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A clever alternative to the compressor, Airshot’s rechargeable air canister works better than expected.

A clever alternative to the compressor, Airshot’s rechargeable air canister works better than expected.

As much as I enjoy the benefits of tubeless tires, I loath the process of setting them up. I’m sure I’m not the first person to fill my workshop with splatters of sealant and a barrage of expletives when a tire failed to cooperate. Those frustrations are further compounded when on the road and out of reach of my compressor, a tool I bought for the express purpose of mounting tubeless tires. Although I have had moderate success with Co2 cartridges, they often lack the volume of air required to seat today’s plus- or fat-size tires, and they’re not cheap. When I stumbled across the Airshot, it piqued my interest enough to buy one and give it a whirl.

The Airshot is a small aluminum rechargeable air tank designed to provide the blast of air required to mount even the most cantankerous tires. Like all great products, the Airshot is elegantly simple. Using a standard floor pump, the tank is charged to 130psi via a presta valve at the top of the bottle. The long hose is then connected to the tire valve with a threaded chuck. The compressed air is then released with a levered valve, which offers superb control of airflow.

A clever alternative to the compressor, Airshot’s rechargeable air canister works better than expected.

A clever alternative to the compressor, Airshot’s rechargeable air canister works better than expected.

The threaded valve chuck securely holds the inflation hose in place with no leaking.

The threaded valve chuck securely holds the inflation hose in place with no leaking.

There are many variables that conspire to make tubeless setup a colossal pain in the neck, but the Airshot at least solves the problem of inadequate inflation force. After using it the first time to install tires on my fat bike, I felt confident enough to finally replace all of the worn out tires on my other bikes, and the Airshot performed as advertised with each use.

With an MSRP of $100 the price is a bitter pill, but given how well it works coupled with its portability, I’m pleased I made the purchase.

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