Swiss cycling brand milKit has taken to Kickstarter to fund a new product called the Booster, which supposedly eliminates the need for an air compressor when seating tubeless tires.
"Many tubeless users and bike mechanics approached us and said that they loved the milKit valve system, and asked if we couldn’t also find an easy solution to the one problem remaining with tubeless tires; inflating them without having to use a compressor," commented milKit co-founder and CTO Pius Kobler. "This inspired us to develop the Booster.”
To solve the question of how to compress and deliver air to a tubeless tyre using commonly available materials and fittings, milKit’s designers looked to standard aluminum drinking bottles, which are optimum pressure-storing devices that are also lightweight, robust and inexpensive.
Combined with well-designed valves and fittings, the aluminum bottle creates a basis for the Booster system, which inflates the booster with the user’s bike pump. They then remove the valve core from their tubeless valves and push the booster on the valve stem. There are no hoses or additional valves to reduce air flow, making inflating tubeless tires with the milKit booster more efficient.
The Kickstarter campaign for the Booster goes live today, for more information click here.