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Old 10-17-08, 10:19 AM   #1
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What kind of pump do you carry?

I'm just getting into touring and I think my Topeak Minimorph without a gauge may not be adequate. I use high pressure tires (Schwalbe Stelvios - 105psi, 115 max). What do you experienced tourists find works best for you? Thanks.
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Old 10-17-08, 11:08 AM   #2
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Most of my touring involves some sort of support vehicle, so the regular inflation of my tires can be done by a floor pump. On the bike I carry one of the mini-pumps which is adequate for flat fixing. If I were going on an unsupported tour I would go for something like the full sized Topeak Road Morph. It's heavier, but if you are relying on it for the regular inflation of your tires you'll be using it a lot.

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Actually the MiniMorph, might be fine. It is essentially the same pump as the Road Morph that most here will recommend, only shorter. I used the Mtn Morph which is an in between length and found that it worked great.

Do you find it hard to get enough pressure with the MiniMorph? If so the RoadMorph's longer length may help.

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If you're buying a pump anyway, you may as well do yourself a favour and buy a full-sized frame pump right off the bat - especially if you plan to tour with it. Minipumps are usable if you're not too far from home and you can get back home riding with low pressure in your road tires, but that won't do on a tour unless somebody else has a proper pump (keeping in mind you won't have access to a floor pump when you get to your day's destination). Minipumps work, but they take an awful lot of strokes compared to a full-sized one, and it's almost impossible to get a road tire up to optimal riding pressure (the great Hercules might be able to do it on Mount Olympus). Every time you flat will be a major, swear word-inducing experience rather than a minor inconvenience. I'm not saying minipumps are useless (I use one on my bike for around town riding), but in the context of your question, go with a full-sized frame pump.
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Old 10-17-08, 11:37 AM   #5
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I use full sized frame pumps but they do require some muscle power to get it up to desired pressure. I have no problem with that.
If you don't have a strong upper body a standard road morph type pump would be more practicle.
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Topeak Road morph with gauge. Great pump, and topeak's customer service has been great. They sent me a new valve fitting when mine busted no questions asked!
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Topeak Mountain Morph - no gauge, but with 26" tyres that's less of a problem.
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blackburn frame pump and zefal frame pump both excellent
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blackburn frame pump and zefal frame pump both excellent
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I have both but I find my Zefal to be a slightly better performer.
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Having some skinny, useless arms I love my Road Morph. It's the first packable pump that I can get above 100 psi on, even though it gets a little tough near the end. I used to have a full size frame pump but couldn't come close since you just can't get the same leverage on those. The road morph's mini hose is genius.
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Old 10-17-08, 02:04 PM   #11
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I used to use the venerable Silca frame-fit pump, one was painted to match a custom frame -- beautiful. But, it was work getting air in tires with those things, and I've had two just blow up in my hands. I've also used Zefal. Works fine. Lately, I've been using two Specialized PVO pumps. I love them. They don't do anything but pump. No hoses, gauges, shraeder adapters, nothing. There are even a few patches hiding behind a cap on the handle. I can get tires to 100 psi with both the compact and full size models. My next pump:
the Quicker Pro Pump (http://www.velo-orange.com/quickerpropump.html). If it does half of what the folks at Velo Orange say it does, it'll be some of the best cash I ever spent. Velo Orange has never steered me wrong, either.
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The Road Morph. It's the only pump that works like a floor pump when used properly. I have one on every bike I own except the mtn bike.
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Old 10-17-08, 03:28 PM   #13
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The Road Morph. It's the only pump that works like a floor pump when used properly.
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I've even heard of people taking their floor pumps on tour. I have a Blackburn TrackSport Sport 2 that weighs in at 8+ lbs. I couldn't see myself hauling that around on a bike tour.
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I've even heard of people taking their floor pumps on tour. I have a Blackburn TrackSport Sport 2 that weighs in at 8+ lbs. I couldn't see myself hauling that around on a bike tour.
We met a couple guy on the TA that had a floor pump with them.
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Old 10-17-08, 04:46 PM   #17
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The Road Morph. It's the only pump that works like a floor pump when used properly. I have one on every bike I own except the mtn bike.
Great pump, but I think your "only" comment overstates things a bit. It's smaller sister the Mtn Morph is a great pump too. I haven't used the MiniMorph, but suspect it is fine as well. They are all pretty much the same pump in different lengths.
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Old 10-17-08, 05:21 PM   #18
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...and the Turbo Morph is the Mountain Morph with a gauge.
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Never used one personally but I've had several recommendations from tourists to messenger for the zefal hpx frame pump.
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Great pump, but I think your "only" comment overstates things a bit. It's smaller sister the Mtn Morph is a great pump too. I haven't used the MiniMorph, but suspect it is fine as well. They are all pretty much the same pump in different lengths.
I was about to agree, but then I decided to check out the specs on the topeak website. I'd still avoid the mini morph, and go with either the mountain or road varieties. For touring, probably the mountain morph is marginally better than the road morph, since according to topeak, it can pump more volume.
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I was about to agree, but then I decided to check out the specs on the topeak website. I'd still avoid the mini morph, and go with either the mountain or road varieties. For touring, probably the mountain morph is marginally better than the road morph, since according to topeak, it can pump more volume.
What fits better on your frame where you want to mount it is a factor. I bought the Mountain Morph because I was on the road and it was what they had, but it turns out to fit better in the location I wanted to mount it.

Strangely mine is labeled Mountain Morph, but it has the inline gauge. On the Topeak web site that looks like it should be called a Turbo Morph.

I doubt that the Mountain Morph's extra volume is all that significant. The barrel is a little bigger in outside diameter, but it is substantially heavier than either of the other two. This make me think maybe the wall thickness accounts for some of that weight, but even if you assume the same wall thickness the difference in bore means something like 6.5% more volume. That probably isn't all that significant. If the wall thickness is greater on the MTN the difference would be less.

I like the slightly shorter length of the Mountain.

I would buy the same pump again, but I doubt there is a huge difference in performance between the Mountain and the Road. The Mountain does seem to have a slight edge in volume. I would have guessed that the road would be a bit easier to reach higher pressures with, but Topeak rates all three sizes the same in this regard.

I suspect that the Mini is also adequate, but it would take more strokes to fill a tire. Xilios, recommended the Mini. Maybe he can comment on this?
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I used to have a Mountain Morph and I liked it a lot. When I lost it, I went out to find another and my LBS had a Serfas Air Supply- same idea as the Morphs, so I bought that to try it out. I like it even better. In comparison, the Serfas has about twice the hose length, a better foot brace and handle (IMO), but falls a little behind the Topeaks for the head- there`s a very short "stem" behind the little cylinder that the valve stem goes into, so you have to be careful not to pull against the hose when lifting the little lever. The Serfas also seems to have a higher volume than the Mtn Morph- I don`t know how it would compare against a bigger Morph. Anyway, I`m going to order another because all my favorite stuff has a way of disappearing from the market or being "improved" to something I don`t like as well. They changed the name and I can`t remember what it`s called now, but it`ll be the one on the Serfas website that looks like a long-hosed Morph. I got one without a gage, but they come in with or without styles.
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Road Morph...bought one a year or so ago to stuff in the seat bag of my Raleigh Superbe, the frame pump on that one needs a hose that I can't find. Liked the Morph so much I bought couple more to keep on some of my other bikes so I wouldn't forget to take it with me.

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