The best CO2 inflators 2024 and where to buy them for the lowest price

Here's a look at some of the best CO2 inflators, and some price comparisons so you know you're getting a good deal

Best CO2 inflators
Best CO2 inflators
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They say two things in life are certain: death and taxes. For cyclists, we’d add a third – punctures. The trick to reducing the hassle of flats is being prepared, so you can be riding again as quickly as possible, reducing the amount of time your mates stand around glaring at you. CO2 inflators are a cyclist’s best friend in this regard.

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Lightweight and low bulkEach canister is one use
Gets tire up to pressure in secondsCan be tricky to get the desired PSI
The quick blast of pressure can reseat a tubeless tyre Not reusable and not so eco friendly
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Endless possibilities for tyre inflation, a pump never runs outYour arms do... pumping to even 80 PSI can take some effort
It's easer to hit the right pressuresPumps are bulkier to carry
Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg