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Decent pump at a decent price that is a pleasure to use
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1,111g
Zefal Profil Max FP60 floor pump
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Zefal's Profil Max FP60 is a decent floor pump and doesn't cost the earth. It's pretty well-made and is a pleasure to use. It looks like it'll go the distance and if the head wears out then replacement is available.

Zefal Profil Max FP60 - valve head 2.jpg

Zefal Profil Max FP60 - valve head 2.jpg

The FP60 is made from quality ingredients: an anodised aluminium barrel, a wooden handle (beech, forest product fans) and a reinforced composite base. While the base is plenty strong, the position of the barrel on the base makes it possible to rock the pump back even with both feet on the base. This gives the impression the base is flexible, which it's not. This combination of materials makes the pump feel pretty light at 1.1kg.

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Zefal Profil Max FP60 - handle.jpg

Zefal Profil Max FP60 - handle.jpg

At 110cm, it has a pretty long hose, which makes pumping up tyres on bikes in a workstand easily doable. The Z-switch head handles Presta, Schrader and Dunlop valves. In use, the pumping action is really smooth and is a pleasure to use.

Zefal Profil Max FP60 - dial.jpg

Zefal Profil Max FP60 - dial.jpg

A 700x23 tyre takes 29 strokes to get up to 120 psi. The dial tops out around 170 psi; I didn't have anything to hand that would take that pressure, but 120 psi felt easy-peasy anyway.

Zefal Profil Max FP60 - shaft.jpg

Zefal Profil Max FP60 - shaft.jpg

I own a Topeak Joe Blow Sport and have been happy with it for many years. It costs the same as the Zefal at an RRP of £36.99, which I think is about the price to pay for a decent, durable workshop tool. In comparison, I think the Joe Blow has the better construction; I prefer the design and material choice of its base. In terms of usability though, the Zefal has the upper hand. The long hose, Z-switch head, big dial and smooth pumping action make it a pleasure to use.

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Zefal Profil Max FP60 - footplate.jpg

Verdict

Decent pump at a decent price that is a pleasure to use

road.cc test report

Make and model: Zefal Profil Max FP60

Size tested: Height: 670 mm / 26.4 '', Hose Length: 1100 mm / 43''

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Zefal says:

The Profil Max FP60 floor pump is a high-quality product manufactured at our factory in France. The handle is made from wood and the body from anodised aluminium. The hi-tech base is reinforced using fibres ensuring that the vibrations or high temperatures created during inflation are absorbed. The Profil Max FP60 benefits from Zefal's experience of more than 130 years combined with its innovation.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Zefal says:

Made in France: benefits from Zefal's experience since 1880.

Z-switch system: easily changed from Presta to Schrader or Dunlop valves via a simple switch.

Handle made from wood sourced in France: wood sourced from sustainable forests. Robust and high-quality.

Large reinforced base: reinforced material providing a high level of rigidity.

Gauge with magnifying lens: easier gauge reading.

Integrated locking hook: for handle and hose.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
8/10

The pump has a really nice, smooth action.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

£36.99 is about on a par for floor pumps of this calibre. Cheaper as well as more expensive ones are available.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It did what it's supposed to do, comfortably and without fuss. The long hose is a plus, as is the big dial.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The smooth pumping action.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I would have preferred a steel (or other metal) base to make it less flexible in use.

Did you enjoy using the product? Overall, yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

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Zefal's FP60 is a decent pump, priced appropriately. It does the job, has a long hose and the z-switch head makes switching between the three valve types super easy. The big dial makes it easier to read the pressure gauge. I would have preferred a sturdier base though.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: All of them!  My best bike is: Cannondale CAAD10

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

4 comments

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Augsburg [20 posts] 11 months ago
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Having owned several pumps over the years, the number one thing I want to know about a pump is how did they seal the pump piston.  Old fashioned leather cup (used by Silca and still by far the best solution)? A plastic or rubber cup varient?  Or a cheap o-ring?  If they went to an o-ring, expect the pump to fail in a year or two.  

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StoopidUserName [308 posts] 11 months ago
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How is it possible to give a pump review without discussing the accuracy of the gauge?

is it 10 psi out? 20? 2? Is it consistantly out by the same amount?

Tyre pressure is said to be important yet this is never tested in these reviews

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Lancesky [9 posts] 11 months ago
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StoopidUserName wrote:

How is it possible to give a pump review without discussing the accuracy of the gauge?

is it 10 psi out? 20? 2? Is it consistantly out by the same amount?

Tyre pressure is said to be important yet this is never tested in these reviews

 

No pump company produces their own gauges so it's safe to assume that any reputable pump company will source their gauges from a legit gauge maker which will produce accurate results. 

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Iwein Dekoninck [60 posts] 11 months ago
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@Augsburg Interesting point. I couldn't find a none-destructive way to answer your question I'm afraid. If I was buying this pump, I would trust the Zefal brand name enough to expect the pump to last longer than a couple of years. There is a small icon that advises lubricating the piston with oil, though I'm not sure what that would mean either way.

@StoopidUserName I did think about including this in my review, however I don't have a calibrated, super-accurate device to hand to compare against. Just for you, I pumped up a standard 23c tyre to 120psi with my probably 10 years old Joe Blow Sport. I then attached the Zefal and it needed a couple of pumps to register 120psi on the Zefal. That is as close as I can get to a comment about accuracy for this pump.

For me personally, absolute accuracy is not of great importance when buying a pump, though I do think tyre pressure is important. I tend to adjust by feel: how the tyres grip while riding, and using the old squeeze the tyre with my thumb method. Once I know the pressure I like with my floor pump, I can just keeping using the same pressure. Whether that pressure is accurate (as in whether another pump will show it as the same pressure) or not is not really that important to me.  Though I didn't verify this with any device, the pressure achieved with the pump felt consistent.