Tubeless tyres are a great solution to puncture-free riding, but setting up a tubeless tyre can sometimes be tricky and getting the tyre seated can take some practice too, and a good pump and/or inflator.
So here are six of the best that we’ve tested.
Specialized Air Tool Blast
Specialized’s Air Tool Blast needs to be pumped up to a max 140psi David Caudery / Immediate Media
This 2.32kg tyre setter is 50cm tall with a 1,450cc air canister and a stable steel base. Fill the canister to the recommended maximum 140psi via a top-mounted Schrader valve, and flip the side-mounted lever to release air through its hose.
It’s effective, seating a 33mm ’cross tyre on the third blast, and a 28mm road tyre immediately.
Topeak Joe Blow Booster
To fill the Joe Blow Booster’s chamber takes 40 strokes David Caudery / Immediate Media
• Price: £140 / $156.32 / AU$203
This 3.35kg beast has a long hose, a 1-litre aluminium chamber alongside a good-sized pump barrel and a 160psi max pressure. Forty strokes fills the chamber, and a quick flip of the dial and a few extra pumps simply seated the CX and road tyres.
Not cheap, but the best combined system, with huge reach, a simple head and great operation.
Zefal Tubeless Tank
The Zefal Tubeless Tank is a good option if you don’t need a track pump David Caudery / Immediate Media
• Price: £65 / $84.99 / AU$114.99
The novel design has a 1-litre aluminium tank within a body incorporating a 96cm hose with push-on Presta valve. Holding the foot pedal down releases the air — recommended pressure is 145psi — seating the 28mm road tyre in seconds, and the CX tyre in two blasts.
If you don’t need a track pump, this is the most effective option.
Lezyne Digital Pressure Over Drive
The Lezyne Digital Pressure Over Drive has a maximum pressure of 220psi David Caudery / Immediate Media
• Price: £140 / $TBC / AU$230The Lezyne weighs 2.45kg and we found it accurate, though the chuck can be hard to disengage. Maximum pressure is 220psi and 54 strokes will get you to 160psi.
Our CX tyre seated quickly at 180psi with minimal extra pumping, and a 28mm road tyre was easily set up at 125psi.
Bontrager TLR Flash Charger
The Bontrager TLR Flash Charger combines a pump and charging canister David Caudery / Immediate Media
• Price: £100 / $112 /AU$145Combining a pump and charging canister, the Flash is easy to use, though the plastic handle feels a little cheap, and the gauge isn’t that accurate at low pressures.
Forty smooth strokes reach the 160psi limit. Our CX tyre needed additional inflation, but the 28mm tyre seated instantly.
Schwalbe Tyre Booster
There’s no base on the Schwalbe Tyre Booster so it can move about a bit David Caudery / Immediate Media
• Price: £60
Compact and portable, the 160psi cylinder’s top cap has a Presta valve and 54cm hose with a fiddly Presta/Schrader screw-on valve.
With no base it squirms between pump and wheel, but the hose uses its average air volume to good effect, seating our 28mm tyre on the first attempt, and CX tyre on the second, with help from the track pump.