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Old 10-19-17, 02:24 PM
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Best mini bike pump?

I've been using co2 inflators for many a year now. Just wondering your opinions on the best mini pump? I'm thinking of getting one. Thanks!

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Old 10-19-17, 02:30 PM
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I'm fond of the Topeak RaceRocket HP. Very small and light, not horribly expensive. Uses a flexible hose and has a narrow pumping cylinder, making pumping much easier and less likely to damage the valve than most rigid mini-pumps.
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Old 10-19-17, 03:18 PM
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Ditto, Topeak RaceRocket HP. Although I'll probably get the longer HPX for my road bike. Takes a lot more effort above 60 psi on those skinny tires. But the HP has been fine for my hybrid tires.
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I think the Topeak Road Morph is the gold standard. Been using mine for a few years.
One of the few take along pumps that can actually go to 100psi. And over.
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Old 10-19-17, 07:31 PM
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I use the Topeak Road Mini Morph. The hose, handle, and foot peg are what sold me on it. I needed something stable & easy to use.
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Old 10-19-17, 07:58 PM
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I don't ride as mini-bike .... all mine are full-sized.
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Old 10-19-17, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
I don't ride a mini-bike .... all mine are full-sized.
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Originally Posted by McBTC View Post
Fastens to water bottle bosses...
Nearly all mini-pumps do that.
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Old 10-19-17, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
i think the topeak road morph is the gold standard. Been using mine for a few years.
One of the few take along pumps that can actually go to 100psi. And over.
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Old 10-20-17, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluebatmobile View Post
I've been using co2 inflators for many a year now. Just wondering your opinions on the best mini pump? I'm thinking of getting one. Thanks!

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Which is best depends on what tire size you need to fill. High volume/lower pressure tires call for different pump attributes than a narrow, high pressure road racing tire.

If we’re talking 700c x 23 - 30 rubber, I’d say the best is the Lezyne Road Drive series, which comes in 3 sizes and either alu or carbon fiber bodies, so you can fine tune based on tire size, style, and weight preferences.

I use Lezyne Road Drive in size M on three bikes, and think the sleek, slender, classy styling is pretty discreet on-bike, and of course that the pumping performance, versatility, and reliability are excellent.

As one reference and comparison point: https://m.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews...yne-road-drive


https://m.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews...-racerocket-hp

Another road tire pump which reportedly performs very well and which has some cool spec and styling is the Silca Tattico, one model of which even uses Bluetooth to transmit pressure reading to your phone! If pressure reading is your thing, Lezyne offer a Gauge Hose to replace the stock hose on Road Drive pumps which will display pressure. I have one, and it seems to work fine, but I don’t find it all that useful as I ride tubeless primarily and only use the mini for the very rare emergency or aid situation.

Frquency of use is another factor in deciding which is best, as regular use will really reveal the frustrating elements of pump design.
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Old 10-20-17, 09:07 AM
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I use the same one, they're good
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Old 10-20-17, 10:27 AM
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Apollo I Ultra Compact Mini Bike Pump with High Volume / High Pressure Switch

I have this one. I got a flat on my car once after riding. My donut spare was flat too from just sitting in the trunk for several years. I actually was able to put enough air in the donut to get me to a gas station that had an air compressor.
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Old 10-20-17, 10:36 AM
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How good is the telescoping Zefal mini-pump? I saw on in the pump bucket at the local bike coop. Looks like f it works it could fill a tire much faster than a standard mini-pump. Zephal does know how to make good pumps. They've been doing it for a while.

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Old 10-20-17, 10:41 AM
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I'm currently using a Lezyne Road Drive mini pump:

Lezyne - Engineered Design - Products - Hand Pumps - High Pressure - Road Drive

No complaints so far. Also has the flexible hose but only for presta. If you also want schrader, then you will have to get a different model pump (like HP, HV, etc). See the page about the hose here:

https://www.lezyne.com/product-hpumps...bsflexhose.php

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Old 10-20-17, 10:47 AM
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Blackburn SL Airstik micropump.

Fits in my saddle bag.

