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12-03-08, 05:54 PM
I'm happy in general with my Topeak Road Morph pump. However:
1. The pin on the lever on the head fell out -- company replaced it.
2. The bolt holding the foot flap fell out -- replaced it at hardware store.
3. The gauge is not easily read unless your eyeballs are only about 1.5 feet away. This is very inconvenient. If they were to color code it or otherwise make it possible to distinguish 90 psi from 120 psi, it would be better.
01-02-09, 07:13 PM
This pump is next on my "list." Folding out like a minature floor pump, and having a hose, should go a long way in preventing torn-off stems (I've done that twice on the road using standard "mini-pumps" and had to start walking). It seems (having read a few similar comments as yours) that this pump's downside is that maybe it is not supper sturdy. Since my flat count has gone way down in the last year (because I've learned from past mistakes, and am using more flat-resistant tires) I think this pump should be great for the occasional flat, but probably shouldn't be counted on as one's main "everyday" workhorse pump.
I like the dual-headed pumps I've used (with one hole for presta, and another hole for schrader(?))...I had a "reversable" one-hole type pump, but couldn't get it to work consistantly...Has anyone had any problems with the Topeak Morph pumps fitting both types of stems effectively?
I have had my road morph for a season now and I am very happy with it. It is very light weight and fits nicely on my bike. It isn't as easy to use as my standard Joe Blow pump, but I don't think it was made to be an every time you ride pump. The one thing that helps me when using the road morph is that I leave my riding gloves on. The handle is not very big and the gloves keep it from hurting the palm of my hand.
I started with the Pocket Rocket, I believe. I would pump for all I was worth, and I never felt like I was getting decent riding pressure, but it was usually adequate to get me to a real pump. As long as I didn't tear the stem. I still have it for situations where I'm traveling extra light and am not actually planning to use it. I switched to a Crank Brothers pump with a built in pressure gauge. That was handy because then I didn't have to guess whether or not it was inflating my tires enough. I knew I wasn't getting up to a decent pressure. I could get decent pressure for a low-pressure tire, but my arm would fall off before getting close to my maximum pressure on my normal tires. Or I would tear the stem. I moved it to my small-wheeled bike. If I'm careful, it'll get those tires inflated to a rideable pressure. Then came the Road Morph. I agree with gauge issue. I haven't had any of the other issues, but what I have found is that this is only pump I've owned where I can actually pump up my tire and forget about it. It's not "good enough," it's actually the pressure I want. I am sure there is room for improvement. I've heard other people say that they've had pieces break, so that is an issue, but for me it's the only pump I've found that I actually trust to inflate my tire, so, flawed or not, it's still tops in my book.
I have the mini-morph. It doesn't need a gauge, since it's hard to get over 90 psi. But that's enough to continue riding.
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