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Old 04-17-13, 12:03 PM   #1
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Thoughts on pumps: Zefal HPX Classic vs. Topeak Road Master Blaster

I've been eyeballing the Zefal HPX Classic for use as a frame pump on my older bike because I like the idea of having a pump that at least looks remotely vintage, while having something close to the functionality of a modern pump. At present, I have a Topeak Road Master Blaster which I love, save for the goofy Mad Max inspired name. For those of you that have used both, how do the two compare?
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You prefer the functionality of a pump you push down against the ground,
over one that you push the plunger with one hand, and resist that force, with the other hand?

Or is the latter acceptable?
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I don't mind the ones where they're totally hand held, not at all. I've used the Topeak before, and it was a heck of a lot easier to pump than the vintagetastic Silca that came with the bike. My current Topeak is too small for the frame of this bike, so I'm going to have to get something new.
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I've had equally good luck with the Zefal HPXs that I've used over the last 20+ years, and the Road Morph, which is admittedly not the same model as the Topeak you mentioned. I had a Silca frame pump many years ago and didn't care for it, plus its head ruined the paint around my bottom bracket.
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You prefer the functionality of a pump you push down against the ground,
over one that you push the plunger with one hand, and resist that force, with the other hand?

Or is the latter acceptable?
The Topeak Master Blaster isn't the same as a Topeak Morph.

As long as the Master Blaster is the same size as a Zefal, I don't think it would make much difference. If the Master Blaster is a Mini Master Blaster...i.e. a short pump...the Zefal would be superior. A Morph pump is better than any of them.
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I have both, and I don't really have a preference. But the Zefal is at least 20 years old and still works like new. The Topeak is probably four or five, but hasn't been used much, so I can't judge reliability. And while I don't consider appearance when I'm choosing stuff like that, the Zefal does look pretty cool under the top tube.
Speaking of Silcas, I bought one years ago because all the cool guys in my area used them. The first time I put it on a tire, the piston slammed back and hit me in the face and the barrel exploded into half a dozen pieces. I've heard since that there's a technique to using them, but I don't know what it is.
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My thinking is that if your vintage ride has a pump peg on the back of the head tube, then go for the HpX. Use the pump peg for it's intended purpose. The parallel to the top tube storage is sweet.

On the other hand if the ride is sans pump peg then you may have to consider a parallel to seat tube mount, sacrificing a water bottle mount, which would give me pause.
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My thinking is that if your vintage ride has a pump peg on the back of the head tube, then go for the HpX. Use the pump peg for it's intended purpose. The parallel to the top tube storage is sweet.

On the other hand if the ride is sans pump peg then you may have to consider a parallel to seat tube mount, sacrificing a water bottle mount, which would give me pause.
No pump pegs, and there aren't braze-ons on the seat tube to begin with, so I've got some flexibility there.
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AARRGGHH !!

Just googled the topeak master blaster, I stupidly ass-u-me-d the discussion was between a full size pump and a mini pump (ala HPX and road morph, both of which I have). Upon seeing a picture of the master blaster I realized my error. Mea Culpa.
That being said, I stand by my thoughts.

I have also seen full size frame pumps mounted parallel to the Left seatStay (mostly on larger frame sizes), a careful measurement of your seatStay length would of course be needed. Usually a couple sizes smaller pump is needed if you decide on this alternative position.

Zefals' website shows a supplemental pump peg for bikes not originally equipped with them.

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Years ago (like 1975), I had a Zefal pump on my bike and it worked great. I can't actually recall what happened to it, but somewhere along the way we parted company. I still have the same bike and recently brought it up to riding condition and bought a Topeak Master Blaster for it. Looks good, easily inflates my 27 x 1 1/4 tires to 90 PSI, and fits in the triangle at the seatpost. I still have Zefal frame bracket near the top of the seatpost to hold the top of the pump and the Topeak fits in it just fine. I don't think you can go wrong either way, but if you want to keep the "vintage-osity" thing going, then I'd go with the Zefal.
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Years ago (like 1975), I had a Zefal pump on my bike and it worked great. I can't actually recall what happened to it, but somewhere along the way we parted company. I still have the same bike and recently brought it up to riding condition and bought a Topeak Master Blaster for it. Looks good, easily inflates my 27 x 1 1/4 tires to 90 PSI, and fits in the triangle at the seatpost. I still have Zefal frame bracket near the top of the seatpost to hold the top of the pump and the Topeak fits in it just fine. I don't think you can go wrong either way, but if you want to keep the "vintage-osity" thing going, then I'd go with the Zefal.
I have some of the Zefal's but I prefer a pump with a pressure gauge. the Zefal is over 15 years old and still works but I haven't needed to use it in many years.
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