Cyclocross and gravel racers often have a need to seat tubeless tires, measure pre-race tire pressure, and of course, top off tires quickly and accurately without first charging up a canister.
Crankbrothers has attempted to address all these needs with its new modular Klic tubeless charging pump. The new Klic floor pump is an extension of the Klic mini-pump line. The biggest Klic yet is made up of three components that all function on their own, and assemble to form a full-featured tubeless compressor pump.
The hose with the gauge (digital or analog) fits inside the handle and piston, and can be used as a standalone digital tire pressure gauge. It snaps into place on the pump with the help of a magnet, and threads into the canister for charging (160 psi is recommended).
To seat your tubeless tire, you disconnect the hose from the canister and thread it onto your valve.
Want to seat your tire somewhere without the bulk floor pump, or have a handy portable compressor for the pits? You can shed the floor pump component, and just bring the tank, gauge and hose.
If you're limited in space in the car, garage or apartment for multiple pumps, the Klic aims to be your one do-it-all pump, because you won't have to deal with the extra effort of equalizing the pressure in the large-volume canister just to pump up your tire. The canister can be removed, and the gauge and hose will snap into place and allow you to use it as a simple floor pump.
The tubeless charging Klic retails for $229 with a digital gauge, and $199 with an analog gauge.
Not into the tubeless thing? You can buy the Klic without the canister, with a digital or analog gauge and save $100 over the canister versions. Of course, you purchase the canister later if you catch the tubeless bug for cyclocross and gravel, or prefer to ditch the noisy, power-cable-constrained electronic compressor.
Crankbrothers also unveiled floor pump models of its Gem and Sterling mini-pump line at Interbike. Differing in materials but sharing the same analog gauge, the two floor pumps feature a foot-activated switch that switches between cyclocross and road modes (low pressure and high pressure), preventing early onset Cross Back when you need to approach 100 psi by closing off one of the internal chambers.
Arms can't handle the pressure of a human-powered pump? We also saw this Australian powered option at Interbike, but it probably won't seat your average tubeless tire.
See full product details of the new Klic tubeless pump below.
More info: crankbrothers.com