[Tested] Dynaplug Tire Repair Plugs

[Tested] Dynaplug Tire Repair Plugs


We first found out about the Dynaplug on a big day out in Downieville, CA.  A riding buddy flatted and in typical mountain biker fashion we all pulled off and started getting in the way while trying to help him.  Then someone pulled out this nifty little device and blew our minds while quickly saving the day.  Naturally, we reached out to Dynaplug for a test sample to review.  Here is what we found with the Micro Pro that we tested.

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Details

Dynaplug® Micro Pro

1 – Dynaplug® Micro Pro tool
5 – Tire repair plugs (Pointed tip)
2 – Insertion tubes
1 – Micro knife
1 – Air stopper
1 – Clearing attachment
1 – Pipe cleaner
1 – Micro Pouch
Retail – $54.99

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General Specifications
Tool Body Construction Billet 6061 Aluminum
Dimensions 2.25” x .875”
Weight 1.5 ounces
Insertion Tube Hardened 305 Stainless Steel
Plug Material Viscoelastic Impregnated Rubber
Plug Tip Nonabrasive Brass
Warranty Limited Lifetime

First Impressions

When our test sample showed up we were pretty floored with its high quality feel.  The Dynaplug is USA made from Billet Aluminum and is clearly well made.  All of the extensions are hardened stainless steel.  As you can see in the pics above, this little unit is VERY small.  We like that the body is rounded off, that way if you choose to carry it in your pocket, it won’t beat you up as badly in the event of a crash.  Everything packs together nicely and the knurled endcap/handle is easy to open and sealed with a fat O-Ring to keep it water tight.  The Dynaplug is really only intended for usage with tubeless tires as no one has figured out how to seal a tube with a plug…at least not yet.  Anyhow, here’s how you use it trailside.

How To

Step One

Make sure that you have a fresh plug lined up and ready to go. The Dynaplug ships with one centered and ready.
Make sure that you have a fresh plug lined up and ready to go. The Dynaplug ships with one centered and ready.

Step Two

OK, obviously in this mock scenario a nail is our culprit. From left to right, once you've prepped your plug, pull the nail out, and cover the puncture so air doesn't come out.
OK, obviously in this mock scenario a nail is our culprit. From left to right, once you’ve prepped your plug, pull the nail out, and quickly cover the puncture with your thumb so additional air doesn’t come out.  If you need to get prepped, you can use the included tapered needle air stopper to temporarily seal the hole while also making it wide enough for the actual plug.

Step Three

Left to right : take your thumb off of the puncture area and quickly jam the plug in perpendicular to the hole.
Left to right : take your thumb off of the puncture area and quickly jam the plug in perpendicular to the hole then slowly remove the handle while keeping an eye on the plug to make sure it stays put.

Step Four

When you pull the tool out, there will be a big chunk of the plug remaining. Included in the kit is a razor extension. Use that to trim off excess plug. Inflate your tire back to your desired pressure after a quick check for leaks and you're done.
When you pull the tool out, there will be a chunk of the plug protruding. Included in the kit is a razor extension. Use that to trim off excess plug. Inflate your tire back to your desired pressure and after a quick check for leaks and you’re back on the trails.

Overall

We loved this thing.  It’s well made, compact and brilliantly thought out.  There are obviously cheaper solutions out there, but most are disposable, not as comprehensive and just don’t cover all of the bases this well.  Nor are they as compact…not even close.  If you run tubeless tires and ride in rocky or thorny areas or tend to run low pressures and flat often then this is a must have.  It has all of the extensions to cover the bases for just about every type of flat with the exception of big tears.  In the event of a big tear, you likely have to take a different route and use a dollar bill to cover the hole and install a tube.  The genius of the Dynaplug is that tubeless users carrying one will be less apt to have to pull their whole wheel off, get fluid all over themselves and be forced to install a tube.  For that, it’s worth its weight in gold.  End of story.

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