Pumps & CO2 inflators
SKS Airchamp Pro refreshes the parts other CO2 inflators cannot reach - or at least mine did when a cartridge accidentally engaged in the pocket of my shorts! That aside, it wins over similar inflators thanks to an ergonomic body and a clever thumb switch that allows controlled pressure release without jettisoning all the compressed gas in one hit. At £2.50 a cartridge, it best suits competitive riders who puncture infrequently.
The SKS Diago's sleek appearance sets it apart from the vast majority of mini pumps but the design isn't just for show. The smooth integration of the handle and pump head helps to prevent grit and dirt from fouling the mechanism whilst the ridges that run the length on the pump clip nicely into the provided frame mount.
The SKS Wese Roadrace minipump is a neat and practical solution if you are looking for a relatively cheap and lightweight pump to keep you rolling on your road bike. The Wese only has a Presta valve fitting, which rules it out for some, but as it does say on the side, this is a Roadrace pump.
With its CNC-machined aluminium body and subtle gold detailing, the Crank Brothers Power Pump Ultra is a sturdy and good looking mini pump. Despite the lack of a bottle cage bracket, it's very portable: at 175mm it's small enough for a jersey pocket. As with many tiny pumps, inflating a road tyre to a usable pressure requires the patience of a saint. It best suits cyclists who travel lightly, puncture rarely, and perhaps have a CO2 cartridge in reserve.
The Crankbrothers Alloy Power Pump is one worth considering if you want a single pump to take out on all your bikes. While it lacks the outright pushing power of some mini pumps the switchable stroke volume, useful pressure gauge and easy-to use twin head make it a good choice if your stable spans road and dirt.
The nice people at Birzman say the designs of their bike tools are inspired by nature. Hence, according to their website, the Zacoo Next floor pump design “originates from the Birzman premier 5 degree floor pump” which itself originates from “the trunk of a tree … a true vertical expression of strength and stability.”
Xtreme's Air Jumper track pump is a well built budget offering that's easy to use and sturdy enough to stick around for a while. It's not quite as rounded as some of the more expensive offerings, but for less than £25, who cares?
The pump is mostly steel in construction, with a solid barrel and pressed steel foot that's hardy enough. The gauge is a good size and accurate when compared to our digital pressure meter, and the hose is nice and long with a smart head that'll adapt to Presta or Schraeder valves with no tinkering.
Coming in at 297mm long the Lezyne Road Drive isn't really a mini-pump, it's hard to be truly mini when you're A4 length, but it's too small for a frame-fit pump, yet it comes with it's own alloy bottle-cage mounting bracket so it must be some strange breed of mini-pump then, a midi-pump maybe.
The Campione track pump from Genuine Innovations certainly looks smart, a stylish maroon and cream with a ‘premium’ wood handle and brass fixings that sashays it out of the workshop and places it artfully next to the Eames Chair in the warehouse conversion.
The main body of the pump is steel while the foot is aluminium, the toes of which have a rubber covering which feels nice under socked soles pumping tyres up when between slippers and Sidis.
The Pedros Super Prestige is a solid pump. The main body is made from sturdy alloy while the handle is oak. The result is a reassuringly tough feeling pump.