Shimano Pro Team Compressor
Two-Minute Reviews

Shimano Pro Team Compressor

Words Andrew Major
Photos Andrew Major
Date Dec 12, 2017

A Tank

Gauges? We don't need no stinking gauges! The Pro Team Compressor system is a BEAST. The steel tank of this tubeless inflator cares not how hard you huff and puff, it cannot be over inflated with any floor pump on the market. It's ready to Pump You Up. It's going to inflate your tires and your ego when you blast your tubeless rubber on in seconds with no soapy prep work!

Shimano Pro Team Compressor

That's some really big meat! The Pro EZ head is compatible with both Presta and Schraeder valves with a push-on-to-lock motion.

Shimano Pro Team Compressor

Trip the grey switch to get things flowing. On another note, a Trail Pass from your local association is a great last minute Christmas gift!


So, hyperbole aside, the max pressure rating for this Shimano Pro inflator is 180psi. I assumed this is like putting an expiry date on dried backpacking food, only present because people expect there to be one but in fact, there is an automatic safety release valve that triggers at 180 +/- 20psi. 

This is difficult to understand since Beto, which sells the same system in red under the name JetAir, claims the tank itself is rated to 700psi. For comparison, the lightweight, aluminum chambered, SKS RideAir tubeless inflation system I tested previously has a max pressure of 230psi. 

Shimano Pro Team Compressor

Fully charged the large volume tank can easily air up regular size,  27x2.4" and 29x2.4", tires from flat to a firm enough tubeless-seating pressure. 

Shimano Pro Team Compressor

I can attach any Schrader compatible pump but if it can't hit Triathlete pressures (145–160psi) then I'm not getting the full benefit of the system.


My road pump showed just over 160psi when I gave up on trying to ram a bit more air into this inflator. Time to test it out and I've picked a cruel initial torture for the Presta and Schrader compatible tank; airing up a 29x3" tubeless tire. 

I only use Presta valves so having the dual-head is redundant for my bicycle life. It wouldn't be a concern except that the way the head is designed it isn't possible to attach it to a valve stem with the core removed. That's really unfortunate because removing valve cores is always the first thing I try when a tire is being stubborn about going tubeless. 

Aside from my preoccupation with Shimano's choice of head, the system works exactly as intended. It makes non-Plus tubeless tires faster and easier to mount, provided I inflate it as close to that advertised max pressure as possible. It took a couple of goes to get my fresh 29x3" mounted but it was still a cleaner job than my usual pump-pump-pump-pray method with a floor pump and big meat. 

Shimano Pro Team Compressor

A Chainsaw sticker pack makes a great stocking stuffer. Proceeds to the Stevie Smith Legacy Fund

Shimano Pro Team Compressor

The Pro head unit is fine but I'd prefer the lever actuated Beto LD8 unit that comes stock on their version of the pump.


It's heavy (who cares) and holds a lot of air at high pressure. I've used a few different inflation systems now and while the SKS is the sleekest, the Shimano Pro Team Compressor is a pump head away from being the best I've tried. It is very good as it stands although Plus tires can still be jerks. 

For 100 USD it could be a good buy for anyone who already has a floor pump capable of road pressures. Riders looking for a pump and tubeless inflator may be better to look at the Blackburn Chamber system which Cam has been stoked on. 

The system is listed on the Pro site although I'll warn you in advance, information is severely lacking. 

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morgman
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Morgan Taylor  - Dec. 12, 2017, 9:19 a.m.

After trying out Lou's Shimano Pro digital floor pump at Obsession, we ordered one for home, as we have plus bikes and fat bikes that our old pumps weren't accurate enough for. The head was initially good in use, but the presta side of the head lost its ability to hold on to valve stems after only a couple months. I was happy to find that the spare Beto head that I had in my tool box (best $3.50 you'll ever spend) went on without a hitch.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - Dec. 12, 2017, 9:26 a.m.

Sometimes simple is best! Unfortunately neither my spare Topeak head or spare SKS head (both lever style) fit the Shimano hose as I would have loved to try it with the valve cores pulled out.

You just have the basic Beto head with separate Presta and Schrader holes?

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morgman
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Morgan Taylor  - Dec. 12, 2017, 4:47 p.m.

Yep, the basic Beto head. Hose diameter is the same.

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