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Old 03-19-03, 11:05 AM   #1
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What are you guys using for mini pumps?

Thinking about a mountain morph/topeak, since I have the road version for road riding. But I want to know what else works well and reliable. Not looking for co2 - Im not racing. So lets hear it.
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Old 03-19-03, 11:37 AM   #2
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This is what I'm using and have not had a single problem with it! I even use it to pump up my 2.5 size tires...and it works great!

http://www.topeak.com/cgi-bin/SoftCa...99b+1048096463

The coolest part about it...is that you don't have to take it apart to change from presta to shrader valve... Work on both without having to change it!

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Old 03-19-03, 02:16 PM   #3
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I use aa Blackburn. I think its called the "Mountain Air" or something like that. The top of the pump can be changed from Schraeder to Presta by unscrewing the top cap and reversing a peice. Fairly easy to do, but not like the "smart" heads that come on some pumps. It's worked good strapped to a bike during races/epics/crashes/drops for two full season. It's been used on winter rides on snowmobile trails also and I didn't have a probolem with the plastic or anything. It was only $15 (At the LBS)or something. Less cheap than most of the other ones you can
find. I use a Topeak brand pump as a frame pump on my road bike and haven't like it as much as the little Blackburn in regards to the quality.

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Old 03-19-03, 03:40 PM   #4
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My Topeak mini-pump is pretty good at the moment. I had a Blackburn mini-pump for about five years (I forget the exact model if there's any difference there), it was pretty reliable and did a job for me too.
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I have a blackburn i found. But i didn't have the mount, s i picked up one in the bicycle section at sav-on drug for $6 and it works as good as the blackburn.
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I have a Topeak Einstein Master Blaster. It has a smarthead to fit both schrader and presta valves without the need to disassemble anything and a dual-pressure chamber. There's also a patchkit in the handle and it can be used as a tyre lever. It's around 9-1/2" long and fits pretty well in my Camelbak. I don't think they make that particular model anymore but there should be a comparable one now... possibly with better features.
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Specialized Air Force 2. Easy switch from presta to schrader. Has enough oomph to pump up the slicks on my commuter.
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A Zefal mini. Works great, except for tubeless tires. I carry it in my Camelbak anyway just incase I run out of CO2 cylinders or something. Seating tubeless tires without a CO2 inflator is practically impossible, especially with a mini pump.
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I use a mt. morph and have had good luck with it. I also use a specialized air force,and a performance hurricane. These two work well, but are pretty slow. Go with the mt morph.
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I am using SKS Airboy Alu

90 grams, for two type o valves (Schreder, Presta) + very efficient in pumping, and I will repeat it - 90 grams

I would recommend it to anybody.
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Old 03-20-03, 09:27 AM   #11
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Went to REI and found a pump I never heard of before - SKS AVACS Cyber mini pump. What caught my eye was the small mounting system - rubber straps. Took it out of the package and tried it out on a demo bike, worked just fine. 12 bucks on sale. Hooked it on my bike and its solid - if the rubber straps dont hold up over time, I like the zefal straps that do the mounting job just fine. But no air leakage, took awhile to get to max pressure, but its not bad.
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Using the Wrench Force Ventilator 3. Has satisfied me so far, but here's the low-down
Positive:
-Cheap (12 bucks)
-Small and light
-Good Seal
-Schraeder and Presta with no changes
Negative
-Takes a long time (they make one's with larger cylinders though)
-Not sure how long plastic catch on the handle will last
-Handle could be more ergonomic
If this were MTBR.com I'd give it 3.5 flaming chilis, mostly just because of the small stroke.
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