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Old 12-01-13, 07:57 AM
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Need new pump

SUGGESTIONS on the current best pump ?


max air, reliable, no mini pumps.
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Originally Posted by BLYTZPK
SUGGESTIONS on the current best pump ?


max air, reliable, no mini pumps.
Floor or frame? For the frame, a Topeak Morph is best. Probably road since that's where you are posting this.

For floor pumps, I haven't got a clue. I haven't found a floor pump worth a damn since my Madea from the 1980s gave up the ghost about 10 years ago. Topeak Joe Blow is okay. Not great but at least it's cheap. Park's floor pumps don't. People love Silca's but I haven't found one that is "lovable". I haven't found a multi-fit pump head yet that works as advertised.
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I have a Joe Blow Sport II. Like cyccommute said, it's okay. I would like a better one but it works. I have a Topeak Peakini Mini Pump that I carry with me. That sucks but it gets the job done and was only $15.
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These are good.

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For floor pumps, I have a lezyne, a joe blow and a specialized pump. As much as it pains me to say this, the best one is the specialized pump.
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IMO, the pump head the makes or breaks a floor pump. I like thread-on chucks (e.g. Lezyne) for positive leak-free engagement and not preventing the presta valve from moving freely, but it can get a bit tedious to thread them on and off. I have a Topeak Twin Head lever operated chuck that works acceptably well. I used it a couple of years and had to get a replacement seal for it. It supposedly works on Schrader valves too but I've never tried it.

For a minipump carried on the bike, I stick with pumps that have a hose and thread-on chuck so as not to stress the stem and not loose any hard earned air pressure. The Topeak Race Rocket is the best I've used. I also have a Lezyne road drive which is OK but the chuck and separate non-rotating hose is not as convenient as the Topeak.
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I have the Topeak Joe Blow Max and I love it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Topeak-JoeBl...item4179c9088d
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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27
For floor pumps, I have a lezyne, a joe blow and a specialized pump. As much as it pains me to say this, the best one is the specialized pump.
I had problems messing up the presta valve with the Joe Blow. I bought a Specialized Air Tool HP floor pump and I've been very impressed. I especially like how the head automatically adapts to both schraeder and presta valves. I've had mine for 2 years now and it still works great.
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I'll second a specialized pump. I really like mine.
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What's your budget? Supposedly the Hirame head/chuck is far and away the best but it's $80ish just for the head. Apparently that coupled with a silca or Lezyne CNC is the best, but pricey.
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I have a joe blow and a specialized. The specialized has the better pump head of the two although I sometimes found that with a completely empty tube it didn't always work without fiddling. The joe blow wouldn't always work when just topping off a tire unless you released a little air. I then swapped the head on the Joe Blow for a KNCN head - which is now the best pump I have ever used by a long shot.

Between the two without swapping the head, I would get the specialized in a heart beat. I didn't swap the head on the specialized since it just works pretty well, all the time.

I don't like having the screw the pump head onto the valve, so never went for some of the classic "best" pumps.
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Originally Posted by datlas
What's your budget? Supposedly the Hirame head/chuck is far and away the best but it's $80ish just for the head. Apparently that coupled with a silca or Lezyne CNC is the best, but pricey.
reference: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=Hirame+lezyne
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I have the Specialized and Joe Blow and I would also third the Specialized.
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My Lezyne Steel Floor Drive works great. Very happy with it.
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Wow, specialized must be good. I have the Joe Blow Sport and it works perfectly every time, no hassle. I don't remember what it cost but it's not very expensive.
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I've been using the JoeBlow Sprint for years. I did replace the TwinHead after it wore out with the SmartHead, which is better and easier to use, imho. I also have the Lezyne cnc and although a very solid pump, prefer to use the JoeBlow. I also prefer threadless stems which are easier on the heads.
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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27
For floor pumps, I have a lezyne, a joe blow and a specialized pump. As much as it pains me to say this, the best one is the specialized pump.
What do you like better about the Specialized? I have a Lezyne and had a Joe Blow. There is no comparison between the two. The Lezyne is built to last. I sold the Joe Blow. The Joe Blow has been rebuilt a few times. Everything that could go wrong with that pump did. I haven't have any problem with the Lezyne.
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I hate spending the time screwing the pump head on with the Lezyne. I know it's petty, but the air chuck doesn't always spin independently of the hose and it can be a real PITA. Has to be lined up perfectly. It is useful on the occasions where an inline adapter fits better in tight spaces, like my 5 year old's bike tires, and my car tires. I have had one air chuck fail and blow out an o-ring around the bleed button, and it took forever and asking twice to get another one from Lezyne. Also, I can't use it on wheels with valve extenders. The Joe Blow pump head kind of sucks. It's more difficult to engage than the Specialized pump head, especially over unusual shapes like valve extenders. The pin that hinges the lever falls out the side on mine. Also, the pressure gauge reads about 10 psi higher than reality. The Specialized pump has none of these problems. The pump head engages quickly and easily over standard presta, schrader, valve extenders, whatever. The gauge is accurate to within 5 psi. All pumps are adequate with respect to the volume they output per stroke. The lezyne gauge is accurate to with 5 psi. I don't care too much about built to last. It doesn't bother me to buy a $50 pump every 8 years or so.

