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Old 11-10-09, 07:42 PM
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Best mini/micro pump WITH GUAGE

I'm on the hunt for a mini pump right now. I'm thinking I may go with one co2 pump and a small mini pump which will mainly be the one to prime the tire up to say 15-20psi then have the co2 do the rest of the hard work.

Was going to post in the touring area but I figure here would be good. I'm eyeing a Zefal EZ right now as it can take 12/16gm untreaded cartridges which I can get get locally but want to have a small manual back up.

zefal EZ threaded/unthreaded
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The Topeak's Road Morph or Mountain Morph (depending on type of tire pressure you are running) seem to be at the top of many people's lists.
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Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
The Topeak's Road Morph or Mountain Morph (depending on type of tire pressure you are running) seem to be at the top of many people's lists.
Yep. The Road Morph G gets my vote.
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Old 11-10-09, 09:19 PM
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The Road morph isn't a mini pump. I own one mini pump. It can get my tires up to about 30 pounds... enough to limp home. Never thought about taking a CO2 cartridge in addition.

The Road morph is usually good to get to 60 pounds. Maybe more. That's why it is always the pump I travel with.
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Old 11-10-09, 09:23 PM
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My road morph will go to 90psi no problem. Its not fast but I don't mind. The mountain morph is better for wider tires with lower pressure, but doesn't have a guage. The turbo morph is a mountain morph with a guage. If your running 28s or skinnier I'd go with the road morph, wider than that I'd go turbo morph. I bought my road morph before finding that 35's are the best. It still works though.
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Old 11-10-09, 09:29 PM
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I liked the Road Morph G so much, I bought a second one so each bike has it's own.
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After reading reviews and recommendations a few years back, I bought a Road Morph G. I would buy it again if I needed another portable pump.

Having said that, I did just buy a tiny little CO2 thingy that I haven't tried yet. Not sure how that will work out, but thought I'd give one a shot.
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Old 11-10-09, 09:53 PM
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Lezyne Micro Floor Drive pumps are it. The HPG for high pressure, the HVG for high volume. All metal construction and rebuildable. The pump all other pumps aspire to be.
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Old 11-11-09, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Powerarranger View Post
I liked the Road Morph G so much, I bought a second one so each bike has it's own.
+1. Each of my bikes has its own RoadMorph G.
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Old 11-11-09, 08:06 AM
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I pump my tires to 80 to 100 PSI with my Road Morph.

As far as I'm concerned, it's a mini pump. Certainly not a micro, but it's not as big as a Zefal HPX, which I consider to be a "standard" pump.

At home, I use an air compressor, but if I do use a pump, I use the cheap plastic $15 pump I bought at a department store years ago. It's got a gauge which I have found to be accurate to about 2 PSI, and I've pumped up a lot of tires with it, including one time I pumped up a friend's spare tire from about 2 PSI up to 30 PSI when we were out in the woods and he needed a spare and hadn't checked the pressure in years.
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I'm very happy with my Road Morph G. I'm ordering a Mini Morph, as I want a smaller pump to fit into a bag (the Road is 1.5" too long) If I find its performance as good as the Road, I'm ordering the gauge head as a spare from Topeak and putting that on to make my own Mini Morph G.
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Originally Posted by kaseri View Post
Lezyne Micro Floor Drive pumps are it. The HPG for high pressure, the HVG for high volume. All metal construction and rebuildable. The pump all other pumps aspire to be.
This is true... Longer hose, better chuck - and your kids will inherit it when you die. However, the Lezyne's are a lot more expensive than the Morph's (of which I also own three). Still, if you can afford it, it's the way to go.
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Old 11-11-09, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
+1. Each of my bikes has its own RoadMorph G.
Same here! I used that as my primary bike pump for nearly 2 years! It does to 110 PSI without any problem, remarkably robust for a small pump. My new floor pump is faster to 110 PSI and a little easier to hook up, but the roadmorph G is a fantastic pump.

Happy riding,
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Old 11-11-09, 11:12 AM
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The Road morph is a fine pump, probably the best frame pump I have ever used. I have two, one each on my primary road bike and my folding bike. But unlike one of posters above, I consider it a frame pump and not a mini, which is what the OP is asking. I guess the term "frame-pump" is relative.

It sounds as if the Op wants a duel system. CO2 and a mini back-up. I did just this for many years and there are some good options for that approach. I would recommend the Innovations "microflate" or "air-chuck". These two are easy to use, reliable, and light weight. Yes, they use the more expensive threaded carts. But if you keep your tires maintained you will use very few of them.

https://www.genuineinnovations.com/bi...truction-.html

https://www.genuineinnovations.com/bi...late-nano.html

For the mini, there are some with gauges. One that comes to mind is the crank-bros model. But the accuracy of pump gauges has always been a matter of debate. I am currious why you want one with a gauge. If all your going to do is put about 20 psi in the tire then use the co2 to top it off, then a gauge is not needed. After all, the CO2 will not have a gauge. So why worry about the first 10 or 20 psi, and not the final pressure. Personally, when I used the method you are looking at doing, I never used the mini pump at all. It was a back up option only. I say buy any model you want from a reputable company. I personaly like Topeak's line of mini-pumps. I used the "speed" master blaster.

https://www.topeak.com/products/Mini-Pumps

There are also some hybrid pumps. These are manual/co2 combo pumps. I have tried two of these in the past year. The Innovations "second wind road" was the model I thought would work really well, but when I bought one and used it, it was awful. I returned it to the store 3 days later. Now interestingly enough, another model I bought was the nashbar hybrid. I did not expect much from this pump, but it has worked out fairly well so far. It even uses the cheaper non-threaded 12g carts. I have it mounted to my single speed commuter bike and have not used it much other than to test it. So the long term results may differ from my initial impressions. The one obvious downside to a hybrid is if a part fails that is common to the inflator and pump, you will have neither. That is why for many years I carried two separate units. Especially on rando events.

