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Old 09-15-11, 09:31 AM
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Frame pump?

Contemplating adding a frame pump to my bike kit.

I carry CO2, but I'm sort of non-plussed by it. I don't like the feeling of once you use it, you've got no other means of pumping up a tube.

Any you guys/girls would recommend?

I want it to be small, but I'd consider function over form for the right one.
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Old 09-15-11, 09:42 AM
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I use a Blackburn frame pump under my top tube. I hardly know it's there. But many others know as I do get asked fairly often to borrow it.

I used to carry C02 but after 3 cartridges, a nozzle and whatever else is required, bag space needed to carry it, ease of being able to use some air to seat the tire, using some air to locate the puncture, then able to totally inflate after, just seemed to make much more sense.

Wow, $49? ...I got mine for $30 when I bought the bike.

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Old 09-15-11, 10:14 AM
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I've used a Topeak Road Morph for years...has a mini gauge and is fairly lightweight. You can pump a tire up to 130 pounds without a lot of trouble.
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Old 09-15-11, 10:44 AM
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I've got a couple of the Hurricane Air Scepters (usually on sale at PBS for $15 - $20). They work fine but, as they clamp directly to the stem (don't have a hose), you need to use care to avoid damaging the tube. I've used them several times and have not had a problem getting close to 100 psi out of them but that is about it.

Hoping to get a Lezyne Road Drive some day but can't justify that as what I have works fine.
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Old 09-15-11, 10:53 AM
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I love my Topeak Road Morph G.
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Old 09-15-11, 10:58 AM
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I have both the topeak mountain and road morph, both nice pumps. The road morph has a gauge and is a bit smaller.
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Old 09-15-11, 11:33 AM
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Topeak Road Morph, definitely. One of the most touted frame pumps on this forum.
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Old 09-15-11, 12:11 PM
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Running a Road Morph right now but was looking at this
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+1 on the Topeak Road Morph. Another pump that gets pretty good reviews is the Lezyne.
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Old 09-15-11, 12:24 PM
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My frame pump rattled ONE too many times... so now I have CO2.

That road morph looks awesome though.
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Old 09-15-11, 12:28 PM
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ill.clyde, I carry a mini Blackburn on the road and mountain bike and a Blackburn pump like Mr. Beanz's on the tourer, in addition to the CO2 inflater, which is trigger controlled. I like to partially fill the tire with the pump and finish with the CO2. I also know that one day I'm going to have more flats than the CO2 can cope with.

Mini pumps are often not the best tire inflaters, but they will do the job. While the Blackburns were good pumps in their day, Topeak seems best now.

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Old 09-15-11, 12:40 PM
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I have a zefal HP on my road bike and an wrench force(brand that one of by LBS had in stock that fit my frame)on my commuter utility. I like having a pump because I have had occaisons (not for many years and I hope I don't jinx it) where I had more than one flat on a ride or have helped out other people.
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Originally Posted by tromper View Post
Running a Road Morph right now but was looking at this
The best part of the Road Morph is the hose so that you're not trying to juggle the pump on the valve while pumping....
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I carry CO2 and a lezyne road drive mini! Just in case
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I just got a Road Morph. I haven't had to use it on the road yet, but certainly like having it. I haven't really found a good place to put it yet though. You can mount it instead of a water bottle cage, but I'm not going to lose one of those for a pump.

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Originally Posted by antmuzic View Post
instead of a water bottle cage, but I'm not going to lose one of those for a pump.-a
I don't have a RM but isn't there a bracket that allows you to mount it off to the side so that you can use both?
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Zefal HPX Frame Pump - Black!

Topeak Frame Pump - Silver!
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Originally Posted by antmuzic View Post
I just got a Road Morph. I haven't had to use it on the road yet, but certainly like having it. I haven't really found a good place to put it yet though. You can mount it instead of a water bottle cage, but I'm not going to lose one of those for a pump.

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I just zip tied mine to the underside of the downtube. On my LHT I have enough room to zip tie my mountain morph behind the seat tube.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
I don't have a RM but isn't there a bracket that allows you to mount it off to the side so that you can use both?
I thought they all had mounts. Guess I was wrong, here's mine on the mountain bike:


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Originally Posted by antmuzic View Post
I just got a Road Morph. I haven't had to use it on the road yet, but certainly like having it. I haven't really found a good place to put it yet though. You can mount it instead of a water bottle cage, but I'm not going to lose one of those for a pump.
Bottom of top tube is one place that works well. Another is on the left side seat stay. The newer ones have a velcro strap in addition to the mount, which has always worked for me, so you have to worry even less about them coming off.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
I don't have a RM but isn't there a bracket that allows you to mount it off to the side so that you can use both?
Yep...works like this:




When I got my Morph it came with the bracket that replaced a cage so I called Topeak and bought that mounting bracket. I think it was like 5 bucks, but I've heard of people who called Topeak and got the updated bracket for free.
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I had my pump on a bracket that attached like yours, under the bottle cage. I was pedaling along on a leisure ride and the leg of my biking pants caught on the pump. The pump went flying and the plastic bracket broke. Of course, this happens at a busy intersection. I watched my pump roll along the ground as cars came close to driving over it. But no one hit it and I managed to rescue it when the light changed.

Now I have no good place for my pump. I am not going to use the bottle cage type holder again. As you can see from the picture below I have few good places to attach the pump on my bike. The remains of the bracket are still on the bike in this picture, I since took it off. There isn't enough clearance for the water bottle if I put it on the top tube. Right now it is in my trunk bag, which I may or may not actually take with me.


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Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
Hoping to get a Lezyne Road Drive some day but can't justify that as what I have works fine.
I own two Topeak Road Morph Gs and a Lezyne Road Drive. I would very happily swap the Road Drive for another Road Morph! As an amateur machinist, I think the Road Drive is beautifully made! As a cyclist, I find that design a bit too fiddly and the lack of a pressure gauge is annoying especially given how much the Lezyne pump costs!
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Had a blackburn, smallest size available. Could not fit it on my top tube due to a small frame and because the GT triple triangle design cuts the top tube usable length quite a bit. Got a Topeka road morph g to replace it, which I like better because it has a flexible hose and a pressure gauge. worked great on the two flats I've had since getting it. The 'foot hold' feature is useless though.
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Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
I own two Topeak Road Morph Gs and a Lezyne Road Drive. I would very happily swap the Road Drive for another Road Morph! As an amateur machinist, I think the Road Drive is beautifully made! As a cyclist, I find that design a bit too fiddly and the lack of a pressure gauge is annoying especially given how much the Lezyne pump costs!
Thanks for the input. I was originally thinking Road Morph G but was swayed by the Lezynes' looks and the internal storage of the hose (which is available with a gauge - for $20 extra). Sounds like I need to rethink that.
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