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Mini Pump for gravel rides - your favorite?

Old 11-06-20, 06:59 PM
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Mini Pump for gravel rides - your favorite?

I've been relying on CO2 alone for too long. Been lucky so far, but luck eventually runs out. So I need to buy a mini pump. I've heard good things about the Tattico model by Silca. Russ ("Path Less Pedaled" vlogger) gave it a rave review, mainly because of its ruggedness and the small length of hose between the pump and pump head that prevents bending the valve. But it is a bit pricey, I suppose. Any favorites based on personal experience?
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Old 11-06-20, 07:06 PM
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Do you need a different pump because you're on gravel?

Anyway, my favourite pump is a Lezyne Micro Floor Drive - either the HP or the HV depending on your tyres - their volume and pressure.
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Old 11-06-20, 08:00 PM
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Mine is the Topeak Mountain Morph, with gauge. A bit heavier than the Lezyne, but less expensive.
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I use the Bontragar Air Support HP Pro S for my 65psi+ needs and the Bontrager Air Support HV Pro Mini for my < 65psi needs.

It's been great on all surfaces. I've got 20 roadside inflations with the HP and about a dozen with the HV, never any issues.
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I use the Crankbrothers Gem, mainly because fits in a medium size saddle bag. It has always worked when needed, but it does take time to pump up a tire.
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Old 11-06-20, 09:43 PM
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Topeak road morph and Topeak mountain more are on all my bikes- road, gravel, touring.
the gauge is nice, it is solid and simple, and it doesnt require 600 strokes.
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Anything with a hose
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i have a Lezyne Sport Drive which is fine for pumping the 42mm tires up to pressure: 26/30psi, and with a lot of effort 40psi but if i had to reseat the bead I would use CO2. i bring both but since running tubeless the Lezyne functions mostly as a decorative ornament
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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
Anything with a hose
This. I use Lezyne pumps on all of my bikes.
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If you like the Silca, buy it. Iíve got one, and itís good. But plenty of other solid recommendations in this thread.
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Old 11-07-20, 08:26 AM
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Topeak Pocket Rocket DXII here. Fits perfectly next to my down tube water bottle mount and stays out of the way.
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For me an accurate integrated gauge and hose is important and I usually help others dial in the right pressure for the particular course we are riding. https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/...-mfdr-v204hvdg
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Originally Posted by CargoDane View Post
Do you need a different pump because you're on gravel?

No, but you might need to carry a pump because you're on gravel.

I don't carry a pump for road riding. I rarely get flats on the road, and when I do it's easy to change and inflate with CO2, and if I can't inflate with CO2 for some reason, there's always other riders around and/or it's easy for me to call for a ride.

With gravel riding, it's often on rougher surfaces which might increase the chances of flatting, and in rural/remote locations where cell phone coverage is poor, there are few other people around, and/or it's impossible to access with a car so calling for a ride isn't an option. In those situations, carrying a mini-pump as a backup is smart planning.
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Old 11-10-20, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
No, but you might need to carry a pump because you're on gravel.

I don't carry a pump for road riding. I rarely get flats on the road, and when I do it's easy to change and inflate with CO2, and if I can't inflate with CO2 for some reason, there's always other riders around and/or it's easy for me to call for a ride.
I carry a pump regardless of what and where I ride. CO2 is a one-shot deal, and besides, CO2 won't last long in a tyre anyway. I also don't see the point of CO2 with larger tyres than narrow road tyres.


With gravel riding, it's often on rougher surfaces which might increase the chances of flatting, and in rural/remote locations where cell phone coverage is poor, there are few other people around, and/or it's impossible to access with a car so calling for a ride isn't an option. In those situations, carrying a mini-pump as a backup is smart planning.
LOL, are you trying to convince me that a pump is a good thing? You quoted a post of mine that was asking tongue-in-cheek if you needed a special pump for gravel. I already think a pump is a good thing.
I will say that I think one should always carry a pump regardless of the surface you are on. But we already have a long thread about that.

Back to pumps.I prefer the Micro Floor drives (HP or HV) simply because they truly are just small floor pumps making it easier to pump your tyres, and they have a hose, and usually either an analog or digital gauge (although I have seen them with no gauge). They are so good that even at home, that is the pump I use (I have both HP and HV versions).

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Old 11-10-20, 06:22 PM
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Another Lezyne MFD pump user; I have the HP and XL. I bought the XL for my fatbike but now use it whenever I can get away with 35 psi or less because it's so much quicker.

On my road bike I use the included mount to keep the pump on the frame, but for MTB and gravel I prefer to have the pump in a bag. At 12" long they generally require a frame bag or hydration pack, unless you get a really big handlebar bag (North St Pioneer 12 can fit them).
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I carry a pump regardless of what and where I ride. CO2 is a one-shot deal, and besides, CO2 won't last long in a tyre anyway. I also don't see the point of CO2 with larger tyres than narrow road tyres.
Probably obvious, but the point of CO2 on gravel is to seat the bead if you can "fix" the tire without a tube.
But certainly, 90% of the time I'm using a small pump to keep the air flowing until the sealant does its job. For instance - a pinch flat will seal if I get sealant to pool there. Its not going to seal unless I stop the bike and tilt the tire so the sealant goes near the rim. A CO2 would often just blow the sealant out - slow application with a hand pump does the trick for me.
And, when I've broken the bead seal and reset it - CO2 is the only thing that is going to work out in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 11-12-20, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
Probably obvious, but the point of CO2 on gravel is to seat the bead if you can "fix" the tire without a tube.
But certainly, 90% of the time I'm using a small pump to keep the air flowing until the sealant does its job. For instance - a pinch flat will seal if I get sealant to pool there. Its not going to seal unless I stop the bike and tilt the tire so the sealant goes near the rim. A CO2 would often just blow the sealant out - slow application with a hand pump does the trick for me.
And, when I've broken the bead seal and reset it - CO2 is the only thing that is going to work out in the middle of nowhere.
The person I responded to ONLY carried CO2 when doing anything other than gravel (i.e. no pump unless on gravel), then went on to extoll the virtues of a pump to me, hence my reply to that.
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Old 11-13-20, 04:17 PM
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Currently using the Topeak RaceRocket MT. It comes with an attachment to mount it beside a water bottle, but I just use two velcro straps in the same position, to save a little weight.

Had a standard barrel mini Topeak for the road bike previously. Thought I'd try this wider-barrel version for the wider gravel tyres.

I do notice the higher air volume going in with each stroke, which I like. Topeak also has an even wider model.

From what I've read online, the hose/connector design can tend to unscrew valve cores when unthreading the connector.
I can understand that, having used it, however I make sure everything is squared up when unscrewing, and so don't have this occurring.
(when others have used the pump, I have seen them unscrew their core at times).
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Old 11-14-20, 05:45 PM
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Another mountain-not-road morph user here. The foot is why. Since my heart surgery my chest isnít great for doing flies with a pump. The mountain one is bigger diameter, faster for lower pressure but Iím sure 100 psi would take a handstand
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Old 11-16-20, 02:56 PM
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Lezyne HV Drive Mountain Bike Pump small: https://ride.lezyne.com/products/1-mp-hvdr-v2m04. Moves a decent amount of air per stroke and is well made like all Lezyne products.
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