Milkit Tubeless Booster
I was able to get my hands on the tubeless tire inflating booster from Milkit. They are a small Swiss company which specializes in products for tubeless bicycle wheels. In their offer you can find special valves, tubeless milk, syringes and the Tubeless Booster which is going to be reviewed here. The device is called Tubeless Booster, the tested version is in the Large size (1 liter). It costs around 40 Euro. You can buy the Small version (0.6 liter) as well for 35 Euro. There are few similar solutions on the market but seeing how many riders move to tubeless I am certain that we will see more of this type of products.
What do I need it for?
If you have a compressor in your garage or a fancy service pump with the additional air container you can live without this device. But if you live in a flat, don’t have the money or don’t want to spend them on another floor pump you will look very positively on this solution. In comparison to a compressor – you can use it anywhere outside your garage. It has it’s own place in the tool crate inside my car.
What is it?
It’s an aluminum bottle with a booster head that has an in-valve for putting air in and a release nozzle for transferring the pressurized air into the wheel. The quality of the manufacturing is worthy of the Swiss. The booster head is a high quality composite cast, the valve has a replaceable valve core, the thumb pressure point is clearly visible and nicely machined. In case you would lose or destroy the booster head it is easily obtainable in the producers shop as a separate item. Maximum working pressure is 160 PSI which is the same amount that a standard floor pump gives. On the bottle you can see a printed instruction of use, in case you were wondering what to do with it. Milkit emphasizes that he container may double as a water bottle and to because of this they add an addition cap for the bottle to make it a water container. The whole package (container, booster head, cap) weights 242 grams.
How does it work?
You pump it. Stick in to the valve (best if you remove the valve core for better air flow as shown on the bottle). Press it. The tire inflates and jumps on the rim. Good job! The Large size bottle has an adequate volume to inflate a downhill tire with a wire beading but I suggest to use something greasy where the rim and tire connect (I used a window cleaner that I have in my tool crate for cleaning gogles).
Here is the producer’s movie showing the product:
– works flawlessly
– good manufacturing quality
– relatively cheap
– can double as a water bottle 😊
– the manufacturer could add an schrader / presta valve adapter for those who would like to pump the booster from a gas station compressor
– if you are using bigger or more rigid tires (downhill or fatbike) you will probably need to buy the Large size container
Milkit Tubeless Booster is a fairly cheap, reliable accessory which you will inevitably need when you’ll start running tubeless wheels. And as it’s small enough you can keep in in the trunk of your car for times when the need arises. You can catch more information about Milkit products here: https://milkit.bike/