Not content with making some of the most expensive bicycle wheels in the world, Enve has launched what we think must be the most expensive bicycle pump in the world.
Called the Air Pressure Station and costing a staggering $750, it’s intended to be super accurate and precise to .5% PSI, make tubeless inflation easier and be quick and convenient to use. In reality, it’s really targeted at bike shops but we don’t doubt a few well-heeled cyclists will be clearing space in their garages for one. Just don't forget you'll need an air compressor as well because that isn't included in the price.
The Air Pressure System does though require a supply of compressed air and a power supply, which is going to limit it largely to bike shops who might be able to justify such an expensive outlay and obviously inflate a lot of bicycle tyres.
Ensuring accurate tyre pressure has been a key goal with the product, with Enve recognising that it may make some of the best wheels in the market, but something as simple as an over- or under-inflated tyre can ruin the ride experience. It’s especially important on gravel bikes with big tyres and low pressures.
Enve claims its is accurate to within .5% of psi/bar and results from the units ability to measure back pressure from the tyre it’s connected to. To use the Air Pressure Station is very much the same as any car petrol station forecast pump - input the desired pressure, connect the chuck to the valve stem, and the unit will then beep when the pressure has been achieved.
The unit can retain three air pressure resets for regular use and it can inflate tyres between three and 145psi. When inflating a new tyre, particularly a tubeless tyre, the unit provides an override button which delivers five blasts of air “optimised for seating tubeless tyres,” before then inflating to the desired tyre pressure.
It has an adjustable presta valve with a 15ft coiled air hose. Other features include smartphone scannable NFC tag to take users to Enve’s tyre pressure charts. Its’s weatherproof to IP66 standard and can be hardwired into mobile service trucks, vans and trailers.
The Air Pressure Station was originally developed as an in-house inflation system at Enve and for its demo events but says it faced so many enquiries about the system that it decided to put it into production.
“Initially, the inflation units were created for deployment at ENVE headquarters and at events we attend to help streamline the wheel demo experience and to educate riders on the benefits of tubeless while helping them to find their optimal tire pressures. What we found was that not only did the units instigate many conversations around tubeless tire and wheel setup, but these same consumers often asked if we had the units available for sale. This helped us validate our belief that despite all the great inflation devices on the market, there was still an opportunity for a halo level inflation product from ENVE,” commented ENVE’s VP of Commercial, Brandt Furgerson.
"At ENVE, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the ride experience both on and off the bike, and historically speaking, we best achieve this by refining our carbon rim designs. What we’ve come to realize is that no matter how advanced or refined the carbon wheel becomes, something as simple as running too high or too low tire pressure will negatively impact a rider’s efficiency, traction, safety, confidence, and therefore the entire ride experience. For this reason, we are treating inflation as seriously as we take rim design, and the Air Pressure Station is proof of this commitment,” stated VP of Product and Consumer Experience, Jake Pantone.
Currently, the Air Pressure Station is only available in North America with UK availability expected by the end of the year. We’ve asked for a UK price but expect it to be close to the dollar price.
How much would you pay to inflate your tyres? It's a bit pricier than the £50 BTwin Mini air compressor we reviewed a couple of years ago.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.