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another vote for lezyne. although I had a blackburn floor pump that lasted over 10 years.
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I have the Specialized Air Tool Comp floor pump, and use it before EVERY ride. Had it for 8 years and no issues.
For the frame, I use a Blackburn Air Stik. I like that it mounts off to the side allowing for a second bottle cage.

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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27
I hate spending the time screwing the pump head on with the Lezyne. I know it's petty, but the air chuck doesn't always spin independently of the hose and it can be a real PITA. Has to be lined up perfectly. It is useful on the occasions where an inline adapter fits better in tight spaces, like my 5 year old's bike tires, and my car tires. I have had one air chuck fail and blow out an o-ring around the bleed button, and it took forever and asking twice to get another one from Lezyne. Also, I can't use it on wheels with valve extenders. The Joe Blow pump head kind of sucks. It's more difficult to engage than the Specialized pump head, especially over unusual shapes like valve extenders. The pin that hinges the lever falls out the side on mine. Also, the pressure gauge reads about 10 psi higher than reality. The Specialized pump has none of these problems. The pump head engages quickly and easily over standard presta, schrader, valve extenders, whatever. The gauge is accurate to within 5 psi. All pumps are adequate with respect to the volume they output per stroke. The lezyne gauge is accurate to with 5 psi. I don't care too much about built to last. It doesn't bother me to buy a $50 pump every 8 years or so.
I agree with you on screwing the Lezyne chuck on the valve stem. I will eventually replace it with an aftermarket chuck.
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For those considering a replacement pump head, KCNC has a very nice looking unit that's an alternative to the Hirame, although it shares the presta-only limitation: https://fairwheelbikes.com/kcnc-pump-head-p-2000.html

I've not used the KCNC, but then again I've not had any real troubles with my pumps at all over the years. I'm using a Nashbar Pro or something like that now that is at least 10 years old and has what one might think would be a troublesome, dual nozzle, auto-selecting head for presta/shraeder; just put it on, and it switches airflow to the engaged nozzle. It actually works pretty damn well, though sometimes does need a little knock on the head to get to selection'! No complaints with this pump at all, though IIRC it was about $80. Their current L'Orange (https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...23_-1___202560) looks comparable, and with what is probably a better head for some applications.

I have used others' crappy floor pumps, and I'd say that, as a purchasing tip, to go with metal barrels, metal shafts, and metal bases; if you can extend the handle and flex the shaft easily side-to-side with only light pressure on the handle, take a pass and look at others. Oh, sufficiently long hose is nice, too, especially if you want to inflate while the bike is on a stand or car rack.
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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27
I hate spending the time screwing the pump head on with the Lezyne. I know it's petty, but the air chuck doesn't always spin independently of the hose and it can be a real PITA. Has to be lined up perfectly.
This is why I don't like the Lezyne. Otherwise, its a solid pump.
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Originally Posted by FLvector
This is why I don't like the Lezyne. Otherwise, its a solid pump.
Yeah, that would be a hassle with a floor pump, but I don't mind it for on-bike pumps which only see secondary, occasional use. In fact, I appreciate it on the Road Drive pumps I have because it keeps them compact and streamlined, which would be very difficult to do with a lever lock type head, although I think Crank Brothers did an admirable job with the Sterling SG, from a design perspective (I haven't used one).
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Originally Posted by BLYTZPK
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max air, reliable, no mini pumps.

My pump is morphing at the landfill. Topeak sez its my fault. Could be inhaled some Slime from Spec tubes.
The floor pump is…a Wal $10 barrel pump done by hand. And an early ‘50’s pump from the dumpster.
Need a Frame pump for the planned lower CDL expedition.
Maybe NRS ?

I’m still kicking myself for not buying clipon heads from Loosescrews.

Topeak is the bullet proof road pump ? A Topeak will last longer than 2 months…

Long life isn’t the problem. A gradual descent into malfunction is.

The head is the important part. I vaguely remember the road Morp’s head popping off or leaking. Maybe my error… Topeak sez….

Racks are next.

First racks are from deep discount at Nashbar. Universal Cycles has rack photos. I get the idea AL racks are designed adding struts when one section cracks out.

Does NRS sell racks ?
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