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Old 10-14-05, 07:03 PM   #1
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What do you guys use and what do you think is the best one? Do you actually take a good quality pump on your rides or do you have a strictly "get home" mini pump on shortish rides?

I have heard a lot of people say great things about the Topeak Morph pump. But that is one is not cheap, starts at around $ 26 i think. On the upside it can be your only pump, i love that it has a pressure gauge. Do you guys think these pumps can last long?

I use the Zefal HPX, according to Wallingford this pump is "the best one on the market if you need a reliable, easy to use, high-pressure pump to carry with you on your bike. You can easily get a tire to 120 lb. pressure with one of these. They have a reversable head so you can set it up for your Presta bike or your Schrader bike. Frame pumps, like the HPX, are much more efficient than mini-pumps. Each stroke moves so much more air that many less strokes are required."

Well i def. have to agree with all that i am very impressed with these. Downsides is that they are not really cheap about $ 22. (but for me that is a non issue, i have bought two second hand ones for 2 Euros each), nor super light. Also it doesn't have a pressure gauge. On the upside i think that if you do know by feel what the correct pressure is on your tire these can be your only pump. Also they are slender and the black ones would make Darth Vader proud too. Lastly they are a rather simple/have few components and a very time tested design, they have been around for ages and have proven they can last and last.

This comparison table (and the whole site) is interesting, too bad some data seems missing?

http://www.bikepro.com/products/pumps/pumptable.html

I have also found that most mini pumps are a complete waste of cash for heavy or frequent use and that even reputable brands (SKS, Zefal) make some horrid (mini)pumps.

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Old 10-14-05, 07:18 PM   #2
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Road Morph is the ticket for touring. I just did a tour, and for 2 weeks, no problems, then the last day I had 4-6 wheel changes. Lost count. With a quick stick, and the TPRM, zero dread factor. I hear some good things about TP on durability, over at rivendall they were rating them equal to zefal, though they don't have the RM model (which I find hard to understand). I don't consider tham a replacement for a regular floor pump, they aren't "that" easy to use.

I have a dead cheap tubular steel pump I got from Nashbar decades ago, Unfortunately it just has a Presta valve end on it. But it is very easy, so much so, I don't see why people are making all these super pumps.

For getting home, something less stealable would be better, meaning possibly cheaper, I have an Old Zefal mountain mini pump which is awful to use, but compact and I don't care who takes it. This is one of those ugle afairs where you attach it to the stem, and then work like crazy not to rip it off while pumping. I saw a tip that showed leaning the bike against a wooden stop sign type post, and bracing the hand against that for stability. Don't know why I was too stupid to figure that one out for myself.
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Old 10-16-05, 10:11 AM   #3
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Yeah some of those mini pumps are a joke. They give you more of a work out than cycling many miles though
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I've been using the Zfal RX 300 pump for several years now. It was not very expensive (approx. 18 at the time) but it's very reliable. The site claims it can pump up to 5 bars but I've never checked this. I take it with all my bikes (in fact, I always carry it in a bar bag in the folder, inside a pannier in the tourer, in its own carrier in the MTB...) I've used it only a few times away from home, and it was able to pump a rear tyre to meet the demands of a loaded bike.

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Old 10-16-05, 01:26 PM   #5
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An SKS Wese road pump is tiny but designed to take a skinny road tire up to 144psi. You pump for a relatively long time but it's easy pumping. It's T-Mobil's official pump for training rides. Presta only without an adaptor.

http://www.sks-germany.com/en/stage....eite=4&start=9

I concede the Topeak Morph is a better all-round pump - probably the best portable pump on the market in fact on account of: Hose (no unwanted torque on the valve stem), foot pedal & big rotating handle (easy to build up pressure).

Some folks here in the Forums use it in lieu of a floor pump.

I ordered the "Turbo Morph Digital" two days ago and I'm anxiously awaiting it's arrival likely tomorrow. It's one that has a digital fold down gauge. (I'm big on digital after the dial gauge on my floor pump failed; and they're just more precise)

You could fit 3 or 4 WESE pumps in the same space as a Morph though.

So, I guess my summary would be: if you want a tiny pump for road riding that will take a skinny, presta-valve tire to ridiculous high pressure, I recommend the WESE.

If you're willing to compromise on size/weight without any performance or ease-of-use compromises, the Topeak Morph in any of it's 5+ models. (Road/MTB, dial/inline/no-gauge, digital gauge) The lineup is kind of confusing but they're all pretty much the same pump.
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Old 10-17-05, 07:58 PM   #6
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I've used a Morph pump for a while. It's quite friendly in getting a tire up to 100psi. I think the warranty is quite good (I was told 25 years by the importer). Doing a weight comparison to CO2 systems, in my opinion, puts the morph ahead. With 2-3 cartridges + inflators weight, you're at the Morph's weight.
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