Prestacycle Prestaflator Review

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Bottom Line
It was a breeze to inflate a tire to the proper pressure with the Prestaflator, and the ease of use of the trigger for filling, along with the verifiable gauge reading was quite pleasant. Being able to do micro bursts gave one the ability to fine tune pressure to a fairly precise degree. The long inflation hose gave a lot of maneuverability for working around a bike, and the attachable adapters, let you fill with Presta or Schrader valves, and use a blower tip for attaching grips or cleaning the recesses of parts. The Pretsa head offers a tight seal, and fits quite snugly, but lubrication and proper removal techniques help to alleviate the issue.

Strengths
- Pressure gauge
- Trigger inflator
- Long inflation hose
- Multiple attachable head – blower, Presta and Schrader
- Inexpensive

Weaknesses
- Presta head fits snugly
- Lack of air bleeder

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Prestacycle Prestaflator Company Specs

  • MSRP $39.95 or $49.94 w/ Quick Clip Schrader Head & blower tip
  • Variable-rate trigger.
  • Presta and Schrader valves.
  • Professional shop-grade tool.
  • 6061-T6 Alloy Presta chuck w/standard replaceable insert.
  • Replaceable I/M compressor quick-release attachment.
  • 174 PSI (in 2 PSI increments) or 12 Bar (in 0.1 Bar increments).
  • Large 2 ¼” / 6 cm dial pressure gauge.
  • Rubber pressure gauge housing for shock protection.
  • Cast aluminum pistol grip handle with bead-blasted finish.
  • Two-finger trigger valve for precise air flow regulation.
  • Thumb-control pressure release button.
  • High-pressure hose for easy access on any wheel.

Prestacycle Prestaflator URL

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Dan says:

    I have one. It was cheap and it works great! I have used it to inflate many Stan’s conversion tires!

  • Wildeyes says:

    You do not need to shove the presta adapter all the way to the rim because that will definitely make it very difficult to get off, and it will cause your o-ring to wear really fast. If you puch the adapter onto the presta valve until you hear the air stop leaking, it is on and ready to go.

    Your gauge should read the correct pressure when it is placed onto the valve. When I use my prestaflator, once I put the gauge onto the valve I have a pressure reading instantly. I am not sure you why you don’t get a reading.

    This prestaflator is an excellent product, much cheaper than the other one that is selling online and on Stan’s website. Very easy to use, and very, very accurate low PSI readings. Would highly recommend.

  • Swami says:

    A must have tool for anyone with a compressor and using tubeless, makes the job so much easier. I have the $25.25 version ($15 inflator, $10 brass Silca head, $.25 clamp).

  • Turboox says:

    After 2 years, I found that the prestaflator does have an air bleed. There is a button on the side of the handle that releases excess air.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Wildeyes
    Thanks for the info! Sure enough, it usually seems to read when you slide it on.
    I had written some of the review back in March, and the o rings were stiff then, I updated the review for better clarity.

    Turboox
    That is a pressure release on the side, it only empties air that is in the line (valve back to the trigger), it’s not air bleeder.

  • John (aka Wish I Were Riding) says:

    How easy is it to put in lower pressures like say 10PSI?

    If they are cyclists making products for cyclists, why does the gauge need to go up to 174PSI?

    I’d rather see a lower gauge so lower pressures are easier to read.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    The higher pressure is needed for road tires. The gauges range is usually twice the normal working pressure, and the maximum operating pressure is limited to 75% of the gauge range.

    I can do a test with 10 psi (what would you need that for?), but I never thought of it, since I always use over 20. I currently run 23-25 psi.

  • Francois says:

    I have this and it’s awesome. It’s big, easy to use and rugged. I’ve left it outside for a year though and it’s leaking air a tiny bit.

    This has been my tool for tubeless. I can mount anything tubeless now with this and my 50 gallon compressor. Mtb, cross and road!!

    Using Silca valves is cool. And the air release is necessary since Silca gets stuck when under pressure.

  • sofakingslow says:

    You can purchase the same cast Aluminum bodied variable-rate trigger valve, with pressure gauge, for under $10 at Harbor Freight. Of course, you will have to supply a presta valve adaptor (Silca, Topeak, etc.)and attach it to the supplied air pressure hose.

  • MFank says:

    Skip the schrader attachment. It will not fit down on the valve enough to get a grip so it does a good job of letting the air out. It would be great for kids bikes & joggers if it worked properly.

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