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What is the best CO2 system/brand?(10 posts)

What is the best CO2 system/brand?-bob
Oct 2, 2003 6:42 AM
I'm new to co2. Most of my road rides are fairly short and I don't plan on carrying a back up pump. What would be my best bet as far type and brand?
re: What is the best CO2 system/brand?DougSloan
Oct 2, 2003 6:56 AM
I have about 5 of these (to keep in bike seatbags) and have used them without failure for about 4-5 years. Small, light, reliable. It takes the thread-on cartridges, and the 16 oz ones inflate a 700x23 tire to about 125 psi perfectly.

http://www.excelsports.com/new.asp?page=8&description=Microflate+CO2+Adaptor&vendorCode=INNOVAT&major=3&minor=9

Doug
Innovations seems to be tops in the CO2 market...biknben
Oct 2, 2003 7:18 AM
Similar to doug, I have one of
i these
in each of my seat bags. http://www.excelsports.com/new.asp?page=8&description=Ultraflate+CO2+System&vendorCode=INNOVAT&major=3&minor=9

I did have one break at the trigger pivot and F-up a ride but I still went out and bought a few more. I prefer this type because it allows the use of unthreaded or threaded cartridges. I can get unthreaded cartridges in bulk at an outdoor store down the street from me. For races, I just use the trigger head and one threaded cartridge. In this situation, If I flat more than once, I'm walking anyway so I just carry the minimum.

Aside from my one problem, I've found all the Innovations products to be top notch.
I don't know about "best", but...DINOSAUR
Oct 2, 2003 7:36 AM
Ive been using Innovations Ultraflate for a couple of years. It accepts threaded or non-threaded cartidges. You can purchase the non-threaded cartriges (same type they use for bb guns etc) in bulk (case of 25) for around $.50 per cartridges at Kmart. Just practice before you use it.
My CO2 comes from Ferrari exhaust fumes. It's the best. nmdivve
Oct 2, 2003 8:53 AM
12 cylinder? nmDougSloan
Oct 2, 2003 8:54 AM
I prefer my CO2 from the breath of supermodels (nm)LactateIntolerant
Oct 3, 2003 8:39 AM
re: What is the best CO2 system/brand?Chen2
Oct 2, 2003 8:54 AM
I like Innovations 16gr threaded 120+ psi, and the small elbow chuck, no moving parts to fail, very small.
~Al
I finally retired my Zefal HP-X....axebiker
Oct 3, 2003 5:28 AM
I'm using the Innovations Ultraflate Pro. It works great! It's also a heckuva lot easier than trying to use a frame pump to get to high pressure when you're sitting on the side of the road, soaked with sweat, and having the salt drip into your eyes!

I use a 12g CO2 cartridge which gets a road tire up to about 110psi. The nice thing about the Ultraflate Pro is that you can use threaded OR non-threaded CO2, and it also has a locking chuck, so it takes a little more chance for error out of the equation.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?SKU=16499
Ditto on the Ultraflate ProPMC
Oct 3, 2003 10:06 AM
It's the best I've used and accepts pretty much any cartridge. It costs a lot for a CO2 system at around 22 bucks but is worth it IMO.