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At 29cm long and 163g, this Pro Performance 2Way mini pump is definitely at the maxi end of mini. It's not one you'll want to stick in your jersey pocket but it is one you should consider fixing to your bike, because it's a solid performer.
What do you get for your £24.99? Well, you get an alloy barrel and shaft and a nylon T-bar handle, that clips into place using a magnet when the pump is stowed on your bike. The chuck is a standard two-piece one with a dust cover that's flippable for presta or schraeder, and it locks on using a plastic locking lever that doesn't catch your fingers when you use it. The supplied bike mount is an under-the-bottle-cage one with a decent plastic clip and an O-ring for extra security.
That's all well and good, I hear you ask, but how does it do on the whole pumping-the-tyres-up thing? Very well, it turns out. The 2Way in the name refers to the fact that it pumps when you pull as well as when you push, meaning you get two blasts of air into your tube for each stroke. That, and the fact that the pump has a decent-sized barrel that's narrow for pushing high pressures, means it makes short work of road flats. Well, for a mini pump.
Normally when I'm testing mini pumps I give myself 100 strokes to warm up (careful) and then check the tyre to see how much of a sysiphean ordeal getting to any meaningful pressure will be. However, after just the hundred ins and outs I'd managed to get 97psi into a 700x23c tyre with this little beauty. Job done. If you're a sucker for a harsh ride you can easily get to 120psi with this pump. I say "easily": it's more work than the same number strokes of a normal pump because you're pushing and pulling air. But it's not like you need hulk-like biceps to get back on the road.
Any negatives? Well the plastic parts might degrade in the salt and cold of winter, the plastic locking lever probably being the most likely to succumb. The shaft is a bit wobbly at full extension. But other than that, it's a keeper.
All in all the Pro Performance pump puts in an excellent, er, performance. It's not madly expensive, the build quality is good and most importantly it'll pump your tyres up, hard, without giving you a coronary. It's too big for a pocket but will look fairly smart on anything other than your posh race bike.
Excellent pumping performance in a (fairly) small package; one to recommend
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Make and model: PRO Performance 2way minipump
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?
Nothing on the manufacturer's website. But it's a road pump so we'd expect it to pump up road tyres. Which it does.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Maximum pumpage from minimum footprint.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 42 Height: 190cm Weight: 101kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.