Coming this spring, PrestaFlator’s new PrestaFlator Pro is a one-handed take on controlled tire inflation.  When connected to an air compressor, the new US-made model will allow easier better-controlled inflation of tires.  Dave from PrestaFlator was kind enough to give us the scoop- check it and other news out after the break!

The prototype shown here is largely complete, though the adjustable inflation button (turn to adjust flow, press to inflate) will be moved to the gage side on production models (which we agree is more ergonomic).  The second button shown is a bleed valve, which will be welcome to tubeless tire users, which can require high pressures to seat.  The PrestaFlator Pro will be available with 40, 80 120, or 220psi gages and should hit the market somewhere between $100 and $130.

In other PrestaFlator news, this updated gasket is said to seat better on the top of Presta valves (against the first step) and will retrofit to Silca pump heads as well as PrestaFlator devices.  Very reasonable at $3.  Finally, strong sales have allowed the company to reduce PrestaLever (reviewed here) prices to $6 apiece or $15 for three.

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B Doxsee
B Doxsee
9 years ago

How is the gauge supposed to fit between the spokes of a traditionally laced wheel ?

JoeKing
JoeKing
9 years ago

Why not digital…could be much smaller, & they wouldn’t need different gauges.

brennan
brennan
9 years ago

Technically speaking I’m not sure if this is possible, but after all of my shop experience it seems like it would have been a logical choice to place the gauge lower on the handle below the head of the pump. As Doxsee said, the current model looks like it might not fit traditionally spoked wheels.

Marc
Marc
9 years ago

How are you supposed to read the gauge while inflating? Am I missing something there?

Someslowguy
Someslowguy
9 years ago

B Doxsee – I can only imagine the gauge is relatively thin albeit super wide, so rotate it 90 degrees, push through spoke, turn back 90 degrees then inflate. Simply conjecture on my part, but maybe that’s it.

Marc #2 – maybe you just need to inflate with the valve at 12 o clock, or at 6 o clock if you’re laying on the floor looking up at your bike. Thinking about it, with the old problem solvers airbob I think I was always using it with valves at 12o clock.

Marc #1 – can you comment?

David Finlayson
9 years ago

FROM THE MANUFACTURER:

The gauge(s) will be optional. If you set your destination pressure with the regulator on your compressor, you might not even feel the need to use a gauge. We will offer gauges of a few different pressure ranges, but the tool will use standard 1/8″ gauge threads so you can use any 1″ – 2.5″ gauge including a digital gauge. The tool uses a rubber washer to seal the gauge so that gauges can be swapped on and off the tool without the need for glue or tape. Most gauges are low profile in height, meaning that on the occasion you have a traditional wheel (32 or 36 spoke), you can rotate the tool as you pass through the spokes. The gauge mount will also have a 360 degree rotational feature. The optimal position to use the tool is at the 12:00 position, because you don’t need to get down on your knees. However with the rotating gauge, you can use it at any position that works for you.

Jeff
Jeff
9 years ago

“FROM THE MANUFACTURER:

The gauge(s) will be optional.”

Is it possible that tire sealant might plug up the gauge, and, if it does, is it serviceable?

TB
TB
9 years ago

Will this be available without a gauge? I actually work for a gauge company, and I have access to lots of highly accurate gauges.