SKS pops tubeless tires into place with new TL Pump Head, Clip on Saddle Fender, More

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If all of those new floor pumps for seating tubeless tires have your interest, but your current pump is working just fine, SKS may have the answer. Tubeless compatible floor pumps work by storing a large amount of air and releasing it all at once. Sort of how co2 inflators work. So, rather than buy a whole new pump, SKS is introducing a pump head that will allow you to use either co2 cartridges, or regular air pressure to help seat those tires…

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The TL Head is just as it looks – it’s a standard pump head that has a reversible presta/schrader chuck, but it also has a co2 port on the top. After locking the head on the tire valve, you can thread in the cartridge to puncture it, then unthread it to control the flow of co2. According to SKS, the release of the cartridge should be enough to seat most tubeless tires.

The benefits of the system are clearly in the fact that it takes a lot less work than pumping up the storage chamber on other pumps, and this head is supposedly compatible with any floor pump. On the flip side, you will have to use up a lot of co2 cartridges over time if you’re setting up a lot of tires or don’t get it right the first time. Better buy in bulk.

Sold with the TL Head, 2 co2 cartridges, and a tire lever, the package will sell of $29.99 and will be available around October.

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Saddle mounted fenders are nothing new, but SKS will soon have their own available in the S-Guard. By using an injection molding process, SKS claims their fenders are tougher than the competition and it certainly seemed to attach to the saddle more securely than others we’ve seen. Available later this summer, the S-Guard will sell for $12.99.

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It’s been 50 continuous years for their original Rennkompressor floor pump, so to celebrate SKS is introducing a 50th anniversary edition. Available in 5000 units, the $109 pump has a special finish, premium wood handle, and leather holder with a presta only brass chuck.

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As darkness fell on the presentation, it was a perfect chance to talk about their new Hi-Viz fenders. A more visible version of their popular X-tra Dry fender, the bright options will include orange and yellow and will sell for the same $17 retail price this fall.

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Finally, SKS had some fun with their Anywhere mounts with Omni Straps and showed just what crazy things you could mount to your bike. Part of the demonstration was to show how strong the velcro was – it was basically impossible to pull it apart. With a little imagination, the sky is the limit for what you can attach to your ride and the kit of two mounts and two straps only runs $13.99.

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Groghunter
Groghunter
6 years ago

Who would waste a CO2 in order to seat a tubeless tire?

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
6 years ago
Reply to  Groghunter

Far too many people

Hamjam
Hamjam
6 years ago
Reply to  Groghunter

If you are away from home and it is being stubborn, I am willing to use one, but a regular chuck would work fine.

ed
ed
6 years ago

genius

Aaron
Aaron
6 years ago

Yeah, I really want to waste a buck every time I seat a tire.

Jon
Jon
6 years ago

Just pump harder! I have never had a problem seating a bead, maybe it’s more of an issue for fat bikes.

Old fut
Old fut
6 years ago

Ohhh Lordy. What did they dress that yo-eddy up with? Is that a roll of toilet paper??

Abe Churning
Abe Churning
6 years ago

You can get a pancake air compressor for $60 on Harbor Freight and it’ll do way more than seat tubeless tires.

kbark
kbark
6 years ago

burn a Co2 cartridge every time?

Andrew Dasilva
6 years ago

What kind of saddle is that with the Easton post?

Lovely shape for me, I believe.

CyclistA
CyclistA
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Dasilva

It’s an older Fizik Tundra (inverted diamond pattern). Not sure if the current ones just have a different pattern or if the profile is different too. Might find new old stock on eBay.

Silver
Silver
6 years ago

Why would I buy a new pump nozzle to use a CO2 cartridge when i could just use a CO2 inflator? Sounds like a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

Aaron
Aaron
6 years ago

I was really hoping that you’d be able to FILL the CO2 cartridge, then release the air in one fell swoop. Except air doesn’t work that way.

Filling up tubeless tires with Co2 is kind of dumb… Air is basically free.

chase
chase
6 years ago

This is a fantastic idea. It sure beats the Turbo Charger pumps. I could just swap heads and use my CO2 cartridges when not home seating a tire with my Air Compressor. Genius.
Really, how many need to seat tires w/o an air compressor? I would need it maybe 1-2 times a year.

bbb
bbb
6 years ago

Will stick with my 3 years old ghetto Coke bottle compressor. Works reliably every time.

Greg
Greg
6 years ago

60% of the time, it works every time

Bubbrubb
Bubbrubb
6 years ago

April Fools.

thesteve4761
thesteve4761
6 years ago

How is that pump any better than just using a Co2 inflator? Can anybody explain?

cousin it
cousin it
6 years ago

A permanent ‘solution’ based on disposable steel cartriges has got to be the pinnacle of waste and irresponsible design.

Pretty bad that this comes from a German company, considering Germany is generally quite advanced in regards to sustainable design and manufacturing.

lame!

chase
chase
6 years ago
Reply to  cousin it

Lighten up Francis! How is this any different than using them in the field to blow up a tire?
You know what isn’t sustainable? Bad ideas that don’t sell.
This will sell even if it is just a head to fasten to an existing hose on a pump. Not everyone has an air comp nearby.
Nice work by SKS.