Birzman Push and Twist Pump Head
Birzman’s original quick release pump head was a big hit, but it only worked on Presta valves and was often finicky. For 2017, they’ve introduced a simpler version called the Push and Twist. This quick release head uses a push-and-twist motion to mount and is compatible with both Presta and Schrader valves. It will ship on new pumps starting in June and will retrofit on existing pumps.
Birzman Apogee and Apogee Lite Pumps
The Apogee line of pumps are small enough to tote around on a ride, but fold out to reveal a footrest and handle. They’re available in two versions, the regular Apogee has an inline gauge and retails for $48. The Apogee Lite loses the pressure gauge but saves you $8.
Birzman Pump Up
Air compressors make mounting tubeless tires easier, but they’re not always practical to carry around. Birzman’s new Pump Up allows you to carry up to 160 PSI of compressed air. You fill it with either a standard pump (or compressor) and it’s ready to blast air whenever you need to seat a tire. Price is TBD.
Birzman One Sprocket Remover
There’s nothing wrong with the standard chain whip until you use a vice whip for the first time. Birzman’s put their own spin on the category with the new One Sprocket remover. It looks a little like a lobster claw and uses a spring-loaded lever to capture the cassette. Price is TBD and it should be available this July.
When you punch a hole in your tire that’s too big for the sealant to fix, Dynaplug is your best friend. Their new Racer kit stores two plugs. It also comes with three spares. Retail is $44. That may seem expensive, but it’s a lot cheaper than throwing away a race entry fee due to a mechanical. Dynaplugs are made in the USA, too.
The air version of the Dynaplug works just like the regular models but allows you to top off your tire through the puncture. The kit retails for $74 and includes one Dynaplug tool, two threaded C02 cartridges, and four standard plugs. They also offer a Megaplug Air Kit for $20, which includes the Megaplug Repair Nozzle and four Megaplugs.
Lezyne Pro Chain Tool
Lezyne is expanding their line of pro level tools by adding a new chain tool. The machined driver is easily adjustable so it’s compatible with chains of different widths. Inside the wooden handle is storage for an additional pin. Price is $50.
New Lezyne Color Options
If you’d like to match your tools and your bike, Lezyne is now offering their tools, pumps, and bottle cages in a myriad of colors.