The adoption of tubeless to the market introduced a whole new set of challenges when setting up your wheels. The main challenge for most is getting your tyres seated, but over time we’ve developed tips and tricks to make it work.
Firstly, it’s important to understand that setup should not be a big challenge and if you can’t do it with your standard track pump and a little bit of elbow grease then you need to consider getting your setup looked at.
But it can still be no walk in the park and the Joe Blow Booster is designed around making the process more efficient and less tedious.
You may have seen solutions like Airshot which essentially enable you to compress air into a cylinder with a pump and release into your wheel all in one go rather than the usual pump, pump, pump. This means you can add air faster than it can potentially escape from gaps and thus….pop, you’re seated.
A great solution and simple design with companies like Topeak jumping to the call of mountain bikers asking for an all-in-one solution. And enter stage left, the Joe Blow Booster track pump.
A very straight forward design. You have the regular track pump cylinder which pumps air into another pressurized cylinder instead of going straight out and into your tyres. The 2nd cylinder has an open/close valve which either allows the air to flow freely out or hold it. This means you can use the Joe Blow Booster like a regular track pump by just leaving the valve open or close it to setup your tubeless.
It’s that straight forward. Close valve, pump to 160psi (ish) and release. Checkout the video below of me testing it out.
The SmartHead™ DX3 connector fits Presta or Schrader and holds them well with a tight seal. That said, it won’t hold Presta with the core removed. I originally removed the core as it makes for better air flow but it was a clear no no. It didn’t make any difference with the core in as the tyres seated without incident but I can’t help but feel they should adapt the valve to support this.
- Top of the hose and on the connector, you have bleed buttons which are handy when you’re trying to get to a precise PSI.
- The hose is nice and long so that you can pump even when the wheels may be further out of reach. I keep my bike on a mechanic stand so usually have to take it off first.
- The pump handle is nice and big which for someone like me is appreciated as I have big hands so makes for more comfortable “pumping” – that’s what she said.
- The pressure gauge is a good size with clear numbering.
Retailing at £139, I believe the Joe Blow Booster is good value for money. Some have suggested that you could buy a cheap compressor for a bit more but that’s not the point. A track pump is about convenience and precision. It’s likely going to be out of budget for many but if you can spare the coin, it’s a definitely a worth-while investment.