Aerostitch mini compressor #3500

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Singletrack_mind, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Singletrack_mind

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    I ordered this thing up yesterday, then got to thinking; what if it doesn't really generate enough pressure to seat the bead on the tubeless spec tires I have to run (with tubes!) on my GS 800?

    I called Aerostitch, and the good folks there had already shipped the thing, but also could not tell me what the max pressure the compressor is capable of is.
    Is there anyone out there who has used this compressor who can say one way or the other?


    Thanks!
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  2. Motoriley

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    Since the F800 tires have tubes you won't have any problems seating the bead. The problem is with non-tube applications where you need a big volume of air to initially seat the tire since there is a gap until the bead seats.
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    I've had to use upto 80psi to get a tubeless tire with a tube (spoked wheels) to seat correctly, but never passed 60psi with a knobby, usually 15psi or so will do it. That compresser is probably good for ~40 psi after a long time, it should seat a bead with a tube 99.9% of the time. If it doesn't just inflate as best you can, and bounce the wheel on the ground (where it's not seated), that will usually do the trick.
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  4. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    All three of my 10$ electric pumps will hit over 100psi eventually.
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  5. Singletrack_mind

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    OK, thanks, basically hopeful news. I'll be sure lube the bead at least with water, soap if I have some allong. That'll help. (hey; another use for Dr. Bronner's amazing miracle soap??)

    Anyone actually have experience with the compresor I asked about?
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  6. hardwaregrrl

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    Heres one thing to note, chances are you'll need that pump after you've been riding on your tires. and they will seat a lot easier when they are hot. not a good shop compressor but a good emergency compressor. don't worry
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  7. Motoriley

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    All those little compressors look the same inside. The expensive ones are supposed to be better quality. The 'Stich one does look better than my 10$ cheapies but the design is the same. Don't sweat it, it will do the job.
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