Review: Caffélatex Espresso Doppio Brings Foam Party to the Trails, Fixes Flats in an Instant

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There are some items we get in for testing we hope we’ll never have to use. The oversized CO2-plus-sealant Caffélatex Espresso Doppio is just such an item because, well, its use means we’ve flatted. But, as (mis)fortune would have it, our chance came just a couple weeks after receiving it.

Announced last month, the double shot canister contains enough compressed gas to fill a large volume 27.5″ or 29er tire, all the way up to 29+. As it fills the tire back up, it also sends in a healthy dose of Caffélatex sealant to close up whatever hole caused the flat in the first place. Pretty simple concept, and a great way to quickly get moving again without having to remove your wheel or do any tire or valve core fiddling to add sealant some other way.

Standing aside the trail as Daniel inspected his tire, we slid the soft, pliable hose over the valve stem and got the camera ready. Inflate in three…two…whaaaaaat the heck - POOF!

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Turns out, you need to slide the hose ALL the way onto the valve stem. Inserted just half way, the pressure blew the hose off, instantly creating a cloud of foam that covered my arm, helmet and the tire. Thankfully I still had my glasses on!

Once the laughter died down, a second attempt was made with the full length of the valve stem inserted into the hose. It worked perfectly. The 29×2.2 tire quickly filled and remained solid for the duration of our ride. Whatever hole caused the flat was nowhere to be heard, seen or felt.

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Our only concern is use with very short valve stems as they may not have enough real estate to firmly hold the hose in place during filling. That, and once used, it’s kind of a lot of material waste. But it’s good insurance for those times when other options aren’t available or practical.

At $17 a pop, it’s not something you’d likely use for everyday flats, but it could just save the day during a race or backcountry outing. To put that price into perspective, you’d otherwise need to use a 2oz bottle of sealant ($3), a large 25g CO2 canister ($9) and have a an inflator head and either tire levers or valve core removal tool handy. So, you’re really only paying a few bucks more for convenience…and about 10 minutes time saved, not to mention the comfort knowing that Caffélatex won’t be negatively affected by the CO2 like some sealants may be.

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Available in the U.S. through Cantitoe Road.

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Comments

King County - 08/01/14 - 9:48am

Over the years, there have been a few similar items on the market, but not as big. Obviously, the popularity of 29ers requires the volume. I wonder how big of a canister is needed for a fat bike.

Patrick - 08/01/14 - 9:50am

I’m guessing it was a tubeless setup based on the description, but can you confirm?

dude - 08/01/14 - 9:55am

Who pays $9 for co2 cartridge?!?! Get the threadless 12g for crossman airguns at your local sports outlet, carry a handful taped together and dump as many in as you need for well under a buck a piece.

Tyrone - 08/01/14 - 10:00am

@King County- can’t be much more than a 29+ they say this size will fill.

Killjoy - 08/01/14 - 10:18am

New huh?

http://www.woodiesdiy.com/Product/Finilec-Puncture-Repair-Aerosol-500ml/15642/4.15.5#.U9ugH6Oc6M0

Was using this stuff about 35 years ago.

Mazza - 08/01/14 - 12:59pm

If you’re running a tubless set-up with goo, how is this going to help if your already goo filled tyre gets deflated? :s

Oderus - 08/01/14 - 1:18pm

@dude, fyi, Crossman (any airgun CO2) have oil and co2 in the canister. they are designed to release a mist of oil into the chamber along with the air to keep your airgun lubricated and firing smoothly. That same oil will degrade your inner tube. That is why your LBS doesn’t sell air gun CO2.

Anthony Wieners - 08/01/14 - 1:42pm

@killjoy… i read the article a few times. The word “New” wasn’t used once.

LaDeekus - 08/01/14 - 7:18pm

All this CO2 just contributes to global warming. I would think cyclists would be mindful of that.

Mick - 08/02/14 - 12:50am

@LaDeekus…I’m more concerned about the damage to the ozone layer from cow farts

Dave B - 08/02/14 - 9:09am

“All this CO2 just contributes to global warming. I would think cyclists would be mindful of that.”

The CO2 used to fill these canisters is recovered from combustion gas so it already exists. They are not creating more just to fill the canisters. Actually, the canisters remove CO2 from the environment, even if only temporarily.

BTW, even at rest YOU generate about 500 gms of CO2 every day (and a lot more when exercising) just by breathing. So, if you are really concerned about global warming……

rgeniec - 08/03/14 - 2:37am

I use a tube and remove the tubeless valve stem. $3 and when you get home to fix it you have your tube to put back in your pack. wala….Don’t over think things people.

hollywood - 08/05/14 - 12:01pm

@Dave B- do a life cycle analysis on the whole container, not just the CO2 inside. While not a lot by itself, the container, the packaging, the shipping, manufacturing, the reshipping, the landfill..etc, etc. all that goes in to deciding whether it’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’ or whatever for the environment, right? So maybe the CO2 isn’t the only thing that makes all this disposable sh!t bad for the environment but they are still worse than necessary- until we can capture cow farts in reusable bamboo containers…then it’s on!

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