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Planet Bike SSX / Nashbar L'Orange floor pumps...?

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Old 01-11-06, 08:10 AM
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Planet Bike SSX / Nashbar L'Orange floor pumps...?

I know I'm probably wearing you guys out with the pump questions, so this will be my last one...

Just curious if anyone has experience with either of these models. Both are currently on sale for ~$30 (regular $50), and one will likely be the one I go with.

The SSX seems very solid with stainless barrel, stainless base, completely rebuildable, dual-valve head, a large color-coded gauge (although it's mounted fairly low) and a comfortable handle. It's also rated to deliver 200psi (although the gauge only goes up to 160psi).

The L'Orange is Performance's top model. It's a steel barrel (not stainless). It's main advantage is the higher gauge mounting and a pressure relief valve (although it's near the head, and not on the handle where you could actually see the gauge). It's rated for 160psi.

But, none of this tells me about the perfromance in pumping a road tire up to 120+psi. And, I can't seem to find much in the way of online reviews of either model, though.

Thanks (again) for any info.

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I've got the Planet Bike SSX. Not much I can say except it pumps fine and I like it so far. I generally top off my tires prior to each ride, so 1 or 2 pumps will do the trick.

Here's a semi-review, although it doesn't say much.

http://www.gearreview.com/pb_ssxfloorpump.php
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Thanks. That's review's the only one I've been able to find on the SSX, and you're right, it doesn't say much.

Just out of curiosity, have you played around at all with seeing how much pressure the SSX would really do? I'm curious if their 200psi claim is accurate, or just a way to set them apart from the competition.

It really does sound like a solid pump for the $$$. Glad to hear that it actually works!

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I hate to be a jerk, but I think you need to hear this. It's a freaking floor pump! Save the deep analysis for more important decisions such as boxers or briefs
My experience with floor pumps is that they all have a limited lifespan before the rubber plunger seals go, but then again this could of just been my experience because I didn't analyze my pump buying decisions close enough...
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