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Zéfal stomps into tubeless tire seating with new Tubeless Tank

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There are a lot of tubeless rim and tire combos out there that can be seated with a floor pump, but more often then not, you’re gonna need some help. For years mechanics and riders have looked to air compressors to get the burst of air needed to seat stubborn tubeless tires, but not everyone wants to deal with a heavy, loud beast of a compressor that has to be plugged in. That gave rise to the more technically inclined to create their own tubeless inflation tanks, which like most things eventually turned into real products.

The ideal is pretty simple. Use a pump to inflate a secondary tank that is then released all at once to pop your tire into place. For their entry into the category, Zéfal has introduced a stand alone tubeless tank that can be used with any pump to get your tires rolling…

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Looking more like the ghost trap from Ghostbusters than a bike pump, the Tubeless Tank is housed in a rectangular box with a foot switch. At one end you have a standard presta valve that any floor pump can connect to, so that you can inflate the 1 liter tank up to a recommended 145 psi (230 psi max).Underneath the tank is a hose that will connect to the presta valves on your wheels , and can be stowed when not in use. Once the tank is filled to the minimum 145 psi and the hose is connected to your valves, step on the lever and let ‘er rip. Sold with an included valve core tool to remove valves for easier inflating, the Tubeless Tank retails for €79.95.

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Groghunter
Groghunter
7 years ago

a little expensive, but the footswitch idea is a good one, as having your hands free to push in any spots where the the bead is leaving a gap can really help get a tire to seat.

bearcol
bearcol
7 years ago

I have a bontrager flash charger. These floor pump inflaters are great for road trips. A proper compressor is quite a bit better as you would expect, but when you don’t have access to your garage, manual inflaters are pretty nice.

myke2241
myke2241
7 years ago
Reply to  bearcol

Good point about being on the road.

Ed Ng
Ed Ng
7 years ago
Reply to  bearcol

I love my Bontrager TLR Flashcharger for setting up my numerous tubeless wheel/tire combinations, but it is otherwise kind of a crap floor pump compared to my Lezyne Steel Floor Drive because there’s no bypass for the chamber, so if you’re trying to use the pump just to inflate, there’s an annoying lag of the air passing through the chamber before reaching the tire. You’re basically inflating both, the chamber and the tire simultaneously, doing twice the work. All it needs is a bypass to be a perfect floor pump! As it stands, my TLR Flashcharger sits around and only gets used to set up/maintain my tubeless setups, while my Lezyne (which I’ve had long before I bought the Bonty) remains my go-to day-to-day pump. I also much prefer the thread-on chuck over finicky flip-chucks.

Gentle_Wrench
Gentle_Wrench
7 years ago

I just want to know what it did to that poor brake rotor…

Tomi
Tomi
7 years ago
Reply to  Gentle_Wrench

We call that a Photoshop’s magic wand error.

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