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Anyone have a Topeak Micro Rocket pump?

Old 10-21-08, 04:44 PM
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Anyone have a Topeak Micro Rocket pump?

I am thinking about getting one of these pumps, does anyone have it connected to their frame? Does it only come with a bottle cage mount? How does the bottle cage mount work and can I still put a bottle in it?

Also, should I go with the carbon model or aluminum?
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I have one, the Al one. IMO the carbon one is a waste of money, and I think it's actually heavier
I mounted mine under my bottle cage on the down tube, it works fine, and yes you can still use your cage.

I can get you a pic if you want, let me know.

It works well, but it takes quite a bit of pumping to get up to pressure (300/400 pumps to get abouve 100psi... I guess its about the same for all small frame pumps)

I use mine in combo with my co2. a few pumps to get the tire seated, or check the tube for multiple punctures, than hit it with the co2 and ride off.
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I just bought one the alt version with the T handle ,,, it's smaller than I expected.. I put about 100 pumps on a tire to test it and think i got it to 60 PSI ... hopefully I won't flat, but If I do I can atleast limp back home.
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Yep. Works great, but expect 300-400 strokes to get to 80-100 psi. But it does work. I use it as a failsafe for my CO2 cartridges, and when those do fail, it's a Godsend. In Greece I only have the micro pump, I can't carry CO2 on the airplane going over. I did use it quite a bit in Greece (I got a bunch of flat tires there over two weeks). Always got me up and going.

The best thing is that it fits in a small saddle bag, your back pocket or a water bottle. That's worth the minor inconvenience of a little more elbow grease in the rare instances when I have to use the pump, and then I'm very glad I have it.
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The reason I want it is because it does barely fit in my saddle bag (tested it at the LBS today). But it might not fit with tire pries/tube so I might have to use the bottle cage mount option.

mr handy- a pic would be very helpful so I can see just how it fits on a bottle cage seeing as mine is a little oddly shaped, thanks.

This is just for emergencies so I can endure the ~300 pumps to get my CX tires to 80 psi.
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Aren't all mini pumps 'just for emergencies'?
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I use mine for two things - find out where the puncture is and what caused it, and to add enough air to seat the tire. Then I use CO2. It easily fits in your back pocket so don't worry about connecting it to your frame. Just put in inside your helmet with gloves after each ride and you won't forget it.

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The best thing is that it fits in a small saddle bag, your back pocket or a water bottle. That's worth the minor inconvenience of a little more elbow grease in the rare instances when I have to use the pump, and then I'm very glad I have it.[/QUOTE]


+1. I also carry it in a small saddle bag. So far I needed it three times, each time allowed me to inflate to a little over 80 psi (confirmed later at home) and it didn't take too long.
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I love mine. Sure you've got to sit there for a while and put in quite a few pumps, but surprisingly for it's size it doesn't take too much muscle to get it up to pressure.

It's small enough to put it into your back pocket or saddle bag, or you can mount it to the braze on's for the bottle cages and you can still use your bottle cages.
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100 psi in 100 strokes, without getting harder to pump at higher pressures and with an internal gauge.

Best pump ever.

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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Yep. Works great, but expect 300-400 strokes to get to 80-100 psi. But it does work. I use it as a failsafe for my CO2 cartridges, and when those do fail, it's a Godsend. In Greece I only have the micro pump, I can't carry CO2 on the airplane going over. I did use it quite a bit in Greece (I got a bunch of flat tires there over two weeks). Always got me up and going.

The best thing is that it fits in a small saddle bag, your back pocket or a water bottle. That's worth the minor inconvenience of a little more elbow grease in the rare instances when I have to use the pump, and then I'm very glad I have it.
Pretty much my thoughts exactly. I have one, and while it's not a joy to use, it'll at least get a tire inflated well enough to get you home.

If I were going somewhere where flats happen constantly, like Greece, apparently, I'd carry a Topeak Road Morph, though. It's the same price as the carbon fibre Micro Rocket, but works much better and would be good enough to replace a floor pump while I was traveling.
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Old 10-21-08, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Hocam View Post


100 psi in 100 strokes, without getting harder to pump at higher pressures and with an internal gauge.