My wife says it is even smaller than my .... never-mind.
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Old 10-20-17, 10:57 AM
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Another vote for the Lezyne Road Drive.
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Whenever you watch a You Tube demonstration of hand pumps, its never with a a rider who is like 5'-2" and 105 lbs. OK, given that she would only pump a road tire only to 85lbs. Still, I would say all mini pumps rely on arm strength.

That is why the Road Morph is different. It works like a floor pump where arm strength is not the main thing. Yet, I see even on You Tube demonstrations, the person not using their own weight and leg strength to pump up the tire.
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Old 10-20-17, 01:38 PM
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Topeak Road Morph G, adds a pressure gauge to the foot peg, handle and hose setup of the Road Morph (it's handy when you have 9 flats in a group doing a century). If you want to mount it to your water bottle bosses, you will have to get a mount for a mountain bike pump because of the diameter.
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Old 10-20-17, 07:42 PM
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Whenever you watch a You Tube demonstration of hand pumps, its never with a a rider who is like 5'-2" and 105 lbs. OK, given that she would only pump a road tire only to 85lbs. Still, I would say all mini pumps rely on arm strength.

That is why the Road Morph is different. It works like a floor pump where arm strength is not the main thing. Yet, I see even on You Tube demonstrations, the person not using their own weight and leg strength to pump up the tire.
Yup ^ Exactly why I love the Road Morph. I don't have the strength to use the other style of pumps. I'm barely 5'4 & 125 lbs so my road tires only need to get into the 60-70s, but still around 30 psi I have to really start using my weight to get it any higher.

For the pump attachment - It does come with a mount to attach in place of a bottle cage, or with zip ties elsewhere on the frame...But you can also still buy the side mount for under the cage, part Tpd-2c Bracket.
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Old 10-20-17, 09:19 PM
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...Uses a flexible hose and has a narrow pumping cylinder, making pumping much easier and less likely to damage the valve than most rigid mini-pumps.
I've heard this argument before but I just can't imagine that there are so many people breaking off stems with rigid pumps that it would actually be something to worry about(?)
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Old 10-20-17, 09:52 PM
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I've handled the various Lezyne mini pumps several times at the LBS. They're handsome pumps, beautifully engineered and feel like top quality. But there are a few design quirks that always put me off buying one. These would mostly be an issue with cold, wet hands. If you never encounter that situation, the Lezyne is more appealing because it looks damned good.

Both have extension hoses. That's a good thing. I wouldn't buy a portable pump without an extension hose. That was the only flaw with my old Zefal frame pump decades ago. Fortunately the Schrader valve on my old Motobecane was flexible and wouldn't break or bend under stress like a Presta.
  • The Lezyne extension hose is a separate piece that's stored inside the tube. It must be installed and removed with each use.
  • The Topeaks simply slide in and out. The only tricky bit is the minor adjustment for Schrader/Presta valves.
  • The Topeaks have rubbery grips. Again, better with cold, wet or sweaty hands. I've experienced that a few times in winter rides.
  • The Topeaks have rounded ends. You have put more pressure on those rounded ends against the base of the palm with less discomfort.

If I bought a Lezyne I'd add some heavy duty grip tape to the barrel. But the design -- with the removable hose rather than built in like the Topeak -- precludes modifying the barrel end to be more comfortable for bracing against the palm for more leverage.

But, dang, those Lezynes are good looking pumps. If I mostly used CO2 and only needed a pump as a backup, I'd probably go for the Lezyne.
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I've heard this argument before but I just can't imagine that there are so many people breaking off stems with rigid pumps that it would actually be something to worry about(?)
I've never actually seen one break, but I've seen plenty bent to where they didn't work as well, and that's with people being really careful. Not having to brace the chuck lets me fill my tires faster and more comfortably.
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Another vote for the Lezyne Road Drive.
+1 I'm happy with mine and while I am slow when replacing tubes, I've replaced a dozen out on the road.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
I've never actually seen one break, but I've seen plenty bent to where they didn't work as well, and that's with people being really careful. Not having to brace the chuck lets me fill my tires faster and more comfortably.
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