounted up top where I can see it…go ahead and toss in a pressure chamber so I can seat my tires and there you go. Lezyne gets close, but their digital gauge would be tough to read and their low gauge still reaches 60, so not low enough for more accurate dialing.

As soon as I find a way to order this…

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
4 years ago
Reply to  Ryan S.

Have you tried the lezyne in person? I have found it’s very easy to read despite being low to the ground and I’m blind as a bat

Ryan S.
Ryan S.
4 years ago

I haven’t tried Lezyne’s digital gauge, but have had trouble with glare/reflections on LCD as well as it being too dim. I use my pumps outside, 90% of the time. I don’t think it would be as much of a problem if it was a shop/garage pump.

Bleo
Bleo
4 years ago

I just purchased and returned the lezyne digital alloy over drive floor pump due to accuracy concerns. It doesn’t even read tenths so you’re always going to be +- 1psi at least. Mine would bounce around by an additional 1psi when plugged into any tire and it consistently read about 2psi higher than my calibrated digital inflator that meets California AB32 standards as well as every other random ass pump in the house. I was extremely disapointed nobody makes an accurate digital high volume floor pump for us mtb guys. Crank brothers just released new digital floor pumps but not high volume 🙁

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
4 years ago
Reply to  Bleo

Didn’t realize this. I guess it’s accurate enough for road and XC but obviously Fat bikes need super high levels of accuracy.

SimenF
SimenF
4 years ago

I’ve got the Lezyne CNC Digital Drive Floor Pump and the Meiser Accugage. The reason why I got the Lezyne was to get a good floor pump with a more accurate gauge. The pump is good, but the gauge is not that accurate. Just because it has a good resolution (to 01. psi) doesn’t mean that it is accurate (repeatability to measure the same time after time). For fatbike (2-8 psi) and trail bike (12-18 psi) use I check with the Accugage.

This Fabric gauge seems like a great product if it lasts. PS! The gauge itself looks like a Meiser.

Bob Log
Bob Log
4 years ago
Reply to  SimenF

What makes it look like a Meiser to you? I see that it’s round & has numbers, but beyond that I’m not really seeing anything that would hint at it being anything special. 40psi/3bar on this is rather nice though as I’d love a gauge that gives better resolution than the 60psi ones, but tops out somewhere past 30psi (this wouldn’t be for the bike). Would love to grab a Dwyer digital, but everytime I go to buy one, I decide that’s more money than I can justify on 0.2psi… I don’t really need that accuracy anyway (but it’d be nice to have)

tirider1
tirider1
4 years ago

.SILCA Super Pista for my road, cross,gravel & mtb. No issues with pressures as low as 25 or sealant mucking up the works

Ryan S.
Ryan S.
4 years ago

I’m trying to buy this, but it’s proving impossible. No response from their US distributor. Is there any US release information?

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

Distributed in the US via Cannondale I believe. Maybe check a Cannondale Dealer

Matthew
Matthew
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

<<Cannondale dealer here. Call your local shop, its available now but they will likely have to order it. Part number is FP6358U00OS

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