Interbike 2012: PrestaFlator Pro goes one-handed, PrestaLever price drop

Coming this spring, PrestaFlator’s new PrestaFlator Pro is a one-handed take on controlled tire inflation.  When connected to an air compressor, the new US-made model will allow easier better-controlled inflation of tires.  Dave from PrestaFlator was kind enough to give us the scoop- check it and other news out after the break!

The prototype shown here is largely complete, though the adjustable inflation button (turn to adjust flow, press to inflate) will be moved to the gage side on production models (which we agree is more ergonomic).  The second button shown is a bleed valve, which will be welcome to tubeless tire users, which can require high pressures to seat.  The PrestaFlator Pro will be available with 40, 80 120, or 220psi gages and should hit the market somewhere between $100 and $130.

In other PrestaFlator news, this updated gasket is said to seat better on the top of Presta valves (against the first step) and will retrofit to Silca pump heads as well as PrestaFlator devices.  Very reasonable at $3.  Finally, strong sales have allowed the company to reduce PrestaLever (reviewed here) prices to $6 apiece or $15 for three.

prestaflator.com

Comments

B Doxsee - 09/23/12 - 3:46pm

How is the gauge supposed to fit between the spokes of a traditionally laced wheel ?

JoeKing - 09/23/12 - 8:33pm

Why not digital…could be much smaller, & they wouldn’t need different gauges.

Marc - 09/23/12 - 10:07pm

Joe,

The reason that PrestaCycle went with analog is that it’s easier to follow while inflating. The time digital gages take to read make it more difficult to ease off as your target pressure approaches. That said, if they can find the right digital gage, look for it as an option in the future.

marc

brennan - 09/23/12 - 11:25pm

Technically speaking I’m not sure if this is possible, but after all of my shop experience it seems like it would have been a logical choice to place the gauge lower on the handle below the head of the pump. As Doxsee said, the current model looks like it might not fit traditionally spoked wheels.

Marc - 09/24/12 - 4:27am

How are you supposed to read the gauge while inflating? Am I missing something there?

Someslowguy - 09/24/12 - 7:16am

B Doxsee – I can only imagine the gauge is relatively thin albeit super wide, so rotate it 90 degrees, push through spoke, turn back 90 degrees then inflate. Simply conjecture on my part, but maybe that’s it.

Marc #2 – maybe you just need to inflate with the valve at 12 o clock, or at 6 o clock if you’re laying on the floor looking up at your bike. Thinking about it, with the old problem solvers airbob I think I was always using it with valves at 12o clock.

Marc #1 – can you comment?

Marc - 09/24/12 - 7:46am

Someslowguy,

That’s right: The inflator is used with the valve at 12:00 and the gage facing upward. The gage head looks to be shallow enough to fit between the adjacent spokes when turned 90 degrees.

marc

David Finlayson - 09/24/12 - 10:11am

FROM THE MANUFACTURER:

The gauge(s) will be optional. If you set your destination pressure with the regulator on your compressor, you might not even feel the need to use a gauge. We will offer gauges of a few different pressure ranges, but the tool will use standard 1/8″ gauge threads so you can use any 1″ – 2.5″ gauge including a digital gauge. The tool uses a rubber washer to seal the gauge so that gauges can be swapped on and off the tool without the need for glue or tape. Most gauges are low profile in height, meaning that on the occasion you have a traditional wheel (32 or 36 spoke), you can rotate the tool as you pass through the spokes. The gauge mount will also have a 360 degree rotational feature. The optimal position to use the tool is at the 12:00 position, because you don’t need to get down on your knees. However with the rotating gauge, you can use it at any position that works for you.

Jeff - 09/27/12 - 4:20pm

“FROM THE MANUFACTURER:

The gauge(s) will be optional.”

Is it possible that tire sealant might plug up the gauge, and, if it does, is it serviceable?

TB - 11/21/12 - 8:55am

Will this be available without a gauge? I actually work for a gauge company, and I have access to lots of highly accurate gauges.

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