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Is a portable air pump really necessary for summit

I am not excited about spending $150 for an air pump that I will probable never use again.

What is the general opinion of bringing one to air down/up at the Summit.

Is the airing down/up process really necessary?

I have BFG AT KO's on stock wheels.

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Re: Is a portable air pump really necessary for summit

well, airing down is usually for more technical trails. I do it on almost every trail ride because the ride is much smoother that way. but at summit you will have a couple people in every group that will have some sort of onboard air(CO2 tank, air compressor, or both) so it isn't really something you have to have. Just ask to use one of ours at the end of a run. Alot of us will probably air down at the beginning of summit and leave it that way until we leave. If you plan on doing more trail runs in the future, i would invest in it though

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Re: Is a portable air pump really necessary for summit

I air down to about 20 and run that way the entire summit with no problems, but allot of people have them and most are willing to share....... I know every group I was with did

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Re: Is a portable air pump really necessary for summit

I would definitely air down. These trails will beat the poo out of you (and your vehicle) on hard tires.

There is a gas station in Silverton and you can fill up your tires after running the Alpine Loop and before the long highway drive back to Ouray. I would not make that highway drive on soft tires.

There are one or two gas stations in Ouray with air pumps as well as the gas station north of Ouray in Ridgeway.

You can always offer someone a couple bucks to refill from their CO2 tank.

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Re: Is a portable air pump really necessary for summit

Most air down on arrival or before their first run. I never air up until I am headed home. The trails are full of square edged bumps, that make it hell to drive without airing down. There is no real advantage or need to air down for the trails at Ouray, other than Poughkeepsie. Just ride enjoyment. As all have stated, someone will help you if you need it. Now as Woodsman stated, do not drive back from Silverton on low tires. You can stop along the drop off points and see why.

You will learn at Ouray, just how great this group is. Ask for air and you will have at least 5 out of the group offer to help you. Never hesitate to ask for help.
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Re: Is a portable air pump really necessary for summit

I ran the whole summit without airing down, in fact i never air down.

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Re: Is a portable air pump really necessary for summit

Shoot, I air down to 14 and leave it that way all week, a MUCH better experience. Someone can air you up on Sat/Sun no problem.

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Re: Is a portable air pump really necessary for summit

Dowork,

My friend you have no idea of how good your truck is then, the difference is undescribable. The comfort, the quietness and the eaze of going over obstacles, ledges is so much easier on the truck it is unbelieveable. . Try it, you will like it.
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My friend you have no idea of how good your truck is then, the difference is undescribable. The comfort, the quietness and the eaze of going over obstacles, ledges is so much easier on the truck it is unbelieveable. . Try it, you will like it.
. . . and if you do any "serious" four wheeling, you probably won't make it over many obstacles without the additional traction that airing down affords you. It's also a major benefit in the sand.


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Re: Is a portable air pump really necessary for summit

Is airing down needed on most of the trails you'll run at summit - "No" and if anyone says its needed for most* trails there, they'd be lieing to you. Would it make for a more comfortalbe ride - "Yes".



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