https://www.genuineinnovations.com/bi...rbon-mini.html

https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_10000_201508

On my primary road bike I have forgone the CO2/mini-pump option in favor of the Road morph. I still have those pumps and I don't rule out going back. But for now the Road morph has been great and CO2 is just not needed.
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Old 11-11-09, 11:55 AM
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Back when I had two bikes with 26" tires, I had two Turbo Morph Gs - one on each bike. I gave away one of those bikes and now have a road bike with 27" x 1 1/4" tires. I was anticipating having to buy a Road Morph G to replace one of the Tubros, but to my surprise the Turbo inflates the 27" tires just fine - and I run 100 PSI. In fact, I don't even own a floor pump. So what if it takes an extra two minutes to inflate an airless tube? I do that maybe 10 times a year. If I was working in a shop, then I would probably want a floor pump, but I see no need for the typical cyclist with this pump. The Turbo Morph G is that good - just be careful to protect the plastic parts - the foot pad and the section the handle locks into broke after dropping the thing a few times, which is why I bought the second one, but the critical parts on the original still work fine.

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Originally Posted by kaseri View Post
Lezyne Micro Floor Drive pumps are it. The HPG for high pressure, the HVG for high volume. All metal construction and rebuildable. The pump all other pumps aspire to be.


YES! the first pump that I would grab!
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Another vote for the Lezvne micro floor driver HPG...I looked at the road morph and this and went with the Lezyne. The Lezyne just looked way better built. Its also quite light. Very happy so far...got my 23c tires up to 120 psi with no problems. The only thing that could be better are the grooves in the handle can make pumping uncomfortable without gloves on.
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Old 11-12-09, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
I'm ordering a Mini Morph, as I want a smaller pump to fit into a bag (the Road is 1.5" too long) If I find its performance as good as the Road, I'm ordering the gauge head as a spare from Topeak and putting that on to make my own Mini Morph G.
The hose is a bit short for fitting the gauge.


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I thought my Quicker pump was great until I momentarily started riding on inferior tires, that came with a new bike, and started accumulating plenty of flats. I found that it was a struggle to get the air in with the Quicker in field conditions. I broke a valve or two on the way. As a solution I moved to Topeak Morph and would not consider anymore any pump without a hose and a footpeg.
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Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
The Topeak's Road Morph or Mountain Morph (depending on type of tire pressure you are running) seem to be at the top of many people's lists.
I use PRESTA tubes on my bike and running with Continential MTB light tubes and Continential Travel Contacts @ 85 PSI (physical tires say 80 PSI but I think the manufactuers website said 85 PSI max. Perhaps it's their newer process that allows +5 PSI )

I know with prestas you can do about 10PSI with your mouth then the rest you need mechanical assistance. I would ideally like to reach 80psi without any problems tho if I had to get going in a bad situation getting to 60PSI bare minimum without problems is still ok.

Yes I am looking for a small pump. Something that can fit in the pocket with a little hang out is still ok. The extra hang out can be the quick grab whack stick.
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Originally Posted by jmichaeldesign View Post
My road morph will go to 90psi no problem. Its not fast but I don't mind. The mountain morph is better for wider tires with lower pressure, but doesn't have a guage. The turbo morph is a mountain morph with a guage. If your running 28s or skinnier I'd go with the road morph, wider than that I'd go turbo morph. I bought my road morph before finding that 35's are the best. It still works though.
I ride a custom MTB with 26 x 1.75" tires currently. Stock tires were IRC Methos 26 x 2.1". I also have some Continental Twisters 26 x 2.5" I think tho normally I ride with 1.75" because of the higher PSI and faster speed.

I'd like the pump to be able to run through the different tire selections. I don't have a road/hybrid bike yet but I may be getting on in the future. All my bikes are MTB's.
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Anyone with experience with this one?

https://www.topeak.com/products/Mini-Pumps/MiniMorph

I measured my pocket right now on one of my shorts and I got about a 9" pocket so I assume most of my pants are around the same. I think 10" is as large as I'd want to go but seems like after seeing the Topeak website 6.3" is the smallest of the pump sizes.

Too bad they don't show you the pumps fully extended pics asI'd like to know if they are single or double stage extentions. What I mean is if they extended out like ~2-3 times the pumps size.

Also the pump I linked above I'm wondering if the foot/base is aluminum and reinforced? I'd hate for it to snap off if it was plastic.
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Also the pump I linked above I'm wondering if the foot/base is aluminum and reinforced? I'd hate for it to snap off if it was plastic.
They are plastic, but it's ok. All your force is when you push down, it's not going to break from you pulling the handle back up.
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Stay away from the SKS Puro Deep Black (micro) mini even though it has a very slick air pressure gauge built inside the pump, the pump itself is a piece of crap. They claimed it could reach 116psi but after about 600 pumps I could only get it to 60psi and it wasn't going to go any further, then it broke after the first use and it wouldn't go any further then 40. To bad SKS doesn't put that same slick guage in their other pumps they would sell zillions of them.

However SKS has a very good customer service department, and they sent me the Raceday Carbon (not sure why they call it carbon since it's made of AL with carbon look design painted on it...weird) pump mini for free without having to send the old one back; and thus far it works great. So at least they stand behind their stuff, which is something few companies do these days.
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Originally Posted by Zero_Enigma View Post
I ride a custom MTB with 26 x 1.75" tires currently.
You're running those at 85psi?
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