Schwalbe’s Tire Booster is here to make seating tubeless tire beads easy. The Tire Booster was developed in collaboration with British company, Airshot.
Many tubeless tires will snap into place with just a floor pump, but despite advances in technology, some tire and rim combinations can still prove difficult. The challenge is getting a big enough burst of air to push the tire beads out of the rim’s center channel and against the rim’s bead. If you’re blessed with loads of fast-twitch muscle fibers a floor pump sometimes suffices, but failing that, an air compressor is needed.
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Schwalbe’s Tire Booster requires a floor pump to pump up the cylinder full of air through its Schrader valve. Once full, attach it to the tubeless wheel, and a quick-release valve lets the air rush in at up to 11 bar / 159psi, which should be plenty to pop even the most stubborn tire beads into place. If you have a seriously defiant rim/tire combo, Schwalbe offers valve core remover to maximize airflow entering the tire.
Bontrager’s Flash Charger TLR pump is a similar solution. It combines the floor pump and pressurized chamber into one single pump whereas the Schwalbe version requires a separate floor pump to fill the chamber. There are also DIY set ups if you’re handy and have common bike stuff laying around, but of course they’re quite a bit less polished and more prone to not working.
Look for the Schwalbe Tire Booster to be available in December 2016 from bicycle retailers for €59.90, US and Australian pricing not available.