Best pump ever.
That Swedish Quicker Pro pump seems to be nice
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The clamp is mounted between the frame and the bottle cage. this is no problem as most cage bolts are 3/4 inches long.

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yes, i have the carbon one. works great. i keep it in my pocket.

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I have the carbon version (I really like the way the carbon looks), I don't know if the aluminum one is lighter, but the carbon is pretty light...maybe 35 grams. as shown in the photo from mr handy, there is no cap on the pump head, I just use some black electrical tape.

as everyone has said, it does work, but requires many strokes. most of the time I ride with a few guys with full size frame pumps, so its just for those few times I might catch a flat on my own. In san fran and marin, there are shops close by if I need to use their floor pump. I won't use co2 out of prinicple...it seems like such a waste of resources. maybe if I was in a race, I might consider it.
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Nice F80!!!
I've tested many of the Topeak pumps and they all work great to me... however I rather sacrifice a little more bulk and go w/ the Topeak Morph Road w/ the Gauge, it pretty much does all my pumping for me... no need for the floor pump
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Old 10-22-08, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by fogrider View Post
I have the carbon version (I really like the way the carbon looks), I don't know if the aluminum one is lighter, but the carbon is pretty light...maybe 35 grams. as shown in the photo from mr handy, there is no cap on the pump head, I just use some black electrical tape.

as everyone has said, it does work, but requires many strokes. most of the time I ride with a few guys with full size frame pumps, so its just for those few times I might catch a flat on my own. In san fran and marin, there are shops close by if I need to use their floor pump. I won't use co2 out of prinicple...it seems like such a waste of resources. maybe if I was in a race, I might consider it.
+1, I too have the Carbon pump.

after being intriqued I jut bought a quicker pro pump on ebay and will see how fast that pumps up.

I love the look and lightweight of CArbon, but for winter time riding, I would rather have a heavier pump that needs (100 strokes to get to 100psi) then my current topeak which requires 400+

If anyone is interested I will post my comparison then.

HERE IS A MINI PUMP TEST DONE BY VELONEWS:
Velonews Pump Test "PDF"

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Old 10-22-08, 09:26 AM
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Thanks for the help guys, last night I ordered the aluminum version on Amazon for $24 shipped.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Aren't all mini pumps 'just for emergencies'?
This pump can get me going to 100+ psi on a good day.
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I have large experience with the topeak micro rocket and flats.

It's fine, but you won't bring in more than 6bar. It takes 300 or more pumps; while the first 200 are done in in no time, the last 100 can get quite exhausting. If you put it outside on the frame, I would go for another, better (and longer) model. It makes only sense if you put it in a saddlebag or similar.

The quickex quicker pro with a lenght of 18cm confirmedly is able to put in up to 8 bar, so it is probably the better choice.

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+1, I too have the Carbon pump.

after being intriqued I jut bought a quicker pro pump on ebay and will see how fast that pumps up.
Prepare to be amazed.
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Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
Prepare to be amazed.
Just got a Quicker Pro Pump in the mail. This thing is great!

The gauge seems to only work half the time though. Also, with the pump fully extended, am I supposed to hear a faint hissing noise? I still get to 120 PSI in 120 or so strokes, but these two problems are making me feel like I should send it back for another. I've heard that they have quality control problems, but maybe that is making me overreact to non-issues.
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OK, I will continue the hijack of this thread...anyone have experience with BOTH the Topeak Micro AND the Quicker Pro? If so, please post your impressions. Hocam??

I want a small pump (less than 7 inches) that fits in my saddle bag, and it seems these two are the top contenders.
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I use mine as a 'limp me home' device.
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"Carbon" Micro Rocket fan here... lives next to my downtube water bottle to back up the CO2. I forget it's there, but am damn glad it is. Works every time, so far, and it's great to lend to people who flat and don't have air.
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