Milkit's new Booster is the adventure ready tubeless inflator we've been waiting for
There's no doubt that tubeless tyres are one of the best things to happen to mountain biking, but getting them seated can be a right pain in the arse, even in a workshop or garage. Doing it in the great outdoors can be even more of a faff, but Milkit's new Booster tubeless inflator looks like a very tidy and extremely portable way around this issue.
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If you've ever tried to seat a tubeless tyre with a hand pump or struggled with canister after canister of CO2 on the trailside and you haemorrhage sealant onto the countryside, then Milkit - they of the clever tubeless valve stem and sealant injector system - has come up with an extremely cunning and portable inflator setup.
Basically, it uses a specially reinforced bottle - fans of the classic Sigg item will see a certain resemblance - and a screw in head that allows you to build up to 160psi of pressure inside with a normal pump before discharging it into your tyre by pressing the head onto your valve.
The neat bit is that the bottle itself will fit into a normal bottle cage, comes with a conventional cap and can be filled with water, so it functions just as normal until you or a friend has a tubeless issue. Then you just empty out the contents, connect the special inflator head and get pumping. The head lives inside a little bag, so you can throw in in a pack without it getting gunked up or dirty.
It seems like a pretty damn neat solution for anyone taking on a big ride where they might be out of reach of any mechanical backup for some time - or just anyone that hates the idea of having to put in a tube because they've rolled their tyre off the rim or otherwise had an issue.
The bottle comes in either a 1l or 600ml version so you should be able to squeeze a setup into any frame and you can buy either as a complete kit or any of the parts alone. The high volume kit is £43, the lower volume £40, the head alone £25, a 1l bottle £20 and a 600ml item £16.
As it's both mega-portable and one of the cheaper inflator systems on the market, we're really quite keen to see how it fairs, so check back for a full review soon.
That sounds like bad news - we're awaiting a response from Madison and Milkit about this...
According to Single-track world, Madison, who distribute Milkit, are advising owners to stop using the inflator immediately due to a faulty valve in the first batch. A recall is due to be issued.