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Floor Pump: Joe Blow Sport vs Pro?

Old 08-27-08, 12:50 PM
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Floor Pump: Joe Blow Sport vs Pro?

My Silca frame pump from the early 80's is starting to go on me, and I am leaning towards replacing it with one of the Topeak "Joe Blow" pumps....and am torn between the Sport (approx $30 after discounts) and the Pro (approx $60)....I am wondering if anyone here has used BOTH pumps and could give me their impression as to whether the Pro is worth paying the extra coin. My inclination is to get the Sport, but since I get a pump only every 25 years or so, maybe it's worthwhile to get the Pro?

If it matters, I only use presta valves. It seems that one of the differences between these pumps is the head(s).

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P.S. Not that I don't appreciate all thoughts, but I am mostly interested in hearing feedback from folks who have used BOTH these pumps.
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Old 08-27-08, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
It seems that one of the differences between these pumps is the head(s).

Doug
Never underestimate the value of (a) good head.

BTW - I have both and the guage on the Pro broke after relatively little use.
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Hey, I own both. I can't speak to their longevity, though, but I can say that the sport is just fine. From memory, I think the head on the pro was slightly easier to use. If you go for a pro, you might as well get another Silca, though, no?
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I have used both and I have a Joe Blow Turbo. Get the pro. The gauge on the bottom of the sport is not nearly as nice as the gauge on the top.
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My joe blow sport (the yellow one) has been going strong for 3 years with no issues. The head isn't the best, but it gets air in the tires all the time without issue. I've found it leaks a little with some cheaper tube valves at high pressure, but you just pop it off and back on and it's good to go.
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I have the sport. It's great. No issues.
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are you running clinchers or tubulars?
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i am using topeak sprint, its good and easy to pump. A few strokes and its 120psi
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The sport works just fine for me
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Originally Posted by wideAMG View Post
are you running clinchers or tubulars?
Clinchers....conti 4000s to be specific. Only need 115 PSI max, usually use 105ish.

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JB Pro here. Nicest pump I have ever used. Not sure if greater jing for the Pro is justified, but since I use that pump everyday and it had such good reviews, I went for it.
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love the sport. there is a moveable red arrow that you align with the pressuere you want so you can see it from far away. eleminates the need for the gauge up high
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
My Silca frame pump from the early 80's is starting to go on me, and I am leaning towards replacing it with one of the Topeak "Joe Blow" pumps....and am torn between the Sport (approx $30 after discounts) and the Pro (approx $60)....I am wondering if anyone here has used BOTH pumps and could give me their impression as to whether the Pro is worth paying the extra coin. My inclination is to get the Sport, but since I get a pump only every 25 years or so, maybe it's worthwhile to get the Pro?

If it matters, I only use presta valves. It seems that one of the differences between these pumps is the head(s).

Doug

P.S. Not that I don't appreciate all thoughts, but I am mostly interested in hearing feedback from folks who have used BOTH these pumps.
Unfortunately I don't have both pumps. I have the sport and a Silca (got get that fixed). The Sport is good to 160 psi, a friend uses that. I normally use it to 140 psi.I had a little problem with the main head screw coming loose. This caused problems pumping to higher pressures. I too the head apart, very easy to do, and then put it back together. It's now working fine. I contacted Topeak about a rebuild kit and they sent me a head (very nice). I'm going got use silicon based lube to lube the head. I've had it at least two years and it's always in the back window of my car. I really like it.
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I just bought the Joe Blow Sprint: http://www.treefortbikes.com/140_333...p-(joeblo.html

It just shipped today though.
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I got the Joe Blow Pro about a month ago. A lot of BFers like the Pro but I'm actually a bit underwhelmed. The head to valve connection seems pretty tight, but in my opinion you have to pump a lot. It takes more arm stroking than my last few Hurricane pumps. In other words I don't think it pumps as much air pressure per stroke. Not that big of a deal though.
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I need a new pump. My wal mart pump can barely break 100psi and that's like 2+ minutes of pumping.
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The Pro is awesome. Works well and has a nice feel to it. 2 thumbs up.
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Having spent considerable money on high quality pumps in the past, I am not really sure if they were really worth it. Instead, I think it might be more cost effective to buy a mid-level pump that will just get the tire up over 120 psi. Then buy one of these brass tire guages.

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=2119

A high quality (and cheap) pressure guage with a presure relief valve is a great tool to accurately achieve the perfect tire pressure. I pump up my tires to 120 psi and then use this tool to drop it down to 110 psi or so. This tool is much more accurate the any of the guages on my expensive tire pumps.
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