Airing down at the trailhead brings too many advantages not to do it, but you can easily burn up 20 minutes listening to the hisssssss of your standard tire valve while you dutifully hold the tip of a screwdriver in place. There’s a better way.
After one too many extended air-down sessions, we knew that Powertank’s Monster Valves and Mini Monster Deflators would make a pivotal difference at the trailhead. Both types of valves drastically reduce the time you’ll spend adjusting air pressure and are easy to install.
What’s the difference between Monster Valves and Mini Monster Deflators? Size, utility, and cost. Monster Valves are beautifully machined from aircraft-grade aluminum in the USA. They’re called Monster Valves for good reason, as they dwarf a standard-size tire valve.
If you’ve got Monster Valves, you can air down quickly at the start of a trail, and air back up with mind-boggling speed at trail’s end. Mini Monster Deflators are made in the USA from brass, and offer a lickety-split way to air down from street pressure to trail pressure. Mini Monsters are for airing down only; you’ll use your stock tire valves to air back up. While Mini Monsters don’t have inflation advantages that Monster Valves do, they’ve got a couple of attractive features that make them the perfect solution in some situations. First, Mini Monsters are lower profile than Monster Valves. That makes them ideal for wheels that are also street-driven because they attract less attention. Second, Mini Monsters are less expensive than Monster Valves.
Whether you choose the original Monster Valves or go for the Mini Monster Deflators, you’re sure to experience monster value from these trailhead timesavers.
(Note: Powertank’s website features an excellent Monster Valve installation video.)