Mountain Biking - What are you guys using for mini pumps?
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Thinking about a mountain morph/topeak, since I have the road version for road riding. But I want to know what else works well and reliable. Not looking for co2 - Im not racing. So lets hear it.
03-19-03, 11:37 AM
This is what I'm using and have not had a single problem with it! I even use it to pump up my 2.5 size tires...and it works great!
The coolest part about it...is that you don't have to take it apart to change from presta to shrader valve... Work on both without having to change it!
03-19-03, 02:16 PM
I use aa Blackburn. I think its called the "Mountain Air" or something like that. The top of the pump can be changed from Schraeder to Presta by unscrewing the top cap and reversing a peice. Fairly easy to do, but not like the "smart" heads that come on some pumps. It's worked good strapped to a bike during races/epics/crashes/drops for two full season. It's been used on winter rides on snowmobile trails also and I didn't have a probolem with the plastic or anything. It was only $15 (At the LBS)or something. Less cheap than most of the other ones you can
find. I use a Topeak brand pump as a frame pump on my road bike and haven't like it as much as the little Blackburn in regards to the quality.
03-19-03, 03:40 PM
My Topeak mini-pump is pretty good at the moment. I had a Blackburn mini-pump for about five years (I forget the exact model if there's any difference there), it was pretty reliable and did a job for me too.
I have a blackburn i found. But i didn't have the mount, s i picked up one in the bicycle section at sav-on drug for $6 and it works as good as the blackburn.
I have a Topeak Einstein Master Blaster. It has a smarthead to fit both schrader and presta valves without the need to disassemble anything and a dual-pressure chamber. There's also a patchkit in the handle and it can be used as a tyre lever. It's around 9-1/2" long and fits pretty well in my Camelbak. I don't think they make that particular model anymore but there should be a comparable one now... possibly with better features.
Specialized Air Force 2. Easy switch from presta to schrader. Has enough oomph to pump up the slicks on my commuter.
A Zefal mini. Works great, except for tubeless tires. I carry it in my Camelbak anyway just incase I run out of CO2 cylinders or something. Seating tubeless tires without a CO2 inflator is practically impossible, especially with a mini pump.
03-20-03, 12:28 AM
I use a mt. morph and have had good luck with it. I also use a specialized air force,and a performance hurricane. These two work well, but are pretty slow. Go with the mt morph.
I am using SKS Airboy Alu
90 grams, for two type o valves (Schreder, Presta) + very efficient in pumping, and I will repeat it - 90 grams
I would recommend it to anybody.
Went to REI and found a pump I never heard of before - SKS AVACS Cyber mini pump. What caught my eye was the small mounting system - rubber straps. Took it out of the package and tried it out on a demo bike, worked just fine. 12 bucks on sale. Hooked it on my bike and its solid - if the rubber straps dont hold up over time, I like the zefal straps that do the mounting job just fine. But no air leakage, took awhile to get to max pressure, but its not bad.
03-20-03, 11:45 PM
Using the Wrench Force Ventilator 3. Has satisfied me so far, but here's the low-down
-Cheap (12 bucks)
-Small and light
-Schraeder and Presta with no changes
-Takes a long time (they make one's with larger cylinders though)
-Not sure how long plastic catch on the handle will last
-Handle could be more ergonomic
If this were MTBR.com I'd give it 3.5 flaming chilis, mostly just because of the small stroke.
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