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    Compact pump recommendations

    I'm looking for a compact pump that will bolt on under a waterbottle cage. I want a reliable pump that performs well and will reach an actual 100+ psi . I've heard that some pumps rated at 120 psi don't perform past 80 psi in the real world. I also would like it to work on both Presta and Schrader valves. My LBSs have Specialized, Bontrager, and Serfas pumps in stock and of course, each claims that their brand/model is superior. Any recommendations or links to reports on side by side comparisons?
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    Topeak Road Morph G. Search these forums and you'll find plenty of recommendations for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02Pilot View Post
    Topeak Road Morph G. Search these forums and you'll find plenty of recommendations for it.
    +1
    On a recent group trip, every time there was a flat they always wanted to use my Topeak Road Morph G instead of the several other pumps people were carrying. Be careful with the hose end cap. Mine came lose, fell off, and made the pump unusable until I replaced it ($5).
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    Agree the Topeak RM is one of the best and also the Lezyne "Pressure Drive" models are very good, have presta and schrader fittings and will get over 100psi. I have a Pressure drive Med size and very happy with it. A little pricey but very well made, small and uses a hose rather than a direct clamp-on to the presta valve which makes it much easier to keep from ripping the valve out of the tube when pumping. They also sell spares if something wears out. There may be other good mini's out there but most don't get near 100psi, require 250+ strokes to fill a tire and not worth buying at any price. My Lezyne needs around 130 to get a 23mm tire to 100psi.

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    +1 Topeak Road Morph G. I own 2, got tired of forgetting to move the pump when I switched bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
    I've heard that some pumps rated at 120 psi don't perform past 80 psi in the real world.
    The laws of physics can't be violated. "Rated" pressure of a tire pump is what the manufacturer wants you to think. "Real" pressure has to do with barrel diameter and how hard you are able to push the handle.

    The nice thing about a Road Morph is that it's really a minerature floor pump. It has a hose so you're less likely to tear out your valve stem and it allows you to use your torso weight to help push the handle down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyleyinSTL View Post
    +2 this pump rocks

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    Lezyne.

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    The fold-out foot pad and hose on the Topeak Morph pumps that allow you to use the pump like a floor pump are brilliant. I've got a Mini Morph and that little thing can reliably get me over 100 psi.

    My only complaint is that the mounting bracket that comes with the pump installs in place of a water bottle cage, not alongside one. Topeak does make a mount that clips the pump alongside a water bottle cage. You can buy it HERE.

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    As the owner of two Road Morphs I recommend the LEZYNE.
    Road Morphs used to be the coolest kid on the block for me until the first maintenance cycle came along.
    Morphs are good pumps but parts have been extremely difficult to obtain. IMHO they are not to worth the MSRP of around $50.
    Besides they are a big pump for under the bottle cage.

    I will trade to road morphs for one lezyne micro floor drive hp.

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    My take on Lezyne: Over-rated. Well built, but lousy ergonomics and chuck design. Lots of angles and sharp edges on the pump handle right where you have to press down, like the hose channel on the micro floor pumps, or the hose storage hole on their smaller pumps. I like the Topeak Morph ergonomics better, but they do contain an awful lot of plastic. I broke the footpegs off of two of my Morphs, one of them on the first use. Plus I don't think Topeak officially makes an under-bottle-cage mount for them, though you can find ones that will take a Road Morph (as Skydog75 pointed out).

    Has anyone tried the Bontrager Mini-Charger? It looks like a Road Morph but with a metal handle and footpeg (though oddly the footpeg is attached to a plastic base)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaluna View Post
    I don't think Topeak officially makes an under-bottle-cage mount for them, though you can find ones that will take a Road Morph (as Skydog75 pointed out).
    The under-cage mount I linked above is Topeak's own. I was guided to that mount on the Todson web site by Topeak customer service. (Todson is the USA distributor for Topeak products.)

    I haven't broken any of the plastic bits on my Mini-Morph, but until I used it a few times, I did wonder how sturdy that fold-out foot pad is. Hopefully mine holds up a bit better than yours!

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    the Morph ones are like a munchkin floor pump
    so you have the ground to push against.

    that is how you get the 100 psi..

    By the work you put into the handle.

    longer the pump barrel the higher the compression,
    by the time it gets to the bottom of the stroke.

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    Most compact pumps are nothing but junk. I have had 3 fail or just break. I pretty much rely on CO2 inflators.

    If the Topeak is the pump that has a gage and a hose, it is the one I plan to buy next for emergencies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    Most compact pumps are nothing but junk. I have had 3 fail or just break. I pretty much rely on CO2 inflators.

    If the Topeak is the pump that has a gage and a hose, it is the one I plan to buy next for emergencies.
    The Topeak Road/Mountain/Turbo Morph pumps all have hoses, and you can get them with or without gauge. The same goes for the Lezyne Micro floor pumps.

    I've pretty much switched to CO2 as well, with a pump as backup. Sometimes I'll use the hand pump to get the tire started and then finish up with the CO2. That way, if there's something wrong with the seating of the tube or tire and I need to deflate it again, I'm not using up my limited CO2 supply. That also allows me to carry a smaller pump if I can't fit one of the floor-type models on the frame.

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    I have both the Topeak Road Morph G (G stands for guage, they make one without the G) and the Lezyne Road Drive which does not come with a gauge unless you spend another $20 for one.

    Differences besides cost, and the Lezyne does cost more, is looks and effectiveness. The Lezyne is a very nice looking pump, I love the way it looks...but that's where it ends because in the world of effectiveness the Topeak Road Morph beats the Lezyne because the Topeak it takes less effort to pump, and it takes about 75 less strokes to get to the same pressure. The Topeak is a miniature floor pump, it has a fold out foot peg, a fold out pump handle, and the G model as a neat but small gauge that I've found to be accurate to within 3 pounds; but the pump is ugly and fairly large.

    Those two pumps are probably the easiest pumps to use on high pressure or high volume tires that you can strap onto a bike without getting a full size frame pump.

    If want a smaller pump then the ones I mentioned Topeak makes a great small pump called the Race Rocket HPX and they not only look really nice but you can get 3 different colored handles to match the bike or decals or...? It also has a separate hose that is internally contained and attaches to the pump like the Lezyne. However, it won't be as efficient as the Lezyne and especially the Road Morph and could take at least 200 more strokes then the Lezyne; but unlike a lot of mini's it will get your tires up to whatever pressure you want, most mini's say they can but they can't.

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    Yeah, Lezyne
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    I use the Bell dual action frame pumps. I have 3 of them. It's the ONLY frame pump I've found that actually reaches rated pressure, and then goes ahead and does it easily. $10 a pop, with a two year warranty. Good enough for me.

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