What's your Fav Co2 Inflator

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by bvader, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    So I rarely use mine but when you need to they are awesome.

    So so apparently leaving mine in bottom of pack sweat, water years led to a pretty spectacular half frozen-fail today.

    So what's your CO2 tool of choice?

    Small ... functional are the requirements

    My last one was like... This good until it failed but hey it gave me 10+ years

    https://www.jensonusa.com/MSW-INF-100-Windstream-Inflator-Head
     
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  2. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Watching with intense interest....I don't use them. :confused:
     
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  3. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
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  4. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    The one @Faust29 gave me. :) Just like the one I gave my friend. :bang:

    A simple spring-loaded one like in the OP link. I’ve gotten multiple uses over months out of a 4og air can with it just rattling around in my pack with the inflator on it.

    The smaller, heavier cans don’t cut it for modern tires and, heaven forbid, re-seating a tubeless. The 40g ones are spendy but worth it IMO.

    My old one, like the one one Steve gave me. And too-small air cans:

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  5. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I've never owned nor used one. Are they cool?
     
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  6. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
    My fave is the one that never gets used.
    I have CB one in my pack. Never used it.
     
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  7. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    Duh...Enduro Bro!

    For Tubeless MTB probably use once in 10 years , for Road riding they are indispensable
     
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  8. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    I would only use one for racing and it (or I should say I) failed the several times I attempted, only to finish it off with a pump.

    No thank you!:)
     
  9. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Unknown
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    Any of them with a valve, the Lyzene one works great.

    That said, I only carry one when racing, otherwise I just carry a pump. I have seen people run out of CO2 inflators and get stuck. I was one of them early in my commuter days.
     
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  10. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Always carry a pump.
    Always carried CO2, never used it in my tires... Stopped carrying one, @Luis saved with one of his.
    I have had luck rebeading tires with a 20g cartridge and the valve stem removed so,
    I again carry a single, threaded 20g with one of those red, screw on back off type of nozzle.
    Fits into a sweet little SWAT adapter with a tube and lever that screws under my Phenom seat. Dropper friendly.
     
  11. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    Same boat. Carry-over from my roadie days. Stand there pumping away (even with a full-sized frame pump) or psst-psst>go. I'll take the latter.

    I haven't had a flat in years, but prolly will having read this thread. So where's that damn pump?
     
  12. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    I use the genuine innovations inflator, with usually 3 cartridges. But I also carry a pump. I try to be overly prepared.
     
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  13. Obsidian

    Obsidian Member

    Location:
    Costa Mesa
    Name:
    Obsidian
    Current Bike:
    2017 Intense Tracer
    I got this one free from Amazon a couple of years ago. They were giving them away at the time (I might have even been referred to it by someone on this forum, can't remember).

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H1YCHYO/?tag=imtbtrails-20

    It works well, but the first time I used it I drained an entire cartridge. It requires a bit of finesse.
     
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  14. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    I used to use one for sealing tires and it worked well... Same one that mike linked to. I didn't need it after getting the Lezyne floor pump with inflator tank, so it sat in the toolbox... Until mike mentioned he needed a simple one that worked.

    I have had a couple of the "better" ones, which were always more complex.... And prone to failure. Stick to the simple ones.
     
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  15. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    And practice at home with your preferred inflation widget. Yeah, you'll waste a few cartridges but you won't have to figure it out on the trail.
     
  16. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS

    Same thing.....hold over from roadie days. I carried one for a while when I went tubeless....but my CB pump is about the same size, so I can use it more than once. Now it just sits on the self.
     
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  17. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Yep, I always carry co2 and a pump. Pump never runs out of air, and co2 can keep you tubeless after you bust the bead to patch the inside of a tire.
     
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  18. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    I looked everywhere, but couldn't find my old mini. Maybe I threw it off a cliff. Guess I'll need a new one-- CB, Lezyne..?
     
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  19. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I don't have one, never used one. Even on the road bike.
     
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  20. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    I ordered a light from Portland design works last year and ended up adding an inflator to the order. No complaints and the leather sheath for the cartridge is a nice touch. https://ridepdw.com/collections/inflation

    I carry both CO2 and a pump.

    I've seen enough people have problems with CO2 which could have left them stranded had they been alone. Or what happens if you use both your cartridges to re-seat and re-fill a tire, then you are stuck with nothing if you don't have a pump.

    A pump can fail as well, and I have had that happen. Had to bail on a bikepack last year because my pump that had worked perfectly for 15 yrs suddenly stopped working. Double misfortune was that my CO2 and schraeder adaptor didn't make it over to my larger pack when I prepared for the trip. I had no way to add air to my tire when I noticed it was low, had to limp out back to the truck.
     
  21. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    No pump; no CO2? Just huff and puff and BLOW the tire up?
     
  22. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Oh yeah, I picked up one of those as well. Thanks to whoever posted the link!!! I don't think I've used it though. I have an old, clunky CO2 inflator that looks almost like a mini pump. It works great! I use it to seat new tires, as my floor pump only works half the time at best.
     
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  23. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Au contraire, mon frere. I have a Rule-30-violating Lezyne frame pump. It'll fill a tire almost as fast as COO. :thumbsup:
     
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  24. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    Ohhhhh.. a frame pump. Bro.

    But wait, only 8" long? Still semi-mini to me. For a moment I thought you were talking old school 20" mode, like my old zefal. Efficiency for the win, scissor-dude.
     
  25. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Figured it out: An old Planet Bike inflator: https://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/th...-sentence-or-comment.2031/page-68#post-139916
     
  26. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    I went minimalist ... The spring press on but I wanted the Lezyne with the valve if this one gives me any Guff that's where I'm going
     
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