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    Zefal pump timeline question

    Anyone know / remember when Zefal HPX pumps were being made with the handles that lacked the lockout and required a pump peg / umbrella pump clip?

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    I believe I bought my Zefal HP (NOT 'HP-X') pump in 1976 which is when I first saw them. It has a silver body and worked with both Presta and Shrader valves (but required that you exchange a few pieces in the head - I always carried the spare parts in my patch kit). It only came in one length and used the umbrella clip to hold the handle end.

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    Mine looks pretty much just like an HP, although it's all black with the standard HPX graphics. The handle (other than being black) appears to be exactly the same as the HP. It has all the parts to change from Schrader to Presta already there, you just have to rearrange the internal bits to convert from one to the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
    I believe I bought my Zefal HP (NOT 'HP-X') pump in 1976 which is when I first saw them. It has a silver body and worked with both Presta and Shrader valves (but required that you exchange a few pieces in the head - I always carried the spare parts in my patch kit). It only came in one length and used the umbrella clip to hold the handle end.
    I also have a HP purchased with the Moto Mirage in 79. Mine is shrader only so I keep the brass converter in it (and a wee cork to keep it clean). Mine also used the umbrella clip and the plastic wings on the head to hold it in a frame corner. Mine is down along the ST, clip up, wings down so the 'business side' of the pump head faces the DS. The white plastic wings got brittle and broke apart years ago so I whittled new wings out of a bit of 2mm thick black ABS plastic. Sits fine that way and it still pumps well after all those years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leicanthrope View Post
    Mine looks pretty much just like an HP, although it's all black with the standard HPX graphics. The handle (other than being black) appears to be exactly the same as the HP. It has all the parts to change from Schrader to Presta already there, you just have to rearrange the internal bits to convert from one to the other.
    Does your HPX have a plastic contoured end cap that you twist to select 'X' (for compression to fit on a frame) and HP for filling your tires? If so, that matches mine. I believe I bought mine in 1986 or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leicanthrope View Post
    Anyone know / remember when Zefal HPX pumps were being made with the handles that lacked the lockout and required a pump peg / umbrella pump clip?
    I though HP X all had the lockout? Lockout mode was for inflation, compression mode was for mounting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeRinger View Post
    Does your HPX have a plastic contoured end cap that you twist to select 'X' (for compression to fit on a frame) and HP for filling your tires? If so, that matches mine. I believe I bought mine in 1986 or so.
    It doesn't. The handle looks identical to the original HP, except for it being black instead of silver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
    I though HP X all had the lockout? Lockout mode was for inflation, compression mode was for mounting?
    Exactly why I'm asking about it. This one appears to be an odd duck, perhaps a transitional version of some sort.

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    I don't know if it was a Zefal but my first pump needed little plastic clips to hold it on my Royce Union and you had to attach a hose to the pump to attach it to you tube.
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    I have both, and I'm with MiamiJim; I believe all the HPXs had loclout mode. I don't have them in front of me, but it seems the HPX has a slightly larger diameter body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
    I have both, and I'm with MiamiJim; I believe all the HPXs had loclout mode. I don't have them in front of me, but it seems the HPX has a slightly larger diameter body.
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    Not all, apparently. Hence my puzzlement.

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    I wonder if someone swapped handles on that one. My understanding matches that expressed earlier, i.e., that "X" refers to the lockout mode. Great pumps, by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    I wonder if someone swapped handles on that one. My understanding matches that expressed earlier, i.e., that "X" refers to the lockout mode. Great pumps, by the way.
    Was there a black handled version of the HP?

    ...and yes, I'm quite happy with it. Less anachronistic than the Topeak Master Blaster, and it doesn't feel like it's going to self destruct on me like the Silcas do.

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    I too thought that all HP X pumps had the lockout feature. Most likely the hadle was swapped out from another pump - perhaps an HP and the original owner painted HP handle black to match?

    I have an old 1987 HP pump that was given to me after it fell off a fellow's bicycle and was then run over by a car. I was at Pedler Cycles in Toronto when tthe guy came in with that pump to buy another like it. I took the crushed pump home, remove the handle assembly and the drove a length of hardwood dowel into the pump barrel to straighten it out again. Took the repaired pump tp Peler the next day and they were amazed that it was working again. It still works like new all these years later. Not many pumps could be ressurected like that.

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    I know that the Hp was made with both silver painted and bare aluminum handles because I have both. I haven't seen one with a black handle.

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    Tale of Three Zefal's

    Well I have now accumulated 3 Zefal pumps of various age. The age is my best guess.
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    Thanks for the tip for getting new wings for my Zefal HP pumps.
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