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The Beto Surge Tubeless Floor Pump makes popping stubborn tubeless tyres onto your rims a simple and quick operation, although I did find it a little flimsy in operation against others I've recently tested.
The number of tubeless tyres I've been fitting to various wheels over the last few months has increased dramatically, with more and more models being released and sent in for testing. While the majority of them inflate quickly and easily, engaging the bead against the rim of the wheel, there are always a few that can refuse to seal no matter how hard you pump. For these I have found the Surge a godsend.
By the flick of a foot lever, you convert the Surge from a standard pump to an air storage device by way of what is known as its burst tank.
Connect the dual-fitting (Schrader and Presta) pump head to the valve and charge the burst tank up to a maximum 160psi, which takes around 10 strokes. Then flick the lever up with your toe. The tank empties the compressed air into the tyre at such a speed that it pops the beads of the tyre out to the edge of the rim. Job done.
With the lever left up, the Surge works like a standard pump so you can adjust the pressure in the tyre by way of the 4-inch analogue dial. Even though the gauge is situated on the base, the numbers are large enough to be read easily when standing up.
The base is made from steel, and with a leg under the gauge and one sticking out either side you get a solid footing for when you need to inflate to high pressures.
The handle is plastic and isn't the most comfortable to use thanks to the grooves cut into the underneath of the grips, which dig into your palms. The handle is quite narrow, too – I prefer something wider for stability when pumping up tyres hard.
At either end of the handle you get plastic plugs inserted, one of which holds various valves for pumping up footballs and the like. It's a clever idea but they aren't the most secure, and when I was pumping they slid out a few times.
Although the pump is stable on the ground, the whole action of using it does feel a little flimsy compared to something more solid such as the Giant Control Tower 0 floor pump.
When it comes to getting air into the tyres, the Surge isn't overly laborious, with a 28mm tyre inflating to 60psi in 17 strokes, 80psi in 23 strokes, and 29 strokes if you are going up to 100psi.
Price-wise, £59.99 doesn't look too bad for a twin-style pump when you consider that the Giant I mentioned above – a standard track pump – costs the same.
Something similar to the Beto Surge is the Lezyne Digital Pressure Overdrive pump, which will set you back £140.
The Birzman Pump Tubeless Tyre pump costs £49.99, but that is simply a burst tank on its own, without the added pump option.
On the whole there is little to knock the Surge for, apart from that uncomfortable handle. If you want a track pump that can double up as a tubeless tyre inflator than it's a very good option for the money.
A simple solution for those who want both a track pump and tubeless tyre inflator for not a lot of money
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Beto Surge Tubeless Floor Pump
Size tested: Height: 73cm Base Width: 37cm Gauge: 4
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?
Beto says, "OFA (One For All Tubeless), an alloy floor pump with the capability to seat tubeless tyres. Its lightweight tube-in-tube structure features an internal burst tank. Needing only eight strokes to fill, this can then be released to pop tubeless tyres into place. With the flip of a lever the pump switches between modes. In both, a patented auto-head and oversized gauge make for easy operation."
It's an ideal pump for those who've made the swap to tubeless tyres.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Composite handle w/ball needle set stored in handle
Super-Light Tube-in-Tube structure with internal hidden burst tank
Need only 8 strokes to fill 160psi burst tank
Oversized 4" industrial gauge for easy reading
Tank Mode (Lever Down): To store air in the burst tank
Release Mode (Lever Up):To fill the burst tank for sitting tubeless tyre
Keep lever up for general pumping purpose
Patented Auto Head fits Schrader/Presta
Base Width: 37cm
Gauge: 4" Industrial
Max PSI: 160PSI
Tube Diameter: 37mm (external) 32mm (internal)
Material: Plastic handle, Alloy barrel, Steel base
Uncomfortable grooves on the bottom of the handle.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Worked really well to seat stubborn tubeless tyres.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It seats tubeless tyres.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
For the style of pump I'm quite impressed with the price. The Lezyne Digital Pressure Overdrive pump will set you back £140.
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 overall score
I've used more solid-feeling pumps, but with the burst tank option it's a decent all-round package for both initial inflation and topping up the air pressure for tubed and tubeless setups.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
As part of the Tech Hub here at F-At Digital, our senior product reviewer Stu uses the knowledge gained from putting well over a 1,000 products through their paces (including hundreds of bikes) to write in-depth reviews of a huge range of kit. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 160,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. Although, as he spends a fair bit of his time reviewing ebikes these days he's becoming an expert in letting the motor take the strain. He's also waiting for 23mm race tyres to make a comeback!