The aptly named Quicker floor pump is a quirky, compact design with some clever touches but faces stiff competition from an army of budget models offering similar performance and build quality for less buck. It's certainly not a bad pump, but it doesn't stand out either.
Featuring a relatively short but sturdy 620mm double walled aluminium barrel and glass fibre reinforced feet; it enjoys a very planted, secure feel on most surfaces and seems nonchalant in the face of everyday, accidental carelessness. The dual Presta/Schrader valve head operates courtesy of a crude, yet effective sliding cover, which should last as long, or longer, than the more refined smart head type. However, the bigger head is an awkward fit on small- wheeled folders, tag-along/trailers and children’s solos.
Elsewhere a large, easy to read gauge seems more accurate than most when checked with a separate digital unit: it goes up to 154psi (11bar). An adjustable bezel with red pointer arrow provides useful at-a-glance readings but in the event of getting carried away, a clever bleed button trims unwanted pressure.
Performance is better than the compact dimensions suggest, raising a 700x23 to 125psi and a 1.5" MTB slick to 80 in 48 and 65 strokes respectively. However, the stiff plunger action demands greater effort – especially reaching the higher pressures – compared with similar models and while undoubtedly durable, the glass-fibre handle isn’t as tactile as modern ergonomic materials.
It's by no means a bad pump (especially when carted along to race meets), but performance relative to price is unremarkable given the competition from ever improving budget blasters and the use of an alloy barrel has little real advantage over steel. A worthy if slightly run of the mill track pump
road.cc test report
Make and model: Quicker floor pump
Size tested: n/a
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?
The quicker is a compact track pump aimed at the home enthusiast/workshop and enjoys some clever design but there's little advantage over many similar designs-especially those with steel barrels.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
620mm double walled aluminium, glass fibre feet and handle,maximum 11bar pressure reading, dual headed (Presta Shrader) valve end.
Generally very solid
Reliable and relatively efficient but requires more muscle and a consistent rythum to acheive higher pressures.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The quicker delivers efficient pressure to tyres of moderate to higher pressures but while the valve head is designed with greater durability than the more refined smart-head type, it's quite bulky which can prove awkward on small-wheels (Folders, trailers/tag-alongs, children's bikes etc)
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Solid build quality and nice, easy to read gauge.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Handle could prove uncomfortable with prolonged use.
Did you enjoy using the product? Pleasantly indifferent
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Not over and above many others on the market
About the tester
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)