Peaty’s Holeshot tubeless puncture repair plug kit uses a new hook-shaped design that offers, the brand claims, easier use and better sealing. The matching Holeshot Co2 inflator also differs from the norm, with an inline design that is said to provide more efficient inflation.
Holeshot puncture plug kit design and detail
The aim of a tubeless puncture plug kit is very simple – use something to plug a hole in your tyre.
The most common way to do this is to force a small, sticky, rubberised strip (the tubeless plug), into the hole in the tyre.
Peaty’s has created a small tool for this exact purpose, but the brand’s approach is a little different to most.
Normally, the plug tool used to force the tubeless plug into the tyre is a twin-pronged fork. The plug sits between the prongs of the plug tool and the rider then forces this into the hole in the tyre.
When the tool is removed from the tyre, the plug should stay there, stopping air from escaping.
Peaty’s says it experimented with different plug tool shapes but came to the conclusion that the twin-fork tool design isn’t the optimal solution.
Instead, it has opted to go for what it dubs the ‘hook-and-a-half’ design.
While it looks like something straight out of a fishing tackle box, the idea behind the shape is said to have been heavily tested and, if it does as promised, could prevent a lot of trailside agony.
The hook-and-a-half shape of the plug tool is claimed to make loading the tyre plugs easier. It’s pointed and sharp too, which, Peaty’s says, helps it fit into smaller holes without widening them.
Peaty’s says you can pre-load plugs securely into the tool if you’re racing and need a really quick fix.
Locked and loaded
The plug kit sits within a small aluminium canister. The lid – which covers the length of the tool – unscrews and can be reattached to the base of the tool, acting as a handle when in use.
Inside the lid, you’ll find 1.5mm and 3mm plugs, which Peaty’s claims will work with every sealant out there, not just its own.
The canister is claimed to be properly sealed and watertight to ensure the contents stay dry. At 65mm when closed, it’s pretty compact and should be easy to stash in your pack or on your bike.
Holeshot CO2 inflator design and detail
The Peaty’s Holeshot CO2 inflator uses an inline spring-loaded push valve design. This enables you to regulate flow – the harder you push, the more Co2 is released.
According to Peaty’s, an inline inflator – as opposed to one that forces the air through a 90-degree bend – gives the fastest and most efficient inflation.
Peaty’s says this is especially the case when used with the cartridge shooting downward into the valve (apparently, there’s a marked difference in airflow if you flip the inflator so it’s pointing upwards).
This design is also said to minimise icing.
The inline design means the valve can be pushed on rather than screwed. Peaty’s says this means you are less likely to bend or break a valve. The Holeshot inflator will only work with Presta valves.
The in-line design could help make it easier/less awkward to store, too. At just 43mm long (without the cartridge attached), most riders should have space for it somewhere.
Peaty’s has also included a silicone sleeve that wraps fully around the cartridge, including its base, which should help to protect your hands when in use.
Holeshot puncture plug kit and Holeshot CO2 inflator range overview
The puncture plug kit comes with 1.5mm and 3mm plugs and in a range of 12 colours.
Peaty’s offers the Holeshot CO2 inflator kit with a 16g cartridge for road and gravel use, along with a 25g cartridge for mountain bike use. This also comes in 12 colours.
- Peaty’s Holeshot Plug kit: £21.99
- Peaty’s Holeshot C02 inflator with 16g kit: £27.99
- Peaty’s Holeshot C02 inflator with 25g kit: £29.99