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August 20, 2014

The CrankPump stows within a Shimano Hollowtech axle – other makes and models may follow

The CrankPump stows within a Shimano Hollowtech axle – other makes and models may follow

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If you own a higher-end road or mountain bike with a Shimano drivetrain, then chances are it's got a "secret" storage compartment: the hollow space in the axle, that connects the Shimano Hollowtech cranks. While you're not going to be able to fit your phone or wallet in there, you can pop in the new CrankPump CO2 tire pump.

To install the CrankPump, you just remove the crank's existing plastic end bolt, slide in the pump, then screw its own fiber-reinforced nylon bolt to secure it. An included foam insert keeps its CO2 canister from rattling around while you ride.

When you get a flat, you unscrew the CrankPump and pull it out, then pull off its two TyreZip levers. These are used to essentially "unzip" the tire bead from the rim. Once the tube is patched (or the burped tubeless tire is reseated), you reinflate the tire by just pressing the business end of the CrankPump up to the valve stem. It works on both Schrader and Presta valves, and can inflate a 23-mm road tire to 90 PSI, or a 26 x 2-inch mountain bike tire to 30 PSI.

The TyreZip levers, detached from the pump

The CrankPump reportedly should fit inside most recent Dura Ace, Ultegra, XTR and XT crank axles, among others.

Its London-based designers are currently raising production funds, on Kickstarter. A pledge of £15 (about US$25) will get you one, when and if they're ready to go. Note, however, that the single-use 12-gram CO2 canister must be provided by the user, since such pressurized containers can't be shipped by air with the rest of the pump. They typically sell for less than a dollar each.

You can see a demo of the pump in the pitch video below.

Source: Kickstarter

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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7 Comments

Tiny pumps require way to much work.

Slowburn
20th August, 2014 @ 01:34 pm PDT

It's an inflator. It's not a pump.

Gadgeteer
20th August, 2014 @ 03:38 pm PDT

Bottom Bracket, it's called a bottom bracket.

[Actually, the CrankPump fits inside the hollow Shimano axle, which itself goes through the bottom bracket -Ed.]

Tyler Pripps
21st August, 2014 @ 07:06 am PDT

''solution'' desperately seeks ''problem''

wle

wle
21st August, 2014 @ 08:28 am PDT

1. What keeps dirt out of the hole where the valve stem is inserted/threaded?

2. It doesn't look like there's a lot of material to grab for removing the inflator from the bottom bracket. What if you're in the rain or it's covered in grease/mud/grime?

Harvey
21st August, 2014 @ 11:02 am PDT

I was hoping this was something really clever - a built-in air pump that you powered by turning the pedal crank.

Oh well. Maybe next year.

Dan Lewis
21st August, 2014 @ 11:17 am PDT

@ Gadgeteer

You're right. That makes it even worse.

Slowburn
21st August, 2014 @ 11:34 am PDT
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