Beto CJA-001S Tubeless Air Tank Inflator

9
£49.99

VERDICT:

9
10
Top-quality workshop-grade tubeless inflator at a sensible price
Weight: 
1,980g

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The Beto CJA-001S Tubeless Air Tank Inflator is a workshop-quality tubeless air tank with well-thought-out features and excellent performance. It should last you a lifetime of tubeless setup, road or mountain.

Last year David reviewed the Airshot tubeless inflator and found it effective but costly at £60 (now £50). The key difference between the Airshot and the Beto tank on review here is size and weight. The Airshot will fit easily into a gearbag, whereas the Beto tank is much more of a workshop tool. At over four times the weight of the Airshot and considerably larger, you wouldn't want to be packing the Beto tank about the place.

That workshop-grade feeling helps make the Beto an attractive option for regular tubeless users. It stands on a wide stable foot, with a plastic carrying handle for easy relocation within the workshop or to a place where a sealant explosion is less of a problem. The Schrader refill valve is positioned on top and is protected by a plastic cowling, so if it gets knocked over the valve isn't going to be damaged. This is in comparison to the vulnerable Presta valve sticking out the top of the Airshot.

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The quality feeling of the Beto tank extends to the 70cm hose and fittings. The hose pivots at the tank, feeling solid and tightly-machined. The head likewise feels a quality bit of kit, with no adapter or switching required to inflate either Presta/Woods or Schrader. The insert that grips Presta valve cores is rubber-lined metal; again, no corners cut here. There's a plastic clip to hold the hose end when not in use, looping around a clip at the base to keep the hose secure.

The business end of the Beto Tank is the large grey air release lever on the side – not a small, fiddly tap as on the Airshot. This is good because you'll probably find yourself with only one hand free during a tubeless mounting session, so a tank that sits stable on the floor and can be operated with one hand is A Good Thing. The lever is able to release air gradually, not a binary open-closed action. The tank took about 40 strokes of my long-lived Bontrager Charger floorpump to get to 120PSI. Beto recommend 120-140PSI, and there's a safety cutout valve on the bottom at 180PSI, which incorporates a moisture release function too, though Beto make no mention of how often or how this should be actuated.

A feature of the Beto tank is an air bypass function, which allows you to continue inflating a tyre using your trackpump still connected to the tank. I never found this to be necessary, as all the tyres I tried seated fine the first time, but it's nice to know it's possible.

With 120PSI in the tank I was able to seat a 30mm tubeless road tyre, the first shot with no sealant to get the tyre tight on the rim at 70PSI without excess mess. Then I released all the air, inserted sealant using the rather fab Milkit system and refilled again with a valve core in place this time, managing a perfectly respectable 40PSI the second time around. So, seat, deflate, fill with sealant and reinflate tyre, all with one charge.

With 120PSI in the tank I was able to seat and fill a 2.3in mountain bike tyre to 18PSI with no problems at all. The capacity was more than enough to get both beads seated, and using the pass-through feature, if you wanted or needed to get the tyre a bit harder you could do so without disturbing the connection to the valve.

As tubeless becomes a feature of many road as well as mountain bikes, the need to seat and inflate tyres without resorting to a bike shop trip will become more and more common. For the price of an average track pump the Beto Tubeless Air Tank gives you the ability to DIY with workshop-grade speed and quality.

Verdict

Top-quality workshop-grade tubeless inflator at a sensible price

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Beto CJA-001S Tubeless Air Tank Inflator

Size tested: Works with most 160-PSI rated floor pumps

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

It's for people running road or MTB tubeless, who want no-fuss, workshop-grade features at a good price.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Jet Air 1601-PSI Air Accumulator

Works with most 160-PSI rated floor pumps

Provides continuous large air flow to pop-seal tubeless tyre's

4-second inflation for most tubeless tyres with 160PSI charged in the tank

Patented bypass air channel allows for air to go flow directly

Charge: Schrader valve / Discharge: Beto patented 3-valve LD head

Heavy gauge steel structure tested up to 700PSI

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
10/10

It's bomb-proof.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Seated tyres first time, every time.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
7/10

It is what it is - a shop tool, therefore it's not light.

Rate the product for value:
 
10/10

For £50 (£40-£50 online) this has to be the best value out there.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Can't fault it.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The build quality. Everything was solid and smooth. A good investment.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing, really. I cannot think of a single thing that annoyed me, even slightly. OK, maybe the hose could be longer. Maybe.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

At £50, with the features and build quality on show, it's cracking value. Might the hose be a bit longer? Maybe.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 183cm  Weight: 72kg

I usually ride: Merida Ride 5000 Disc  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, club rides, general fitness riding, mtb, Dutch bike pootling